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THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Value of Biblical Denominations

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DENOMINATIONS:
AGOROTS
GERAHS
BEKAHS
SHEKELS
MINAS
TALENTS
1 AGORAH =

1

1/5
1/50
1/100

N/A

N/A

1 GERAH =
5
1
1/10
1/20

N/A

N/A

1 BEKAH =
50
10
1
1/2
N/A
N/A
1 SHEKEL =
100
20
2
1
1/60
1/3,600
1 MINA =

N/A

N/A

N/A

60
1
1/60
1 TALENT =

N/A

N/A
N/A
3,600
60
1

SO THEREFORE IF A SHEKEL WERE ONE U.S. DOLLAR THEN:

  • The Agorot would be a penny, 1/100
  • The Gerah would be a nickel, 1/20
  • The Revah or Quarter Shekel would be one quarter, 1/4
  • The Bekah would be the half dollar, 1/2
  • The Shekel of course would still be a dollar, 1
  • The Mina would be $60
  • and the Talent would be $3,600

There is no equivalent denomination for the dime or 1/10 shekel but the Biblical value is 2 Gerahs or 10 Agorot (the House of the Lord Treasury has created the new 2 Gerah bill or One Tenth Shekel).  The Agorot is defined in the Hebrew lexicon as merely "the smallest of coins" and its value is nowhere defined in the Bible as being worth 1/100 of a shekel.  We derive this value from its assignment in the currency of the modern State of Israel.  Also, the value of the Quarter Shekel (or 5 Gerahs) exists in the Bible but it has no denominational name.  So since "one fourth" in the original Hebrew language is "revah"  I took the liberty of naming the Quarter Shekel "The Revah."  If you were to say, for example, that it was a quarter after six in Hebrew it would be: "shish b'revah"  Shish means six, and revah could be applied to either a quarter after or a quarter til. 

P.S.  Since the Shekel is the main denomination (or the standard silver coin in ancient Israel) all denominations above and below it revolve around the shekel.  In other words it would be too tedious to worry about adding up how many Agorot or Gerahs would make a Mina or Talent since it would be more practical to combine the Agorot, Gerahs, Revahs, and Bekahs into Shekels, and to break the Talents into Minas and the Minas into Shekels before breaking them into smaller change.