A ROMAN SILVER DENARIUS âTRIBUTE PENNYâ OF TIBERIUS

A ROMAN SILVER DENARIUS “TRIBUTE PENNY” OF TIBERIUS


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1278679
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Lugdunum (Lyons) Mint, c. AD 14-37

Obverse: Laureate bust of Tiberius facing right. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AUGUSTUS.

Reverse: Seated female figure (generally thought to be Livia or Pax) facing right on a plain chair, holding a long scepter in her right hand and a palm branch in her left. PONTIF MAXIM.

Coin in extremely fine condition.

Set in 18K gold swivel pendant with .75 karat black diamond. Handmade in Jerusalem.

Diameter: 27 mm without pendant; Weight: 13.6 g

Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority Included.

Bibliography:

RIC I, 26.

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This coin is commonly referred to as a tribute penny due to the belief that it is the coin referred to in the new testament passage in Matthew which retells the Jesus being questioned about the religious lawfulness of paying taxes to Rome.

“Then he said to them ‘Whose is this image and superscription?" When answered that the likeness was Caesar, He replied; ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21).

This is further supported by the translation of the original Greek, where the coin in question is referred to as a denarius.