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    Nerva's Mysterious FISCI IVDAICI Sestertius

    Nerva (96 - 98 AD). AE sestertius (32mm, 23.63 gm, 6h). AD 96, Rome. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P; laureate head of Nerva to r. / FISCI IVDAICI CALVMNIA SVBLATA (the insult of the Jewish Tax has been removed); S C in fields; large palm tree with two bunches of dates. Hendin 1603. BMCRE 88. Dark green patina with minimal cleaning. Wonderful portrait! Surely among the finest known examples of this enigmatic issue. Extremely Fine.

    There is ongoing discussion regarding whether this coin actually commemorates the elimination of the insult of the tax on Jews or the cessation of the insult to the Emperor of the Jews continuing to pay taxes to Jerusalem (cf. Hendin pp. 457-458). For a fascinating discussion of this coin as it relates to the separation between Judaism and early Christianity see Marius Heemstra's recent book The Fiscus Judaicus and the Parting of the Ways.




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