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1. the former standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta; replaced by the euro in 2002
2. US another name for dram
3. a silver coin of ancient Greece
4. a unit of weight in ancient Greece



(1) An ancient Greek unit of weight and measure. It was first minted as silver currency in the sixth century B.C. The weight of a drachma was originally 4.25 g of silver and was later changed to 4.32 g.

(2) The present-day monetary unit of Greece, equal to 100 lepta. The Gosbank (State Bank) of the USSR on Jan. 1, 1974, established the rate of exchange at 100 drachmas = 2 rubles 76 kopeks.

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