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Coinage, standards of
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Relates to the systems of weights upon which ancient coinage was based.

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A. Greece

In the Greek coinage system ( Money;  Minting), there were various standards; however, the designations of the nominal values and  weights were uniform and usually had the following ratios: 1  talent = 60 minai, 1  mina = 50 staters, 1  stater = 2 drachmas, 1  drachma = 6  oboloi [1. 159]. The determination of ancient standards of coinage is based on the average weight of the largest possible number of well-preserved coins. Contrar…

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Stumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Coinage, standards of”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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