TIBERIUS GOLD AUREUS – GOLD VERSION OF BIBLICAL TRIBUTE PENNY FROM LUGDUNUM – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN OF THE 12 CAESARS (Inv. 17225)
17225. ROMAN EMPIRE. TIBERIUS, AD 14-37.
Gold aureus, 7.64 g, 20 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, 29; Calicó, 305c.
Ex Vilmar Numismatics FLP II, Winter 2021, no. 102. = Alde (Paris), 10/19/2016, lot 222, where it was illustrated on the catalogue’s cover as part of a group of Roman gold coins sold in that sale.
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, with a boldly struck and impressive portrait of the emperor. Often referred to as the “gold tribute penny” this is the aureus denomination corresponding to the Tiberius denarius that is regarded as the best candidate to be called the Biblical “tribute penny”.