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Tribute Penny of Tiberius

As one of the most famous Roman coins in the world, this "Tribute Penny" is mentioned several times in the New Testament, but is mostly remembered for its mention in Mark 12:14-17. Although the biblical mentions refer to this ancient coin as a penny, it is actually a silver denies which, at the time, was equivalent to one day's worth of pay.This coin features the Emperor from its time, Tiberius.

The scripture that mentions this coin begins: "...Bring Me a penny, that I may see it. And they brought it, and He said unto them, 'Whose image and superscription is this?' And they said unto Him, 'Caesar's.'" Then comes the most famous quote and mention of this coin when Jesus doesn't want to imply that the people should pay tribute to and "king" but God. "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's -- But give unto God what is God's." This translation was meant to imply that one shouldn't forget their most important obligations to God, rather than Caesar.

Even though this coin is referred to as a penny, it is actually a silver denarius coin. Since the Emperor at the time was Tiberius, it is accepts that this is the coin that people showed to Jesus.

Grade & Design of this Tribute Penny of Tiberius

This coin has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) as Fine. On the Sheldon Scale, which ranges form 1 to 70, this coin falls under the score of 12. Unlike the normal Sheldon Scale, NGC Ancients will describe the amount of wear a coin has suffered. This scale will evaluate Strike, Surface, and Style.

On the reverse of this ancient coin, sits a female figure facing right and holding an olive branch in her left hand. The inscriptions on this side read: PONTIF MAXIM. The obverse of this coin features the Head of the Emperor, Tiberius, and the inscriptions: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS.

Why add this Tribute Penny to your collection?

This ancient coin has been officially authenticated and graded by NGC, which means collectors can rest assured that their coin is real and in the shape described on the holder of this coin. It is also placed into a special holder that showcases the entire story of this coin and a beautiful illustration from a medieval painting of Jesus being given the coin.


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The value of the coin is not determined by its precious metal content.


This Roman Empire Silver Denarius of Tiberius - Tribute Penny AD 14-37 - NGC Fine is proudly minted by the Roman Mint. The expansive Roman Empire struck many varieties of coins throughout its reign. Carthage, Constantinople, and Alexandria were some of the empire's most prominent mints.

Year of Issue:AD 14-37
Mint:Roman Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:F
Composition:Silver
Country:Roman Empire
Legal Tender:Roman Empire
Currency:Denarius
Denomination:1
The Roman Silver Denarius
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