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    Ancient Iran:
    first accepted currency
    Samples of these coins were found in India and some north European countries which depict how common the currency was. These coins are preserved in various museums around the world (the museum of Sepah Bank, the metropolitan in New York and Hermitage)
    first accepted currency
    first accepted currency

    Before Darius, money in the shape of silver rings or coins which were not widely used, has been found, the remnants of which were found in the parts of the then-country Lydia and in hills from Noushijan Teppe from the Median era. After his ascent to the throne Darius ordered two sets of coins, in gold and silver which were the first transnational money. He chose the name “Daric” for the golden coin and “Shekel” for the silver coin. A picture of a man on bending a knee and holding a bow can be seen on these coins. The Darics were called “Dareikos” in Greece. This gold coin weighed 8.4 grams.

    Soon Darius’ coins spread all across not only across the Achamaenid kingdom from middle Asia and India to Greece and Ethiopia, but also to the lands far away and turned into the most important commercial tool between people and countries.

    Samples of these coins were found in India and some north European countries which depict how common the currency was. These coins are preserved in various museums around the world (the museum of Sepah Bank, the metropolitan in New York and Hermitage).

    Reza Moradi Ghiasabadi

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