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Golden drachmas are large, round coins that are usually made of gold or silver. They were was used as currency by the Ancient Greeks. Mortals used to use the silver drachmas. However, as Chiron stated in The Lightning Thief, the gods never use anything less than pure gold. They are described as big as Girl Scout cookies by Percy, and are used by the gods and demigods. The drachmas have images of various gods stamped on one side, and the Empire State Building on the other.

Uses

The ancient mortal drachmas were made of silver, but the gods now do not use anything less than pure gold mined from Olympus. Golden drachmas are used as currency, to send Iris message, and for getting a taxi ride from the Gray Sisters.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Tetradrachma from Athens

An ancient Greek golden drachma.

A drachma can be used for the following:

  • Create an Iris Message
  • As payment to get into the Underworld
  • To pay the Gray Sisters to take you anywhere as long as its within their serving area
  • Payment for sending a letter or package along the Hermes Express

Currently, the pure gold drachma is the main currency of the gods, goddesses, and demigods.

The most common use for the drachma is to send an Iris Message through Iris, the rainbow goddess. It is used for contact when nothing else is available, and is quite useful if any extra drachmas are allowed for use.

The Lightning Thief

After beheading Medusa, Percy Jackson fills a pouch with drachmas and mails the head to Olympus. He later uses some drachmas to bribe Charon when he first enters the Underworld.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

Roman demigods don't use drachmas because it's Greek currency. Instead they use denarii. The Romans never used Iris Messages like the Greeks because they relied more on their giant eagles and road systems.

Film

The Lightning Thief

Percy, Grover Underwood, and Annabeth find a fountain filled with drachmas at Aunty Em's Garden Gnome Emporium which they later use to pay Charon after their mortal money was burnt by him.

Video Game

The Lightning Thief

Drachmas aren’t used as currency, instead they are used as equipment for characters. They increase certain attributes to whoever equips it. Each character can equip two. There are 20 drachmas that the player can collect in the game.

Name Effect
Missing Math Teacher 10+ Dodge
A Rainy Farewell 10+ Strength
The Minotaur’s Horn 10+ Strength
Beginner’s Luck 10+ Accuracy
Victors 10% Water Damage
Hot Time At Camp 10% Fire Damage
Road Trip 10+ Protection
Worst Bus Ride Ever 50+ Max HP
Bad Hair Day 10% Poison Damage
Ten Heads Aren’t Better 10% Physical Damage
Fan Club President 20% Fire Damage
To Fight a God 20% Strength
Back Together Again 20+ Protection
A Pricy Ride 20% Water Damage
Worse Hair Day 20+ Dodge
All that Glitters 20% Healing
Shot in the Dark 20+ Accuracy
Payback 20% Poison Damage
Brotherly Love 100+ Max HP
Arena Champions 20% Physical Damage

Trivia

  • Drachmas are Greek currency, while aureus or denarii are Roman currency.
  • The word drachma came from the word drássomai, which means "to grasp."
  • The Drachma was the oldest currency in existence until Greece adopted the Euro in 2001 [1].
  • Though Percy describes the drachma's as being as big as girl scout cookies, in The Lightning Thief, they are the size as regular coins.

Reference

Items
Personal Weapons: Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Maimer | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Sword of Hades | Reyna's Spear | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius | Annabeth's Sword | Sumarbrander | Mjølnir | Thor's Staff | Khopesh | Mallory's Serrated Knife
Magical Items: Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | The Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle | Serapis' Staff
Spoils of War: The Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia
Items: Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden drachma | Denarius | Mark of Athena | The Pax | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books
Blessed Metals: Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron | Bone Steel

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