Tiberius Aureus – Biblical Tribute Penny
From the Gospel of Thomas.”They showed Jesus a Gold (coin) and said to him: Caesar’s agents demand taxes from us. He said to them: Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar; give to God what belongs to God, and give to me what is mine.”
The same type was also issued in silver, which became known as the “Tribute Penny” due to its famous reference in The Bible.
Tiberius Denarius with Pax reverse is commonly known as the ‘Tribute Penny”. Jesus referred to this coin when he was discussing paying taxes to the Romans and said: “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). Although there are two other reverse types on denarii of Tiberius, they were only issued during the first two years of his reign, while the Pax reverse was employed throughout the remainder, making it the more likely coin referred too. The term ‘penny’ is from the 1611 King James translation of the Bible, and was adopted since the penny was the standard denomination of King James’ time.
Obverse: CAESAR DIVI AVG. F. AVGVSTVS, Laureate head
Reverse: PONTIF. MAXIM., Livia as Pax, holding reversed spear, seated r. on a throne with ornamented legs
Exact Replica coin of the Original.
Diameter: 18 mm
Material: 24 K Gold plated lead-free fine pewter
Made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with a printed description.