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Drachme
(592 words)

(δραχμή; drachmḗ).

[German version]

[1] Coin

According to finds from the Argive Heraeum and Sparta, six small iron spits each in the value of one obol, form a ‘handful’ drachmaí (derived from δράττεσθαι), both hands encompassing 12 pieces and resulting in one didrachme. The first silver drachmai are minted in the Aeginetic standard of coinage at 6.24 g. Other standards are the so-called Phoenician at 3.63 g, the Chian-Rhodian at 3.9 g (and less), the Corinthian at 2.8 g and the Attic st…

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Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover) and Hitzl, Konrad (Tübingen), “Drachme”, 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 22 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e324000>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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