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.
This coin is known as the “Tribute Penny in Gold.” 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. Minted in Lugdunum (modern-day Lyon), the gold aurei of Tiberius are fairly common in lower grades, but extremely scarce in problem-free VF and better. This piece exhibits perfect strike (5/5) with superb overall eye appeal 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. Only 19 of these coins have been graded XF by NGC. It’s a coin with true international demand due to its Biblical importance!