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Litra
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[German version]

(λίτρα; lítra, ‘pound’). In Sicily and Lower Italy weight and coin of 109.15 g, corresponding to a third of the Roman libra , like the latter divided up into 12 unciae. Only in Lipara minted with this weight as an Æ coin (bronze coin), also divided into hemilitron, tetras , hexas and uncia with 6, 4, 2 and 1 ball(s) indicating the coin's value [1; 2. 356], otherwise only in a reduced form. More important was the minting in silver with a weight of 0.87 g, a fifth of the drachma. There were various multiple face values, in Syracuse among others 4, 5, 8 and 16 litrai [3]. In the Roman Im…

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Stumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Litra”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e707740>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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