TIBERIUS SILVER DENARIUS – TRIBUTE PENNY OF BIBLE – XF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 15710)
ROMAN EMPIRE. TIBERIUS, AD 14-37
Silver Denarius, 3.79 g, 17 mm., minted at Lugdunum (Lyon), France.
Obv. TI CΛESΛR DIVI ΛVG F ΛVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right.
Rev. MAXIM PONTIF, female figure (Livia a Pax) enthroned right, within dotted circle.
RIC 30; Cohen 16, BM 48-51; BN 28-31.
NGC grated XF, Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5, “brushed”, with a very expressive portrait of Tiberius, the reverse with traces of encrustation and slight corrosion. This is an example of a famous historical coin believed to be the “tribute penny” mentioned in the Bible’s New Testament, Matthew 22:19 ff, when Charist speaks to his followers: “‘Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.’ And they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, ‘Whose likeness and inscription is this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then He said to them, ‘Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.’ And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.”