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The Tiberius Denarius
Biblical Coins from the time of Jesus Christ ~ Mark 12:41-44
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The Biblical account of “Tribute Penny” is an intriguing story
of Christ out-smarting Pharisee spies who were attempting to
entrap and to bring down Jesus and his ministry. Here is the
"Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?" (Luke 20:20-26)
“So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be
righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to
deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say
and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism,
but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful for us to pay
taxes to Caesar or not?” But He perceived their craftiness,
and said to them, “Why do you test Me? Show Me a denarius.
Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered
and said, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore
to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things
that are God’s.” But they could not catch Him in His words in
the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer
and kept silent.
If Christ had said to pay Caesar, the Pharisees would
broadcast to the Jewish population that Christ was
supporting the much hated and despised Roman government.
But if he had said no, they would have reported Jesus to the
Roman government as an insurgent trouble maker, resulting
in having the Roman authorities arrest Jesus and be done
with him. Tricky huh? Sounds like modern day politics!
The “Answer” & Practical Application
Instead, Christ asked to see a denarius, which had Caesar’s
image on the coin. (The image would be that of Caesar
Tiberius or that of the previous Caesar Augustus). When
Christ asked “who’s image is on the coin?”, they replied
Caesar’s. He then said that they should give to Ceasar that
which has Caesar’s image and to God that which is made in
God’s image. Simple enough, the coin was made in Caesar’s
image, and we are made in God’s image. The government can
have their money, but we ourselves belong to God.
Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTFS; laureate bust of
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM; femal figure (Livia?) sits on a plain chair
r. holding an olive branch in her left hand and a long scepter
in her right.
A denarius was often the day’s wage for a soldier or common
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