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From ὀβελός (obelós, “spit, rod”). Plutarch tells us in Lysander 17 that, in early times, nails (ὀβελοί (obeloí)) were used as money, six of which made a handful (δραχμή (drakhmḗ)), and that the name was changed to ὀβολός (obolós).
- obol, obolus, used at Athens as both a weight and a coin, equaling one sixth of a drachma
- a Corcyrean coin
- → Persian: پول (pul, “money”)
- ὀβολός in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- ὀβολός in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
- «ὀβολός» in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français, Paris: Hachette
- Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.
- penny idem, page 603.
- LSJ 8th edition