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Seite 192 - ... therefore that the value which I have adopted of 67'2 English grains is as nearly accurate as it is now possible to determine. The convenience of this value is very great ; for it is not only a finite fraction itself, but it is continually divisible by 2, as a finite fraction, down to 0'7 of a grain, or one-sixteenth of an obolus. It also gives the whole number of 112 grains for 10 oboli, and fixes the Phoenician drachma at 56 grains, the Macedonian drachma at 112 grains, and the Hebrew shekel...
Seite 275 - Shallow brooks, and rivers wide; Towers and battlements it sees Bosomed high in tufted trees, Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of neighbouring eyes.
Seite 5 - Esq., were elected Members of the Society. The following presents were announced and laid upon the table :— 1. Medaillen auf die Thaten Peters des Grossen. By J. Iversen. From the Author. 2. The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland.
Seite 11 - Keeper of the Department of Coins and Medals in the British Museum. Royal 8vo, half-morocco, 42*.
Seite 309 - II. (Continued from p. 124.) BEFORE I proceed to describe the remaining portion of the Wigan autonomous coins, I must make some important rectifications with regard to the following pieces wrongly described in the first part of this catalogue. No. 26, p. 102. — Salinas in his article
Seite 210 - The words used by Curtius are signati argenti, which cannot possibly bear any other meaning than that of actual coin, as signatus was the special term used by the Romans to denote coined money. To this evidence I may add a passage of Arrian, describing the gifts presented to Alexander by the subjects of...
Seite 212 - In favour of the existence of an indigenous Indian coinage prior to the time of Alexander, I would remark that if the Hindus had derived their knowledge of coinage from the Greeks, the types, shape, and standard of all their money would have been Greek. But instead of this expected imitation we find that the early copper coins of Taxila differ from the Greek money in every single point. They are square in form, different in standard, and indigenous in type. They are besides utterly without inscriptions;...
Seite 187 - I have attempted to describe in the foregoing pages, presents several very important deviations from the systems followed by their countrymen in Europe and Western Asia, which I now propose to examine in some detail. The weights of the various coins from Diodotus to Hermseus show that the Eastern Greeks followed the monetary system of Athens, which had been already adopted by Alexander the Great and his immediate successors. To this system the Greek kings of Bactriana steadily adhered; but the Greek...
Seite 205 - likely that the currency of the country consisted chiefly, if not exclusively, of lumps of gold and silver, not bearing any impression, until the Hindus had learned the usefulness |of money from their Bactrian neighbours, and from their commerce, especially with Rome." 18 He then adds, " at the same time it seems likely that they had a sort of a stamped coin even before the Greek invasion.
Seite 211 - Indian silver kdrsha have been called "old" at the time of the compilation of the Buddhist Sutras, about 200 BC? I do not hesitate to reply that they must have received this name shortly after the expedition of Alexander, when they were first brought into contact with the Greek money of Alexander's successors. From the common use of the " Anabasis, vi. 16. 17 Prinsep's Essays, i. 228. word dramya in after times, I infer that' the punch-marked silver coins must have been called purdna dramya or

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