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greek silver talents


Question Posted Thursday April 19 2007, 9:06 pm

how many dollars does 469 silver talents equal? even an approximation is good enough.

if you can please, just say " one talent = ___ dollars" so that i can make sure it's accurate.

thank youu!


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DangerNerd answered Thursday April 19 2007, 9:42 pm:
Dear "how much is a talent of silver worth today,"

Silver prices change daily, so you really need to know how to do the math to get an accurate figure.

One Greek talent (as best I can find referenced) = 82 pounds 4 ounces.

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Therefore one talent = 1,316 ounces. But WAIT, there is more... silver is traded in Troy ounces, which are completely different than the standard ounces we use every day.

So 82.25 lb = 1199.479 t.oz

As of April 18th, 2007 the spot price for silver: $13.96 per ounce.

1199.479 t.oz * $13.96 per ounce = $16,744.72684 per talent.

I hope this helps you better understand the madness involved in calculating silver values from ancient measuring systems. :-)

Don't bet your life on my "how much is a talent of silver worth today" measurements. It all looks good from here, but a little further research wouldn't hurt you a bit.

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