One of the coins mentioned in the Bible is the Assarion. "Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion?" Matt. 10:29. Assarion is either a diminutive form of as or the Greek translation of as?. So I'm trying to figure out if it's the same, or a coin of similar size and value, or truly diminutive and a much smaller coin. I have an assarion of Septimius Severus
, a whole lot smaller than the big asses of the early emperors (no pun intended), but I don't know if that's simply what the as devolved into, or the two are unrelated. Online sites claim values for the assarion ranging from 1/16 of a denarius to 2 lepta, from an as to a prutah or a quadrans. Can anybody clear up my confusion?