The American Numismatic Manual: Of the Currency Or Money of the Aborigines with Colonial, State, and United States Coins; With Historical and Descriptive Notices of Each Coin Or Series (Classic Reprint)

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The date of the change in Greek money from weight to positive coins, Of specific and guaranteed value, cannot be determined° but as Homer states, that an ox was exchanged for a bar Of brass of certain size; that a woman who understood several useful arts was Of the value of four oxen; that the brazen armor of Diomedes was of that of nine oxen, and the golden armor of Glaucus of that of one hundred oxen, we must conclude that a positive coinage did not exist in his time; while the allusion in the laws of Lycurgus to gold and silver coins prove that they were then in use; and hence, then, between these two epochs, we must place the invention of coined money.

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