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Tiberius 14-37 AD, silver Denarius c 16-37
MATTHEW 22:21 TRIBUTE PENNY
Third of the 12 Caesars, obverse Tiberius Laureate head TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS. Reverse. Pax seated holding a scepter and olive branch; PONTIF MAXIM. This type of coin likely represented in the Biblical Matthew 22:21 passage Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's. Jesus was asked if it was lawful for Jews to pay taxes to Caesar and determine if Christians should submit to earthly authority. Many interpret this passage to signify spiritual demands supersede earthly demands but do not abolish them.
Mint: Lugdunum (modern Lyon France)
Provenance: Donated to the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago

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