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Solon is said to have introduced into Athens‐cum‐Attica the system of weights prevailing in Euboea. If the material in question is silver, the table below gives the relationship between the units of Athenian money. Obols and drachmae are coined. 6,000 drachmae are equivalent to one talent of silver. See coinage, greek; wages.

The obol, or metal spit

0.72 g.

The drachma, bundle of 6 spits

4.31 g.

The mna or mina, 100 drachmae

431.00 g.

The talent, 60 minae

25.86 kg.

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