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Representing two Greek words: kodrantes (Latin: quadrans , Matthew 5:26; Mark 12:42), and assarion (Latin: as, Matthew 10:29; Luke 12:6; the "two assaria" constituted probably one coin). The quadrans was originally the fourth of an as, i.e. three ounces. In Christ's time the quadrans equaled two Greek lepta , "mites." Among the Roman copper coins current then in Palestine there was none smaller than the as or assarich ; among the Greek imperial coins there was the quadrans (quarter of the as) and lepton , "mite," one-eighth of an as and half of a quadrans. The as was one and three-fourths of a farthing; the quadrans thus less than half a farthing. But either the as the lowest Roman coin, or the quadrans, the lowest Greek imperial coin, is sufficiently expressed by the term "farthing," as being our lowest coin.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Farthing'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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