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1996 Greece 200 Drachmas Banknote 02458857
Featured on this 200 Drachma banknote from 1996 Greece is the legendary Rigas Feraios the Greek revolutionary legend.
His deeds and words were to bring great changes in his country throughout history.
Like most other Greek banknotes it is hard to pass up on the fantastic history and images that are featured upon them.
This banknote is in very nice condition and will look great in any currency collection from this country.
Please see the pictures to judge for yourself.
Rigas Feraios or Velestinlis (1757 – June 24, 1798) was a Greek writer, political thinker and revolutionary, active in the Modern Greek Enlightenment, remembered as a Greek national hero, a victim of the Balkan uprising against the Ottoman Empire and a pioneer of the Greek War of Independence.
He entered into communication with general Napoleon Bonaparte, to whom he sent a snuff-box made of the root of a Bay Laurel taken from a ruined temple of Apollo, and eventually he set out with a view to meeting the general of the Army of Italy in Venice. While traveling there, he was betrayed by Demetrios Oikonomos Kozanites, a Greek businessman, had his papers confiscated, and was arrested at Trieste by the Austrian authorities (an ally of the Ottoman Empire, Austria was concerned the French Revolution might provoke similar upheavals in its realm and later formed the Holy Alliance).
He was handed over with his accomplices to the Ottoman governor of Belgrade, where he was imprisoned and tortured. From Belgrade, he was to be sent to Constantinople to be sentenced by Sultan Selim III. While in transit, he and his five collaborators were strangled to prevent their being rescued by Rigas's friend Osman Pazvantoğlu. Their bodies were thrown into the Danube River.
His last words are reported as being: "I have sown a rich seed; the hour is coming when my country will reap its glorious fruits".
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.
1996 Greece 200 Drachmas Banknote
Deep orange on multicolored underprint
Obverse: Rigas Feraios was a forerunner and leading figure of the Greek enlightenment and confederation. He was the first to visualize the liberation of the Balkans from the Ottoman Empire and was executed by the Ottomans in 1798 after vainly attempting to launch a Balkan-wide revolt against Ottoman rule
Reverse: Secret school run by Greek priests during the Ottoman occupation
Watermark: Bust of Philip of Macedonia - Philip II of Macedon was an ancient Greek king until his assassination in 336 and father of Alexander the Great and Philip III.