14 AD TIBERIUS AV AUREUS
NGC Ch F Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5Tiberius (AD 14-37), AV Aureus, 7.77g, Lugdunum, laureate head right, ti caesar divi avg f avgvstvs, rev. pontif maxim, Livia, as Pax, seated right, holding sceptre and branch.
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. Tiberius struck relatively few portrait bronzes, but issued silver and gold in large quantities. 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 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.
Tiberius was an extraordinary general, Tiberius' service to Rome was second only to that of Augustus. However, upon becoming emperor he was beset with troubles that stemmed primarily from dynastic infighting and an unhealthy reliance on his praetorian prefect Sejanus. His reign became so difficult that he abandoned the capital and spent his last decade ruling in relative isolation on the island of Capri. In faraway Judaea, meanwhile, the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate crucified Jesus Christ.