# How much was a denerius or an as worth in ancient rome sometime around the pax romana?

Question:And I mean in dollars.

p.s. I am not a person trying to sell a coin, I am writing a story that takes place in the pax romana.

You can't compare it to dollars today because we don't have an exchange rate. I can tell you that 1 denarius equals 4 sesterces and the sesterce was the most commonly used Roman coin. Four asses equals one sesterce. So if I had to compare it to US currency I'd say 1 denarius equals about 4 dollars and an as is like a quarter. A better comparison I can give you is that a cup of wine cost 2 asses in ancient Rome or 1/8 of a denarius, a slave cost 1000-6000 sesterces, and getting a tunic washed cost 1 denarius. If you're talking about Roman money though you should use sesterces because they were used much more comonly.
I thought it was as is 5 and denarius is 10.. but I am probably wrong.
Ah! The good old days, when a denarius really was a denarius.

One could buy a pair of pigeons ffor about 1/2 a denarius, which would make a dinner. So figre the value at about \$4 - \$5 US and you are about right.

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