Click to enlargeJesus and Coins of His Times - 5 Coin Set of Historical Replicas

Greek and Roman coins were used in the Holy Land for 400 years before the birth of Jesus. During His life, Jesus was familiar with the coins of Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and Transjordan. Indeed, Jesus used coins in His teaching through parables. Jesus was familiar with the following coins:

* Copper Lepton “Widows Mite” - Greek coin of Alexander Jannaeus (78 B.C.) smallest bronze coin

2 lepton = 1 prutah

* Copper Prutah - Pontius Pilate (26-36 A.D.) under Tiberius Roman Period (6 B.C.-70 A.D.)

64 Prutah = 1 silver Roman Denarius

* Bronze Quadrans of Antioch “King James farthing” Quirinius Roman Governor of Syria 5-9 A.D.

64 Quadrans (Prutah) = 1 Denarius

* Silver Denarius “Tribute Penny” - Roman Emperor Tiberius (14-27 B.C.) main Roman silver coin in Holy Land

* Silver Shekel and Half Shekel - (126 B.C.- 19 B.C.) Greek shekel produced by city of Tyre for trade (19 B.C. - 70 A.D.) Jerusalemite shekel produced by Temple for Temple Tax

Major silver coins in Jerusalem and Galilee: Silver Shekels and Half Shekels

1 Shekel = 3 Denarii

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Jesus and Coins of His Times - 5 Coin Set of Historical Replicas