Roman Empire, Tiberius (14-37), "Tribute Penny" of Lugdunum


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Roman Empire

Tiberius (14-37)

Denarius or "Tribute Penny", Lugdunum, 14-37 AD

Obv:  TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head r.

Rev:  PONTIF MAXIM, female figure seated r. on chair with ornamental legs, holding long vertical sceptre and branch.


RCV 1763, RIC 30, RSC 16a

Nearly Extremely Fine.

One of the most famous coins in history.

"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." (Gospel of St Matthew, Chapter 20, verses 17-21)