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- n. Alternative form of didrachma.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A two-drachma piece; an ancient Greek silver coin, worth nearly forty cents.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin of ancient Greece, of the value of two drachmæ.
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Among the highlights, a silver didrachm from Akragas (lot #9) brought $630 against a pre-auction estimate of $300 while a silver shekel from Byblos in Phoenicia (Lot 50) estimated at $750 brought $1050.
And then the words of those that collected the tribute, "Does not your master pay the didrachm?" seem to sound to this effect, "Is your master of the sect of Judas of Galilee?"
However, the thing is, he that paid the half-shekel, in the vulgar dialect, was called, he that paid the shekels; and that which is here said by Matthew, they that receive the didrachm, the
Dion Cassius of the same thus, "He commanded all to bring the didrachm yearly to Jupiter Capitolinus."
The Seventy Interpreters, indeed, upon Exodus 30: 13, render it half a didrachm; but adding this moreover, which is according to the holy didrachm.
Be it so; the whole shekel was the holy didrachm: then let the half shekel be, the common didrachm.
The Persians had two different standards of weight for the precious metal: for gold, the Euboean; for silver, the Babylonian. the gold daric, the common gold coin, corresponding to the Greek silver didrachm, weighted 8.385 grammes
The most abundantly coined pieces were the tetradrachm (25-33mm. in diameter) and the didrachm; pieces of eight, ten, and twelve drachmæ are exceptional, and a forty-drachma piece is
The coin is a silver didrachm, bearing on one side a head of