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daric


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Daric  \Dar"ic\  (d[a^]r"[i^]k),  n.  [Gr.  dareiko`s,  of  Persian 
  origin.] 
  1.  (Antiq.) 
  a  A  gold  coin  of  ancient  Persia,  weighing  usually  a 
  little  more  than  128  grains,  and  bearing  on  one  side 
  the  figure  of  an  archer. 
  b  A  silver  coin  of  about  86  grains,  having  the  figure  of 
  an  archer,  and  hence  in  modern  times,  called  a  daric. 
 
  2.  Any  very  pure  gold  coin. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Daric 
  in  the  Revised  Version  of  1  Chr.  29:7;  Ezra  2:69;  8:27;  Neh. 
  7:70-72,  where  the  Authorized  Version  has  "dram."  It  is  the 
  rendering  of  the  Hebrew  darkemon  and  the  Greek  dareikos  It  was 
  a  gold  coin,  bearing  the  figure  of  a  Persian  King  with  his  crown 
  and  armed  with  bow  and  arrow.  It  was  current  among  the  Jews 
  after  their  return  from  Babylon,  i.e.,  while  under  the  Persian 
  domination.  It  weighed  about  128  grains  troy,  and  was  of  the 
  value  of  about  one  guinea  or  rather  more  of  our  money.  It  is  the 
  first  coin  mentioned  in  Scripture,  and  is  the  oldest  that 
  history  makes  known  to  us