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στατήρ, from ἵστημι, lit. “a standard” coin).


The principal gold coin of Greece. The Attic stater of gold, a gold piece of two gold drachmae=twenty silver drachmae=$3.25 in in

Macedonian Stater. (British Museum.)

trinsic value of silver. To the same standard of currency belonged the Macedonian gold stater first struck by Philip II. and Alexander the Great.


The silver stater is a term applied in later times to the Athenian tetradrachm, of four silver drachmae (=$0.60 in intrinsic value). See Numismatics.

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