From Beyond the Pulpit – Coins and the Roman Press

by Stan Hudson who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference

In continuing our series on Biblical coins, remember how I mentioned that (for the Romans at least) coins were meant to send out political messages? That’s right; before there was the Internet, Imperial coins were the thing.

For instance, take a look at how coins reflected the wars between Judaea and Rome. After Vespasian and son Titus beat the Jews and destroyed their temple in AD 70 they minted coinage that was meant to get that word out to the empire. Here is a dime-sized denarius of Vespasian with a mourning Jewess on the back besides a pile of war trophies. Under her weeping frame is the word “IUDAEA.” 

And when the art platform was large enough, like on a silver-dollar sized bronze sestertius, Vespasian himself can stand triumphantly with his war standard and the words “IUDAEA CAPTA.” That Judaea was captured was meant to tell the Roman world that Rome was doing its job with “terrorists.”

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