TIBERIUS SILVER DENARIUS – BIBLICAL TRIBUTE PENNY FROM THE LIFETIME OF CHRIST – AU NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE 12 CAESARS (Inv. 17557)
17557. ROMAN EMPIRE. TIBERIUS, AD 14-37.
Silver denarius, 3.91 g, 19 mm. Issue of Lugdunum (Lyon).
Obv. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right. Rev. PONTIF MAXIM, female figure (Livia as Pax) enthroned right, holding scepter and olive branch.
RIC I rev, 30.
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, surface with iridescent highlights and some dark gray toning on the reverse. This is an example of a famous historical coin commonly regarded as the “tribute penny” mentioned in the New Testament, Matthew 22:19 ff, when Christ addresses 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.”