Tiberius Denarius AKA the 'Tribute Penny' of Matt 22:17-22
(Tiberius denarius minting video:
- Hot struck from ~3.5-4 grams of 99.9 pure silver
- Just like the originals, each is hand struck, so allow for slight irregularity and variance from the photos
- Each coin shipped outside of Canada is marked discreetly with a tiny punch on the back making it a legal 'replica'
Obverse: Tiberius Caesar, laureate,
Reverse: Livia as Pax. PONTIF MAXIM (high priest of the imperial cult of Rome)
This particular coin, known as a 'denarius', was historically struck in Lugdunum, Gaul (Lyons, France) and was dispersed even to the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire. Surprisingly valuable, a single denarius would have summed up an entire days wage of an unskilled, first-century labourer (Matt 20:2-13). An average legionary during this time would have received 225 denarii per year minus deductions for food, clothing, and arms. It is this coin which also makes a biblical appearance in Christ's hand and leads to a profound 'exchange'.
"Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?" "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
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