Money and coins are mentioned many times, and in many places, in the Bible. No fewer than 16 of the 40 parables preached by Jesus mention coins or money. To the casual reader, these might sound like abstract or symbolic references, but to numismatists, they tell stories with deep significance. Coins give us a running commentary on biblical events in a way that no other artifacts can supply.
What did the actual 30 pieces of silver-the money given to Judas for his betrayal-look like? Were they real coins, like the ones we use today? What were they worth in purchasing power? How could they possibly be compared to the value of such a precious life? What about the Widow's Mites-two tiny coins that offered a profound lesson in giving-what did they look like? Or the Tribute Penny so famously "rendered unto Caesar"? What kind of money did the Good Samaritan pay to the innkeeper? And why would a woman rejoice with her friends when she found a lost drachma?
In Money of the Bible, these and similar questions are answered by one of the most famous numismatic researchers of our time. Through Kenneth Bressett's fascinating study, we gain a better understanding of ancient customs and the truth in the words of the Bible.
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The Official Red Book®—A Guide Book of United States Coins—is 68 years young and going strong. Collectors around the country love the convenience of the spiralbound edition. It opens up and lies flat on the table while you study your coin collection. And of course it includes all the grade-by-grade values, auction records, historical background, detailed specifications, high-resolution photographs, and accurate mintage data that turn a new coin collector into an educated numismatist. How rare are your coins? How much are they worth? The Red Book tells you, covering everything from early colonial copper tokens to hefty Old West silver dollars and dazzling gold coins. You’ll find prices for more than 6,000 coins, tokens, medals, sets, and other collectibles. You’ll also round out your education in commemoratives, Proof and Mint coins, error coins, Civil War tokens, Confederate coins, private gold, and all the latest National Park quarters, Presidential and Native American dollars, Lincoln cents, and more. Articles on investing, grading coins, and detecting counterfeits will make you a savvy collector; and entertaining essays on the history of American coinage, shipwrecks and hoards, and the modern rare-coin market give you an inside look at “the hobby of kings.” These are just some of the features of the informative, entertaining, invaluable Red Book—the world’s best-selling coin price guide.