Thursday, December 23, 2004

Drachma

Silver coin of ancient Greece and the former monetary unit of modern Greece. Its name derives from the Greek verb �to grasp,� and its original value was equivalent to that of a handful of arrows. The early drachma had different weights in different regions. From the 5th century BC, Athens gained commercial preeminence, and the Athenian drachma became the foremost currency.

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