Nationalist Poet Dionysios Solomos "Hymn to Liberty" Poet 20 Drachmai Greece Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Anthem) (Greek Independence)
Dionysios Solomos National Poet 20 Drachmai Greece Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (National Anthem) (Greek Independence) (Hymn to Liberty)
Obverse: The portrait of Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857), a poet from Zakynthos author of the Greek national anthem, surrounded with his name in Greek (Δ. ΣΟΛΩΜΟΣ)
Lettering: Δ. ΣΟΛΩΜΟΣ
Translation: D. Solomos
Reverse: The value accompanied by an olive branch and the country name
Lettering: Δ. ΣΟΛΩΜΟΣ
Translation: Hellenic Republic
Period Third Hellenic Republic (1974-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Value 20 Drachmes (20 GRD)
Currency Third modern drachma (1954-2001)
Composition Copper-aluminium-nickel (92% Copper, 6% Aluminium, 2% Nickel)
Weight 7 g
Diameter 24.5 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 28 February 2002
Number N# 579
References KM# 154, Schön# 96
Dionysios Solomos (/ˈsɒləmɒs/; Greek: Διονύσιος Σολωμός [ði.oniˈsios soloˈmos]; 8 April 1798 – 9 February 1857) was a Greek poet from Zakynthos. He is best known for writing the Hymn to Liberty (Greek: Ὕμνος εις την Ἐλευθερίαν, Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían), which was set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros and became the Greek and Cypriot national anthem in 1865 and 1966 respectively. He was the central figure of the Heptanese School of poetry, and is considered the national poet of Greece—not only because he wrote the national anthem, but also because he contributed to the preservation of earlier poetic tradition and highlighted its usefulness to modern literature. Other notable poems include Ὁ Κρητικός (The Cretan), Ἐλεύθεροι Πολιορκημένοι (The Free Besieged). A characteristic of his work is that no poem except the Hymn to Liberty was completed, and almost nothing was published during his lifetime.
...Solomos is commonly referred to as Greece's "national poet" for his important legacy to Greek literature and national identity.
He was depicted on the reverse of the Greek 20 drachmas coin of 1990–2001. A 50 drachmas commemorative coin was issued in 1998 for the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The international airport on the island of Zakynthos and a square in Nicosia, Cyprus, are named after Dionysis Solomos.
The film Eternity and a Day (1998) depicts a dying Greek poet who attempts to complete some of Solomos' unfinished works. He also sees visions of Solomos (played by Fabrizio Bentivoglio) as he travels around Thessaloniki.