daric

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A daric

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From Ancient Greek δαρεικός ‎(dareikós), from an Old Persian word related to 𐎭𐎼𐎴𐎡𐎹 ‎(daraniya-, gold), from *𐎭𐎼𐎡 ‎(dari-, golden) (compare Avestan 𐬰𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌 ‎(zairi-, yellowish, golden)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃- ‎(gleam, yellow). Compare Aramaic דריכונא ‎(drykwnʾ), Classical Syriac ܕܪܝܟܘܢܐ ‎(drykwnʾ), Biblical Hebrew אֲדַרְכּוֹן ‎(adarkon).

Considered by classical authors to be from Δαρεῖος ‎(Dareîos, Darius) who standardized the coinage as such, but this is probably a folk etymology.

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daric ‎(plural darics)

  1. A gold coin from Persian Empire, introduced by Darius the Great (522-486 BC) and used until Alexander the Great's invasion (330 BC).

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