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Old 24th February 2009, 12:37 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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The type of coin is not stated in the text, but the most common silver coin was the silver denarius, which was worth about a day's pay.

So 30 silver denarius would be about a month's pay.

The weight of the silver was about 3.8 grams, according to this source:

30 x 3.8 = 114 grams

price of pure silver coins today, is between $15 and $20 per ounce

114 grams is about 4 ounces

so the silver in the 30 denarii is worth $60 to $80 U.S. dollars, about a day's pay for a relatively low paying job.
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