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Such are the rascalities of these men. But after this it stands written in the agreement, men of the jury, that when they should have sold in Pontus the goods which they brought thither, they should purchase with the proceeds other goods as a return cargo, and should bring this return cargo back to Athens; and that when they should have reached Athens, they should within twenty days repay us in certified coin1; and that pending the payment we should have control of the goods, and that they should deliver them to us in their entirety until we should get back our money.

1 Certified, that is, as to weight and fineness. Tampering with gold and silver coins seems not to be a merely modern device.

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