Ancient Roman Silver Denarius Tribute Penny Coin of Emperor Tiberius - 15 AD

Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Silver Denarius Tribute Penny Coin of Emperor Tiberius - 15 AD
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A particularly attractive example of a hugely desirable Biblical coin. An ancient silver Roman denarius or tribute penny minted under Emperor Tiberius (Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus). Struck 15 - 18 AD at the ancient mint of Lugdunum, modern Lyon, France.

The obverse with a fine portrait of Emperor Tiberius, shown facing right and wearing laurel wreath. The legend around reading:

TI[berivs] CAESAR DIVI AVG[vstvs] F[ilivs] AVGVSTVS

"Caesar Augustus Tiberius, Son of the Divine Augustus"

The reverse with the wife of Augustus, Empress Livia in the guise of the goddess of peace, Pax. She is shown seated right on chair with ornate legs, she rests her right hand on a tall sceptre and holds out an olive branch with her left. The legend reading:


"Chief Priest"

This famous and highly desirable silver coin is often referred to as the "Tribute penny" due to its Biblical connection. In Mathew 22:21 of the New Testament Jesus was asked whether Jews should pay "tribute" (tax) to Caesar. His famous response was;

"Show me the coin used for paying the tax."  and 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,

"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's"

It is widely accepted that the denarius handed to Jesus in this passage would have been of the present type. As such, denari minted under Emperor Tiberius are considered an important part of any Biblical coin collection.

Diameter: 19 mm.

Weight: 3.70 g.


Ex. British Private Collection.

Preis SKU: 25550
US$ 985.00
  • € 842.47
  • £ 774.11
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  • CAD 1,313.69

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