Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The image and likeness of Caesar
NUMISMATICS: CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar (Mike Markowitz). The first coin pictured makes me think of Jesus' reference to the "likeness and inscription" of Caesar mentioned by Jesus in the story in Mark 12:13-17. But the occasion for the pictured coin was rather macabre and I doubt any of them were still circulating in Jesus' time. Still, it probably gives us some idea of what a denarius coin depicting a Caesar might have looked like. My recent post on The denarius quotes the New Testament story and links to a Coin Word article on the subject, but the latter does not have any photos of denarii bearing Caesar's likeness.