Tiberius was the stepson of Augustus and was known as a dark and reclusive ruler. He is most famous for reigning during the time of Christ's crucifixion. He is known for his conservative growth of the Empire, generally avoiding smaller military confrontations with neighboring tyrants. The coinage of Tiberius has become synonymous with the Bible, as it is believed that the silver denarius of Tiberius, The Biblical Tribute Penny, was the motivation for the "Render unto Caesar…" speech from the King James version of the Gospel. Tiberius struck relatively few portrait bronzes, but issued silver and gold in large quantities. In AD 37 he fell ill and, at word that he wasn't dying fast enough, it is believed that he was finished off by Caligula. Crowds are reported to have rejoiced at the word of his death. Demand is fueled by his notoriety as an emperor, as well as because more than two billion Christians around the world are at least somewhat familiar with his reign during the time of Christ.
The present specimen is a very high Choice AU example beautiful lettering, centering, deep devices. It exhibits no distracting features and is sure to please even the discerning collector.
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