ROMAN EMPIRE. TIBERIUS, AD 14-37 Gold Aureus 7.76g Struck at Lugdunum (Lyon). Obv.
TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right. Rev. PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) seated right holding scepter and olive branch, her feet resting on footstool.
NGC AU Strike 5/5 Surface 3/5
In Jesus’ time, there was a tax collected (tribute) to the Roman emperor, in addition to the numerous local Judaean taxes. During one of these collections, Jesus said: “Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny (King James translation for a silver denarius). Among collectors of ancient coins, the “Tribute Penny” in gold has great appeal, especially to Christians who seek to own something during the time of Jesus Christ.