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mentioned in the Revised King James Version of 1 Chronicles 29:7; Ezra 2:69; 8:27; Neh. 7:70-72, where the King James Version has “dram”
It is the rendering of the Hebrew darkemon and the Greek dareikos.
It was a gold coin, bearing the figure of a Persian King with his crown and armed with bow and arrow. It weighed about 128 grains troy.
It was current among the Jews after their return from Babylon, i.e., while under the Persian domination.
It is the first coin mentioned in Scripture, and is the oldest that history makes known to us.