The first-century Roman government had a three-metal monetary system, with the aureus being the most valuable gold coin, followed by the silver denarius and the bronze sestertium and lepton. An aureus was worth 25 denarii and a denarius was worth four sesterces. Other bronze and copper coins were worth several fractions of a sesterce. Greek coins were also in circulation, with the drachma having the same value as a denarius, and the tetradracma being worth four denarii.
Several coins are mentioned in the Bible, making them popular among coin collectors. Money can be a source of many ills, as the Apostle Paul writes: “The love of money is the root of all kinds of ills.” However, it is important to remember that money cannot compare to the riches found in Christ through repentance and faith. The Bible has much to say about money and how it should be used. It is important to remember that money should not be our primary focus, but rather our relationship with God should be our priority.
We should use money responsibly and for good purposes, such as helping those in need or investing in our spiritual growth.