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Reflections Year 9 St Paul's School students Jessica Vickers and Hannah McDonnell Reflections

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

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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