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Greek assarion, i.e., a small as, which was a Roman coin equal to a tenth of a denarius or drachma, nearly equal to a halfpenny of our money.
The Greek farthing (as or assarion) was worth four Roman farthings, i.e. about one cent and a half.
But every time I ask him to change a pistareen, or give me two fo'pencehappennies for a ninepence, or help me to make out two and thrippence (mark the old Master's archaisms about the currency), what does the fellow do but put his hand in his pocket and pull out an old Roman coin; I have no change, says he, but this assarion of Diocletian.
The "penny" mentioned here is the ασσαριον or assarion, the second-least-valuable Roman coin.
Four quadrants made an assarion (the "penny" of the day), and ten assaria made a denarius ( "shilling").
4 [10: 29] Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion [1.5 mills]? and one of them cannot fall to the ground without your Father.
+ The assarion, equal to one cent and a half, (Matthew 10: 29;
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