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Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

Tiberius became Augustus' stepson when the emperor married Livia in 38 B.C. Augustus forced Tiberius to divorce the wife he loved and to marry his daughter Julia. Tiberius hated his new wife and escaped her by going into voluntary exile at Rhodes in 6 B.C. After the deaths of the other possible successors, he was recalled in 2 A.D. and groomed to succeed Augustus, which he did on 19 August 14. The empire thrived under Tiberius; however, his reign was marred by a conspiracy to rule by his Praetorian Praefect Sejanus and by his descent into paranoia near the end of his reign. Tiberius moved to Capri in 26 and ruled from there until his natural death on 16 March 37.


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21

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Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denarius type is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible
SH84237. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon group 1, 144; RIC I 26 (C); BMCRE I 34; SRCV I 1762; RSC II 16; SRCV I 1763, Choice gVF, attractive style, well centered, toned, light marks, weight 3.789 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, early 'plain' fine style, c. 15 - 18 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM, Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with plain legs set on base, long scepter vertical behind in her right, branch in left, no footstool; $1100.00 (€979.00)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21

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Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denarius type is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.
SH84235. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 3, 148; BMCRE I 45; RIC I 30 var. (scepter instead of spear, no base under throne); RSC II 16b; SRCV I 1763, VF, mint luster, nice style, toned, well centered on a tight flan, a few bumps and marks, weight 3.904 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 225o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 18 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM, Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, inverted spear behind in right, branch in left, both a base under the throne and feet on footstool; rare; $900.00 (€801.00)
 


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In 36 A.D., Herod Antipas suffered major losses in a war with Aretas IV of Nabataea, provoked partly by Antipas' divorce of Aretas' daughter. According to Josephus, Herod's defeat was popularly believed to be divine punishment for his execution of John the Baptist. Tiberius ordered Vitellius, the governor of Syria, to capture or kill Aretas, but Vitellius was reluctant to support Herod and abandoned his campaign upon Tiberius' death in 37.
SH84234. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 5, 152; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 60; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, Choice gVF, well centered, toned, die wear, porosity, light marks, weight 3.670 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 36 - 37 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right, laurel wreath ties fall in small undulations (waves); reverse PONTIF MAXIM, Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right, branch in left, feet on footstool; $700.00 (€623.00)
 


Tiberius and Livia, c. 15 A.D., Uncertain City, North West Anatolia

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RPC I Supplement I 5428 attributes this to "Augustus(?) and Livia" but the use of CEBACTH for Livia identifies this as a coin struck after her elevation to Augusta. She was made Augusta only after the death and last testament of her husband. This type must have been struck during the reign of Tiberius and it is almost certainly his portrait on the obverse.
RP77319. Bronze AE 15, RPC I Supp. I 5428/3 (this coin), F, green patina, light marks, tiny edge crack, small patina edge chip on reverse, weight 1.565 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 135o, probably N.W. Anatolia mint, c. 15 A.D.; obverse CEBACTOC, laureate head of Tiberius right; reverse CEBACTH, head of Livia right, hair in looped plait down back of neck; ex Plankenhorn Collection, extremely rare, only three known specimens; $240.00 (€213.60)
 


Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

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Pontius Pilate served under Emperor Tiberius and is best known from the biblical account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea from 26 - 36 A.D. He is known from the New Testament, his coins, brief mention by Tacitus, Philo of Alexandria, Josephus, the Gospel of Nicodemus, the Gospel of Marcion, other apocryphal works, and a stone in the Israel Museum inscribed with his name and "PRAEFECTUS IVDAEAE."
JD69880. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342a, SGICV 5623, aF, weight 2.448 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 29 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse LIς (year 16) within wreath; $135.00 (€120.15)
 


Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

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Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Scholars disagree on the date of this type. If the "S" is actually a retrograde (backwards) "Z," the date is year 17 or 30 A.D. If the "S" is actually the Greek letter stigma, the date is year 16 or 29 A.D.
JD69881. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342a, SGICV 5623, F, nice highlighting desert patina, uneven strike, weight 1.990 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, 29 or 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse LIς (year 16) or LIZ (Z retrograde year 17) within wreath; $130.00 (€115.70)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia

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RPC identifies this ruler as Uncertain Emperor (Tiberius?) while SNG Copenhagen says Tiberius. The portrait does look like Tiberius.
GB90185. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2279, SNG Cop 233, BMC Mysia -, F, weight 3.804 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 225o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, obverse CEBAC, laureate head right; reverse ΛAMΨAKH, forepart of Pegasos right; rare; $120.00 (€106.80)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia

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Tauropolos is an epithet for the goddess Artemis, variously interpreted as worshiped at Tauris, or pulled by a yoke of bulls, or hunting bull goddess. A statue of Artemis "Tauropolos" by Iphigenia in her temple at Brauron in Attica was supposed to have been brought from the Taurians. Tauropolia was a festival of Artemis held at Athens. - Wikipedia
RP77237. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 1633; SNG ANS 170; SNG Cop 96; Varbanov III 3141; BMC Macedonia p. 53, 82, VF, green patina, weight 9.004 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse TI KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left; reverse AMΦIΠOΛITΩN, Artemis Tauropolos riding aside facing on bull galloping right, holding billowing inflated veil overhead with both hands; $120.00 (€106.80)
 


Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

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Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD79873. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342, Meshorer TJC 333, RPC I 4968, SGICV 5623, VF, red earthen deposits, weight 1.761 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse LIZ (year 17) within wreath; $105.00 (€93.45)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Lampsakos, Mysia

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RPC identifies this ruler as "Uncertain Emperor (Tiberius?)" while SNG Copenhagen says "Tiberius." The portrait does look like Tiberius.
RH90508. Bronze AE 15, RPC I 2279, SNG Cop 233, BMC Mysia -, VF, weight 4.856 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 180o, Lampsacus mint, obverse CEBAC, laureate head right; reverse ΛAMΨAKH, forepart of Pegasos right, uncertain object below; scarce; $95.00 (€84.55)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia

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Tauropolos is an epithet for the goddess Artemis, variously interpreted as worshiped at Tauris, or pulled by a yoke of bulls, or hunting bull goddess. A statue of Artemis "Tauropolos" by Iphigenia in her temple at Brauron in Attica was supposed to have been brought from the Taurians. Tauropolia was a festival of Artemis held at Athens. - Wikipedia
RP77232. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 1633; SNG ANS 170; SNG Cop 96; Varbanov III 3141; BMC Macedonia p. 53, 82, VF, light green patina, a little off-center, weight 8.587 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse TI KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left; reverse AMΦIΠOΛITΩN, Artemis Tauropolos riding aside facing on bull galloping right, holding billowing inflated veil overhead with both hands; $95.00 (€84.55)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia

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Tauropolos is an epithet for the goddess Artemis, variously interpreted as worshiped at Tauris, or pulled by a yoke of bulls, or hunting bull goddess. A statue of Artemis "Tauropolos" by Iphigenia in her temple at Brauron in Attica was supposed to have been brought from the Taurians. Tauropolia was a festival of Artemis held at Athens. - Wikipedia
RP77233. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 1633; SNG ANS 170; SNG Cop 96; Varbanov III 3141; BMC Macedonia p. 53, 82, VF, green patina, weight 8.719 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse TI KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left; reverse AMΦIΠOΛITΩN, Artemis Tauropolos riding aside facing on bull galloping right, holding billowing inflated veil overhead with both hands; $95.00 (€84.55)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Apollonoshieron, Lydia

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Apollonoshieron, so called from a temple of Apollo, poliosis noticed by Pliny as a place of little note (V. 29.). It appears to have been afterwards a bishopric; (Hierocl p. 670.) and if it is the place mentioned by Aristides, (I. p. 625, 629.) it was seated on a hill, and about 47 KM from Pergamum, a distance which rather agrees with the Apollonias of Strabo.
RP73125. Brass AE 15, RPC I 3044, SNGvA 2906, Weber 6782, aF, over-cleaned to bare metal, rough, weight 4.220 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Apollonoshieron mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOΣ KAIΣAP, laureate head right; reverse AΠOΛΛΩNIEPEIΩN, lyre; very rare; $70.00 (€62.30)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia

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Tauropolos is an epithet for the goddess Artemis, variously interpreted as worshiped at Tauris, or pulled by a yoke of bulls, or hunting bull goddess. A statue of Artemis "Tauropolos" by Iphigenia in her temple at Brauron in Attica was supposed to have been brought from the Taurians. Tauropolia was a festival of Artemis held at Athens. - Wikipedia
RP74291. Bronze AE 22, RPC I 1633; SNG ANS 170; SNG Cop 96; Varbanov III 3141; BMC Macedonia p. 53, 82, aVF, green patina, porous, weight 9.092 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse TI KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left; reverse AMΦIΠOΛITΩN, Artemis Tauropolos riding aside facing on bull galloping right, holding billowing inflated veil overhead with both hands; $70.00 (€62.30)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Turiaso, Hispania Terraconensis

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Issued by the Duumviri Mn. Sulpicius Lucanus and M. Sempronius Front(us?).
RP76716. Bronze as, Villaronga-Benages 3286, SNG Lorichs 1874, RPC I 413, Burgos 2455 var. (IMP P P R), SNG Cop -, F, earthen encrustation, corrosion, weight 13.650 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 90o, Turiaso mint, 19 Aug 14 - 16 Mar 37 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR AVG F AVGVSTVS IMP, laureate head right; reverse MVN TVRIASO MN SVLP LVCAN M SEMP FRONT, II VIR within oak wreath; scarce; $60.00 (€53.40)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia, Livia Reverse

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Tiberius depicted his mother Livia on most of his coins, perhaps in gratitude for her scheming that removed potential rivals to the throne, until Augustus had no choice but to name him as heir.
RP73136. Bronze AE 23, RPC I 1567; BMC Macedonia p. 117, 75; SNG Cop 403, aF, weight 9.329 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 14 - 29 A.D.; obverse TI KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, bare head right; reverse ΣEBAΣTH ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, laureate bust of Livia right; $55.00 (€48.95)
 


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Sardis, Lydia

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This type, signed by the magistrates Opinas and Akaimos, was apparently struck before the earthquake of 17 A.D. After the earthquake, Sardis changed its name to Sardis Caesarea to demonstrate its appreciation for the substantial help provided by the emperor.
RP76717. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 2989 corr. (3 lines); BMC Lydia p. 251, 102; Lindgren-Kovacs 813; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG München -, aF, tight flan, corrosion, weight 7.127 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, 19 Aug 14 - 17 A.D.; obverse KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOY YIOΣ, bare head right; reverse ΣAP/∆IANΩN / OΠINAΣ / AKIAMOΣ in four lines within wreath; $38.00 (€33.82)
 







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

CIVITATIBVSASIAERESTITVTIS
TICAESARAVGFTRPOTXV (TIBERIUS AND AUGUSTUS)
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTIMPVII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTIMPVIII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTVS
TICAESARAVGVSTIFIMPERATOR
TICAESARAVGVSTIFIMPERATORV
TICAESARAVGVSTFIMPERATVII
TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGVSTVS
TIDIVIFAVGVSTVS


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