What Were Ancient Greek Coins Called?

What Were Ancient Greek Coins Called?

Ancient Greek coins are most commonly referred to as drachmas. Around the eighth century B.C., the majority of the ancient Greek city-states began to move away from a barter system to the use of silver coins called drachmas. Drachma means "a handful."

As the use of these silver coins spread throughout the Peloponnesian region, each city-state customized the mark on their coins. Athens, for example, struck an owl on its coins; Athena was the patron goddess of the city, and her symbol was the owl. Coins from the island city-state of Rhodes depicted a rose, known as a "rhoden" in ancient Greek.