This is also a topic that I am curious about. Here are my views. First, I suggest we disregard the word FARTHING because it is a merely a word used by translators, it is not found in the original text and I think it confuses the issue.
There is no doubt that in the Roman
monetary system a QUADRANS
is one fourth of an AS.
However the words we are talking about are Greek. It is my understanding the Greek word KODRANTES is referring to the Roman QUADRANS
. And that that the Greek word ASSARION is the referring to the Roman
If this is true, then the KODRANTES is one fourth of an ASSARION – therefore not the same size. It is also my understanding that the AS coin grew smaller over time.
this helps your own thoughts on this matter...