from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gold coin current in antiquity throughout the Persian empire, and also in Greece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A gold coin of ancient Persia, weighing usually a little more than 128 grains, and bearing on one side the figure of an archer.
  • noun A silver coin of about 86 grains, having the figure of an archer, and hence, in modern times, called a daric.
  • noun Any very pure gold coin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A gold coin from ancient Persia.


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  • The name of the coin, "daric," is probably not derived from his name, however.

    Outline of Universal History

  • The name of "daric" was extended to these coins also, which, however, were much larger and heavier than the gold coins, weighing as much as 235 grains, and corresponding to the Greek tetradrachm, and (nearly) to the Hebrew shekel.

    History of Phoenicia

  • It is not perhaps altogether certain that he was the first king of Persia who coined money; but, if the term "daric" is really derived from his name, that alone would be a strong argument in favor of his claim to priority.

    The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia The History, Geography, And Antiquities Of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, Persia, Parthia, And Sassanian or New Persian Empire; With Maps and Illustrations.

  • Krüger and Kühner retain them, as added _explicationis causá_.] [Footnote 12: The daric was a Persian gold coin, generally supposed to have derived its name from Darius I.; but others think this doubtful.

    The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis

  • The passage is quoted in Clinton, 'Fasti Hell.,' but both forms are there used.] [Footnote 311: The daric was a Persian coin, named after King Darius.] [Footnote 312: The Kyanean or Black Islands were at the junction of the Bosporus with the Euxine, or Black Sea.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • Demosthenes; but, like the daric, this gold coin would fluctuate in value relatively to silver.


  • When Cyrus proposed to march them with his other troops to fight his brother towards the Euphrates, they demanded a daric and a half, which he was obliged to grant them.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • He could guarantee that each soldier should receive a daric a month as pay, the officers double pay, and the generals quadruple.


  • They only demanded an increase of pay, and Cyrus promised to give them half as much again as they had hitherto received — that is to say, a daric and a half a month to each man, instead of a daric.


  • He reorganized the administration and divided the empire into 20 satrapies, as well as introducing a standard gold coinage, the daric.

    e. The Persian Empire


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