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The obol (ancient Greek: ὀβολός obolos, literally "spit, iron rod" plural: ὀβολοί oboloí; hence also obolus, obolos) was an ancient silver coin. In Classical Athens, there were six obols to the drachma (literally "handful"); it could be exchanged for eight chalkoi (χαλκοί "copper pieces"). Two obols made a diobol, weighing around 1.41-1.43 grams of silver. Triobols were also in use.




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