Tiberius Aureus / NGC AU Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5
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rv. Livia as Pax
Roman Empire. Tiberius (AD 14-37) Gold Aureus.
NGC AU Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5. NGC Census: 33 / 73 finer (315 total graded)!
Ruler in the Time of Christ and His Crucifixion
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 by many 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. In 37 AD he fell ill and at word that he wasn’t dying fast enough, it is believed by some that he was finished off by Caligula. Crowds are reported to have rejoiced at the news of his death.
Minted in Lugdunum (modern day Lyon), the gold aurei of Tiberius are fairly common in lower grade and extremely scarce in Mint State. This piece exhibits perfect strike and surface grades with exemplary surfaces, and superb overall eye appeal. Deeply lustrous fields and crisp detail. The obverse features the laureate head of Tiberius facing right, and the reverse features Livia, the wife of his adopted father Augustus, depicted as the goddess of Peace.
12 Caesars, Roman Empire
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