Wednesday, June 09, 2010

How much is a pruta?

The halachic pruta is equivalent to the value of 0.022 grams of silver. (0.025 grams according to a different opinion). (Source)

0.022 grams = 0.000776 ounces (Source)

0.000776 ounces silver = 5.5 agorot (Source)
0.000776 ounces silver = 1.4 cents (Source)

The price of silver, and thus the value of a pruta, may change with time. You should always be able to re-click the last two links to get an updated figure.

This was on my mind because of its relevance for maaser sheni.

2 comments:

micha said...

Is the din of a perutah applicable to a perutah in particular, or to the smallest legal tender in your locale?

-micha

Beisrunner said...

According to my maaser sheni link, the law applies to the value of silver, not the legal tender.

For other purposes like kiddushin, I have no idea. I'd guess that this goes by silver as well.

It's interesting though how the smallest legal tender (1 cent, 5 or 10 agorot) is so close in value to a pruta.