(containing ten ), Authorized Version "penny," ( Matthew 18:28 ; Matthew 20:2 Matthew 20:9 Matthew 20:13 ) a Roman silver coin in the time of our Saviour and the Apostles, worth about 15 cents. It took its name from its being first equal to ten "asses," a number afterwards increased to sixteen. It was the principal silver coin of the Roman commonwealth. From the parable of the laborers in the vineyard it would seem that a denarius was then the ordinary pay for a days labor. ( Matthew 20:2 Matthew 20:4 Matthew 20:7 Matthew 20:9 Matthew 20:10 Matthew 20:13 )
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Denarius'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".