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« on: May 28, 2012, 12:03:42 am »

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=tribute%20penny
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 09:38:45 pm »

Did anyone read it? 
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 10:15:29 pm »

Hi Joe,
If I may, I would like to add the following to your list of articles (or at least draw your
attention to it, in case you were not already aware of it):

"The Tribute Penny Debate Revisited", by Walter Holt, MA and Rev. P. Dunstan.
The Celator, 20.10 (October 2006), pp. 22-28, illustrated.

(no doubt just another one of any number of modern articles addressing this matter)

All the best,

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 10:50:49 pm »

Hi Walter, I am sure I read it back in 2006 and I would probably enjoy reading it again but my Oct 2006 is deep in a box someplace.  I would be love to have it, or any other article you have written, added to NumisWiki.  Take care, Joe 
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 12:51:40 pm »

Did anyone read it?  

Read it, liked it! Clear, concise, informative and understandable. Thank you for putting articles like this one out there.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 02:24:09 pm »

Thanks for the correction.  I will fix that.  Of course you could fix it too - it is a wiki.  BTW, almost all of the information in the article came from discussion board posts. NumisWiki  is a collaborative numismatic project.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 07:00:45 am »

Oh, thanks for the heads up, I did not know I could make changes to the article as well. Since it has been changed I will modify my previous post.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 09:12:57 am »

Actually, your post gave me a good opportunity to remind everyone that they can make corrections and additions to most NumisWiki pages. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2012, 08:53:24 am »

Here is another way to look at how the story of the widow's mite can help decide what the tribute penny was.  The important point of the widow's mite story is that even though the widow gave a small amount of money, she gave all she had.  The specific coin or coins was not important.  Since Mark was writing for a Roman audience, he could have simply written that the widow contributed a qudrans.  He did not have to write that she gave two lepta, which is about equal to a qudrans.  It would not have made any difference regarding faith or morals, but for some reason Mark wanted to get the details correct, and so he specified the exact coins the widow had, then explained what they were valued in Roman money.

In the story of the tribute penny, Mark could have written that Jesus was shown "a coin" or "a coin that is about the same value as a denarius".  Instead, he wrote that Jesus was shown a denarius.  I think it is probable that Mark wrote that it was a denarius because, just as in the story of the widow's mite, he wanted to get the details correct.  The correct detail is that the coin probably was a denarius.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2012, 01:25:04 pm »

Or the point of 'two lepta' could be that she had the smallest Jewish coins, in a quantity equal to the smallest Imperial coin. A lepton doesn't translate into Imperial currency just like that, while a drachm does.
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