So here's how I do it. It's not foolproof, but it's helpful
Denarius(aka silver coin/drachma*)
So take this to be minimum wage.
In the UK the minimum wage is currently £7.50 per hour.
Assuming an average 8 hour workday, that's £60 a day.
So 1 denarius = £60.
TalentA talent was 100 denarii.
That's £60 x 100
So 1 talent = £6,000
Mite(aka copper coin*)
This was the smallest coin at the time.
192 in a denarius (what a weird number!)
So 1 mite = 31p
Of course, different things had different value in those days - clothes were incredibly expensive; rent was cheap. Some food was dearer than for us; I think some was cheaper. Still, it's a help.
Come back for part 2 of this enthralling story tomorrow...
*Same thing, different translations