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Drachma

5th century BCE Greek drachma

Drachma (pl. drachmae) was the main currency used in Greece and in Ptolemaic Egypt.

History

5th century BCE

During the 5th century BCE the drachma was the agreed currency recognized and used throughout Greece, stamped with the eagle of the god Zeus, whether for services or materials or steeds. Notably, Sparta eschewed the use of drachmae, in order to discourage the hoarding of wealth.[1]

1st century BCE

In the 1st century BCE, under the rule of the Greek pharaoh Ptolemy XIII, the Egypt had also adopted the use of drachmae. The Medjay Bayek of Siwa, who went on to found the Hidden Ones, could buy anything from gear to steeds with and exchange animal goods for drachmae.[2]

Trivia

  • Despite the in-game description in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey mentioning that the currency was stamped with the image of an eagle, the icon for the currency features a stylized lightning bolt of Zeus, a motive commonly found in Elean coins.

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