The Coin Used To Betray Jesus Christ- 63 B.C- A.D.14 Augustus Silver Tetradrachm Certified NGC
Born Gaius Octavius, Augustus was the founder of the Roman E Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 B.C. until his death in 14 A.D. Augustus restored the appearance of the Republic but retained autocratic power as a military dictator. He held powers granted him for life by the Senate and called himself Princeps Civitatis (“First Citizen”), rejecting monarchial titles. The result became known as the Principate, the first phase of the Roman Empire.
The Tetradrachm denomination was typically reserved for larger transactions within the Greek city of Alexandria while the deanrius was most often found in widely populated areas of the Roman Empire. Many experts believe that these very silver coins were the ones that Judas used to betray Jesus Christ. The Tetradrachms of Augustus are also known for their amazingly high content of silver (98%). Subsequent rulers melted these coins down, not only using the raw metal to mint his own featuring his profile on the obverse, but to dilute the fineness of the metal in each coin until it became approximately 45% fine during the rule of Severus Alexander (222-235 AD).
The word used in Matthew 26:15(arguria) simply means "silver coins, experts suggest they most likely were Roman silver.
Tetradrachms from Antioch, which bore the head of Augustus.
Experts suggest that these 30 pieces of silver then get "bandied back and forth by the Spirit of Prophecy. When the chief priests decide to buy a field with the returned money, Matthew says that this fulfilled "what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet." Namely, "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me" (Matthew 27:9–10).
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