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Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21
Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denariustype is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.SH54544. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 4, 150; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 48; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, F, weight 2.943 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; obverseTI CAESARDIVI AVG FAVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reversePONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; from the Lucas Harsh collection; SOLD
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Judaea Capta Commemorative by Titus
One 23 June 79 A.D. Vespasian died from fever and diarrhea. Known for his humor, his last words on his deathbed were, "I think I'm turning into a god." Titus succeeded his father as Roman emperor and issued this coin to commemorate his father's Victory in Judaea and his consecration.RS62351. Silver denarius, SRCV I 2565, RSC II 144, RIC II T364, BMCRE II T112, F, weight 2.742 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverseDIVVSAVGVSTVSVESPASIANVS, laureate head right; reverseVictory standing left, placing a shield on a trophy with both hands, mourning Jewess seated left at the base of the trophy, EX - S C divided across field; from the Lucas Harsh collection, ex Sayles and Lavender; SOLD
This type likely refers to the victory in Judaea but does not specifically identify that victory.RS54543. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 362; RSC II 618; BMCRE II 74; BnF III 60; Hendin 771; SRCV I 2317, F, weight 2.879 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 195o, Rome mint, 72 - 73 A.D.; obverseIMP CAESVESPAVG P MCOS IIII, laureate head right; reverseVICTORIA AVGVSTI (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, with right placing wreath on legionary standard standing before her, palm frond in left over shoulder; from the Lucas Harsh collection; SOLD