Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said:
"What will you give me if I deliver him over to you? " And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14)
And he betrayed him, with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed with the apostles. He was captured, taken before Pilate, convicted, cruelly tortured, and finally crucified. Realizing what he had done, Judas repented and decided to return the 30 pieces of silver to the high priests and elders. But they reject him. "What does it matter to us? It's your business!" They told him. Judas threw the silver pieces into the temple, went and hanged himself ...
One of these treacherous coins rolled through history to Nin, the oldest Croatian royal town and is today kept in the treasury of the parish church of St. Asela. Of the Judah coins discovered and preserved in Europe, experts agree, Croatian is the most beautiful. It exudes Hellenism that had a high degree of aesthetic representation, remember that in those times successful works of art were created on all levels.
It is part of the reliquary of Judas' silver coin from the end of the 15th century, a domestic goldsmith's work made in the form of a six-sided prism of forged edges, closed with glass walls. The coin in it stands on a handle in the shape of an elegant hand, inserted between the thumb and fingers. It is 18.5 millimeters in diameter and made of silver. The front of the coin (obverse) is filled with the head of the god Helium, slightly rotated to the right, with thick hair in free fall. On the back (reverse) there is a rose with a stalk and a bud, and on the right side, in the field on the left, there is a representation of a bunch and below it the letter E. At the top, above the flower, there is the inscription POΔION.
The Nin silver coin soon should be presented to the Italian professor Travaini from the University of Milan who will arrive in Nin. She researches money and coins in Europe in the Middle Ages and could certainly say more about the Nin silver coin, which stands in the valuable collection of Nin church art for two and a half millennia old and waiting for the world to discover it. Every day it reminds of betrayal, repentance, Pilate's hand washing, torture and crucifixion of the one who preached kindness and humility ... The story of all stories.
Pgoto by: Tourist Board of the city of Nin