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GREECE

The situation of the National Bank of Greece on August 31, 1897, was as

follows : —

Gold and silver on hand Notes to bearer in circulation Private accounts current and deposits Portfolio ....

Advances on real property . Advances on personal property . Funds abroad ....

The gold and silver on hand amounted to circulation.

Drachmai

1,700,000

. 137,500,000

41,800,000

13,600,000

38,300,000

5,100,000

12,600,000

1 per cent, of the notes in

Money, Weights, and Measures.

Greece entered in 1868 the Latin Monetary Union.

The Drachma, of 100 lc2Jtd, is equivalent to the franc (25.225 francs = IZ. sterling). 100 new drachmai = 112 old drachmai.

' By Royal decree of January 30, 1893, the gold coins of Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, and the United States are accepted by the Treasury and by private persons as legal tender, one-fourth per cent, being deducted from their nominal value.

In September, 1898, it was announced that it had been decided to intro- duce the metric system as regards measures of length, weight, and capacity. The change from the old system is to be gradual, commencing with measures of length. The old system is as follows : —

The Oke .

,, Caiitar ...

,, Livrc . . ■ •

,, Baril (wine)

,, Kilo . . . .

,, Pike . . . . •

,, Strcmma . . . •

2-80 123-20

lbs. avoirdupois.

5 > 5 >

1-05 16-33 114

3 4

J3 53

imperial gallons.

, , quarter.

of an English yard

•242

, , , , acre

Diplomatic Representatives.

1. Of Greece in Great Britain.

Ghargd d' Affaires.— J. D. Metaxas. Attache.— h. Caftangioglu. Consul -General. —Ij. Messinesi.

There are Consular representatives of Greece at Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Calcutta, Malta.

2. Of Great Britain in Greece. Minister. — Sir Edwin H.

Egerton,

K.C.B., appointed

Envoy and January 26, 1892.

Secretary. — Edward Thornton.

There are British Consuls at Athens (V.C), Calamata (V.C), Cephalonia (V C), Corfu, Patras, Pirteus, Pirgos (V.C), Syra, Volo V.C.^, Zaute(V.C.l