Look whose face is on the Greek drachma

Look whose face is on the Greek drachma


norman lebrecht

July 06, 2015

If Greece gets booted out of the Euro, this is what we can expect to use on holiday:

callas drachma


  • Simon S. says:

    Intersting. Could you specify your source, please?

  • Neven P says:

    Would be even more pleased to see Clara Schumann again…

  • Julio Sierra says:

    Well: 500 millions drachma shall be the price for a coffee next day the Markets open… So we shall see madam Callas a very few times in Bank notes…

  • Andrew says:

    Right- because the Greeks love Germany so much right now that they will put a German musician on their money?

    • Simon S. says:

      I suppose Neven P refers to the fact that Clara Schumann was on one of the Deutsche Mark notes.

  • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

    I would rather want all these bankrupto-euro-technocrats go to the opera and engage in something they much need: art. Music. They might go to Bayreuth and attend The Ring, together with the cool Kanzlerin Angela Merkel. But, then that huge work (especially, of course, “Götterdämmerung”) takes a week and is conducted by a Russian (wait! – what about sanctions against Russia?). They will never get to do this, mired as they are in the minutiae of details no one understands anymore. They think they rescue Europe – while, in fact, they may well set it on fire… – if only Angela could come to the rescue as Brünnhilde…

    That said, if Greece goes for the Drachma: go, Callas!

  • derwanderer says:

    For those asking for the origins/sources of this (fictional, for the time being) banknote: It was just an exercise in creative graphism, by greek artist Pavlos Vatikiotis and has been created/shown back in late 2012. The denominations were following the defunkt (original) drachmas, with the addition “new”. The idea was to propose proeminent modern Greeks from the arts and sciences with international reputation, combined with iconic institutions connected with them: Marxian philosopher Cornelius Castoriades with the Athens University, actress and politician Melina Merkouri with the new Acropolis Museum, Nobel Prize winner poet Odysseus Elytis and his beloved aegean islands, Maria Callas and the Odeon of Herod Atticus, venue of one of her first major triumphs during her short greek carrer and of her first comeback recital after international stardom, painter and Yannis Moralis (whoose international reputation is indeed very thin) and the (yet to open, after loooooong delays) National Museum of Contemporary art and, finaly, Dr Papanikolaou, inventor of the breast cancer prevention PAP-test and the Athens Aeginitio Hospital. More on this (oh! not so fictional any more) project can be found here: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/04/05/a-new-artistic-greek-drachma/
    here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/8577425/New-drachma-proposal-B
    and on the artist’s page: http://pavlosvatikiotis.blogspot.gr/p/new-drachma-design-proposal.html

    Of course this was a personnal and entirely hypothetical project, no one knows for sure neither if Greece will finally exit the eurozone (athough now this seems to be the most probable scenario) nor what/who will be depicted on its new currency,