TX: raised at lower periphery of verso in Greek <100 YEARS ZOGRAFEION>, at upper periphery <BECOME EDUCATED SO THAT THE LORD MAY BE APPEASED>, incised at lower center of picture <1893-1993 [Antika's monogram]>, raised at lower perimeter <CONSTANTINOPLE>, incised at upper center of picture <ZOGRAFEION>
CM: This commemorative medal was formally issued by 'Antika' to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the Zografeion Lyceum in Constantinople in 1993. The Zografeion is one of the remaining open Greek schools in Istanbul city centre's Beyoğlu district, a block away from the Taksim Square. The artistic direction of medal was commissioned to Vasilis Sambatakos, head of art department at the National Mint of Greece. The obverse shows the Sphinx which is the emblem of Zografeion. Her form represents the neoclassical type created by Leonidas Drosis for the Academy of Athens between 1870-1880. The reverse presents the neoclassical façade of Zografeion as it still stands.