The basic unit of money was the drachma with a larger unit being the talent worth 6000 drachmas.
The drachma disappeared, replaced by the euro when Greece joined the single European currency.
If you hadn't already noticed, gone are the good old peseta, the franc and the drachma .
Because the drachma does not exist anymore, it cannot be devalued.
Although we were told that the price of living here had become much more expensive since the euro replaced the drachma , it still seemed pretty cheap to us - especially eating out.
His family today confirmed they cannot pay the five million drachma bail money which has been set by the judges presiding over his case.
First it was the Deutsch mark, followed by the franc, lira, peseta and drachma .
In Greece, beggars who ventured out on the streets of Athens on Monday after a three-day cold snap found their cups filling up with both drachmas and euros.
A young man, paying for a newspaper in drachmas on Tuesday, admitted: ‘It's the first day and I didn't think to use our euro coins.‘
The 2001 prize includes 3 million drachmas plus a travel grant.