According to the Gospel of John, Judas Iscariot received 30 silver coins to betray Jesus and put him in the hands of Caiaphas, or in today’s money, $15,000.
Judas’ kiss directed Jesus Christ to the soldiers of the high priest, Caiaphas, who handed him over to the soldiers of Pontius Pilate.
Researchers have for a long time tried to figure out the value of the famous “30 silver coins” that history’s greatest traitor received, in order to commit the deplorable act.
Based on the words of various prophets, researchers estimate that the 30 silver pieces were Tyrian shekels — a coin of Tyre; which is an ancient city in Lebanon.
In the New Testament era, a shekel was about four Greek drachmas. Each coin weighed about half an ounce of silver — about 16 grams each.
In its current value, a shekel would be worth between $400 and $500. Meaning that 30 silver coins are worth about $15,000.