Tiberius, AD 36-37. AR Denarius. “Tribute Penny”

obverse and reverse

Tiberius, AD 36-37. AR Denarius. 19 mm. 3.6 gm. Lugdunum mint. Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) seated right on throne with ornate legs, holding long sceptre in right hand and olive branch; single line below. RIC 30; BMCRE 48; RSC 16a. “Tribute Penny”.

From Matthew 22:17-21:

Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

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