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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Ancient Roman coins including a Lucius Verus copy
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The 1988 Cineplex Odeon film "The Last Temptation of Christ" shows some ancient coins.
 
The film was based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and stars Willem Dafoe as Jesus and Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene.
It is a non-traditional story of the life and minstry of Jesus of Nazareth.
 
In one scene, Jesus visits a temple and observes a group of money changers who have set up shop there,
including tables and plates full of coins which appear to be copies of ancient coins.
Later on a temple priest holds up a gold coin.
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1. Jesus and Mary Magdalene visit the temple
 
The film is a re-telling of the story of Jesus Christ.
Willem Dafoe plays Jesus, Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene.
 
The Biblical story of Jesus and the Money Changers in the Jerusalem Temple features Roman coins.
 
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2. Coins in tray
 
These appear to be copies of ancient Roman coins.
 
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3. Money changer at work
 
He has a display of coins and some kind of counting device.
 
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4. Money changer's coins and weighing scale
 
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5. Jesus chastises the money changer
 
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6. Some of the money changer's goods fly into the air
 
In the center is a Lucius Verus coin, see below.
 
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7. Temple priest holds a Roman gold coin
 
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8. Closer look at the Roman gold coin
 
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9. The Roman gold coin rotated to show detail
 
This coin is similar to the fake/fantasy Roman Lucius Verus (AD 161-169) coin below,
but appears to be gold-plated.
 
A bronze version of this coin appears in the 1975 film "The Man Who Would Be King".
 
Rome Lucius Verus Copy
10. Fake Roman coin of Lucius Verus
 
This coin is a popular fake made for sale to tourists visiting ancient historical sites in Europe and Asia.
 
The Roman chariot and four horses on the reverse might have been chosen for this fake
as while few tourists are familiar with Roman history, many would have seen the film "Ben-Hur"
which is set at the time of Christ and features such a chariot in the climatic chariot race scene.
 
The Roman Emperor on the coin, Lucius Verus, was the co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius
from AD 161 to 169 which is long after the time of Christ.
Notes:
 
Cast:
Willem Dafoe as Jesus
Harvey Keitel as Judas
Paul Greco as Zealot
Verna Bloom as Mary, Mother of Jesus
Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene
 
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Paul Schrader, Nikos Kazantzakis (novel)
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