|Agora Auctions > Numismatic Auction 107||Auction date: 27 September 2022|
|Lot number: 92|
Price realized: 210 USD (Approx. 218 EUR) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Tiberius. A.D. 14-37. AR denarius (18.1 mm, 3.43 g, 2 h). Lugdunum mint, struck A.D. 15-18. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right / PONTIF MAXIM, Livia, as Pax, seated right on chair with plain legs, holding scepter and olive branch, two lines below. RIC 26; RSC 16; BMCRE 34. Good VF, flan edge chip.
This coin is commonly called a "Tribute Penny." In the Gospel according to Matthew, 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" (22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denarius type is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.
Estimate: 150 USD