The rendering "pieces of gold," as in (2 Kings 5:5) is very doubtful; and "shekels of gold") as designating the value of the whole quantity, not individual pieces is preferable. Coined money was unknown in Palestine till the Persian period.
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Bibliography Information Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Piece of gold'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". <http://classic.studylight.org/dic/sbd/view.cgi?number=T3443>. 1901.