YDRA – Hydra Flag

Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. The flag of Hydra island, used as an ensign for ships from Hydra during the Greek War of Independence, now a municipal flag.The motto on the flag, written in Dorian, the Greek dialect spoken by ancient Spartans), means ‘With it or on it’. According to a legend, when a mother in ancient Sparta farewelled her young son who was leaving for war, she gave him his shield and told him the above sentence, which means ‘Come back bringing it back, or come back on it [dead]’. It was a terrible disgrace for an ancient Greek warrior and its relatives to leave his shield on the battlefield, while warriors killed at battle were carried back to their relatives on their shields. Today this sentence is used on several flags of Greek military units.

Release Dates

2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: YDRA
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: yes
  • Location: YDRA, Greece