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    Jewish Tax Sestertius

    Nerva (AD 96-98). AE sestertius (33mm, 25.81 gm, 6h). NGC VF 4/5 - 3/5. Rome, late AD 96. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II DESIGN III P P, laureate head of Nerva right / FISCI IVDAICI-CALVMNIA SVBLATA ("the insult of the Jewish tax has been abated"), palm tree bearing two large bunches of dates; S-C across fields. RIC II 72. Hendin 1603a. Rare. Reddish-brown patina with orichalcum highlights. An attractive example of this rare and controversial type.

    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 book "The Fiscus Judaicus and the Parting of the Ways".


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