from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A Russian silver coin, equal to 10 copecks, and weighing 31.992 grains troy. Copper coins of this name were also struck.
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A grivna was a certain number of kunis equal in value to half a pound of silver, but the kuni often varied in value.
The besiegers were struck by a panic, and the people of Novgorod sallied out, killed a number of the enemy, and took so many prisoners that "you could get six Souzdalians for a grivna."
If it be asked what was the value of a grivna, it may be said that at that time there was little coined money, perhaps none at all, in Russia.
---- I doubt Cameron will accept Dido's 'grivna'; Dido is beter off exchanging some premium salo and horilka for some prime London property.
Since the end of the third quarter, we have witnessed an appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the euro and a steep depreciation in the value of many emerging market currencies, in particular the Russian ruble, the Turkish lira, the Indonesia rupiah, the Mexican peso and the Ukrainian grivna.
Today her income is 3,500 Ukrainian grivna per month.