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(See DRAM; DRACHMA.) The Greek silver coin, (Latin denarius, from whence the French denier,) bearing the head of the reigning Roman emperor, the date of his tribunitian power or consulate, or the number of times he was saluted emperor (Matthew 22:19-21). A labourer's day's wages (Matthew 20:2; Matthew 20:13). The good Samaritan's gift of twopence for the entertainment of the man at the inn would suffice for two days. In Revelation 6:6 "a measure (choenix, two or three pints) of wheat for a penny," implies comparative scarcity when a man's whole day's wages would only buy a day's provisions, instead of, as ordinarily, buying 16 to 20 measures.

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'penny' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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