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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Ancient Roman coins and large coin decoration prop
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The 1965 United Artists film "The Greatest Story Ever Told" tells the Biblical story of the life and ministry of
Jesus of Nazareth.
 
Max von Sydow stars as Jesus, and various famous actors and actresses have small roles.
 
In the film, the Roman tax collector Matthew wears a medal imitating a Roman coin.
A wall plaque based on a Roman coin appears in his office.
Judas receives the infamous "thirty pieces of silver" for informing on Jesus.
 
The other coin-related stories of Jesus, the Widow's Mite and the Tribute Penny do not appear in the film.
Greatest Story Ever Told
1. Jesus and his disciples arrive in Capernaum
 
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2. Tax collector Matthew
 
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3. Matthew wearing medal
 
The medal appears to imitate a Roman coin.
 
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4. Large wall plaque copied from Roman coin
 
The wall plaque is a symbol of Matthew's occupation.
In the middle of the plaque is the image of Tiberius Caesar, with a bordering inscription:
TIBERIVS CAES DIV AVG TR POT IMPERATOR
 
The 21 inch (53cm) plaque was crafted by studio prop artist Zoyd Luce in polyester resin and
was painted silver.
 
It was auctioned in March of 2014 by Invaluable Auctions who listed it as:
"Greatest Story Ever Told - Roman Money Changer Plaque".
 
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5. Roman governor Pontius Pilate
 
He sends his soldiers to bring in Jesus and has a reward offered.
 
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6. Judas receives payment for informing on Jesus
Notes:
 
Cast:
Max von Sydow as Jesus
Roddy McDowall as Matthew
Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate
Many film personalities appeared in this film in small roles.
 
Director: George Stevens
Writers: Fulton Oursler, Henry Denker, James Lee Barrett, George Stevens
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