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Centre for Coins Culture and Religious History

Spotlight Q&A The Rev’d Canon Dr Greg Jenks Spotlight Q&A

Q&A with St John’s Cathedral Director of the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History, Honorary Canon of Grafton Cathedral and Holy Land study tour guide, The Rev’d Canon Dr Greg Jenks

Meet Greg Jenks and find out about his faith journey, his experience living in Palestine, how his faith shapes his character and outlook, his earliest memory and his plans to lead a study tour to Palestine, Israel and Jordan later in the year

People & History Dr Peter Lewis with a bronze coin People & History

St Paul’s coins

“The coins give us a tangible connection to the man who wrote most of the letters in the New Testament and who was Luke’s hero in Acts. As well as providing a tangible link, the coins have much to tell us about the environment in which Paul did his seminal work,” says Dr Peter Lewis from The Parish of Gold Coast North

St Francis College Dean of Students Dr Sheilagh O'Brien with a gold cup-shaped hyperpyron coin of Alexius I (this coin is part of the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History collection, which is on display at St John's Cathedral)
People & History

A coin is worth a thousand words

In the ancient coins, lamps, manuscripts, marble statues, and mosaics that remain, the imagery and imagination of a distant time and place can be found again, allowing us to find new ways to tell the stories of the past for the present,” says Dr Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien, with The Rev’d Dr Gregory Jenks


What I learnt from an ancient coin incursion

“Out of the coins shown in this incursion, my favourite was a small roughly-shaped silver coin with an eagle design. The eagle represented imperial power. This coin dated back to around 80 BCE, and it was breathtaking to think I was holding something so incredibly old,” says Year 9 St Paul’s School student Max Hering


The denarius in Mark 12.15

“After investigating the matter, I came to the conclusion that the coin for the Roman tax could not have been a denarius because there is no evidence that denarii circulated in Judea at that time,” says ancient coin expert and author Dr Peter Lewis from St James’, Biggera Waters