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CO´LLYBUS

CO´LLYBUS (κόλλυβος, less correctly κόλλυβον, Poll. 9.72), the smallest copper coin at Athens, the fourth of the Chalcus. (Aristoph. Peace 1200; Eupol. ap. Schol. ad Aristoph. Pac. 1176; Callim. ap. Poll. l.c.). Collybus seems to have been a common name for small money, since it signified generally “changing money,” “the rate of exchange,” and κολλυβιστής, “a money-changer.” (Cic. Ver. 3.78, 181, ad Att. 12.6; Poll. 3.84, 7.170; St. Matt. 21.12; ARGENTARII p. 179 b; Hussey, Ancient Weights and Money, p. 115; Hultsch, Metrologie, p. 166.)

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