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The weights of king Darius

On these pages, the weights of king Darius are collected.

The basic unit, the karšâ, was 83.30 grams, or one sixth of a mina from Babylonia, the main economic and cultural center of the Achaemenid Empire.

The karšâ could be subdivided into ten shekels of 8.33 grams, which corresponed to the weight of a gold piece called dareikos or daric.

Its purity was well above 98% and often even above 99%.


Caphthor 16:07, 20 December 2011 (UTC)