Sometime around 30 AD a man called Yeshua (or Isho, if one sticks to Arameic) - preacher and miracle worker was executed in the Roman province of Judea. The method used for his capital punishment was crucifixion - in the eyes of the Romans and many contemporaries the most shameful and disgraceful way to die. So abhorrent in fact, that it was reserved for the worst criminals and usually only non-citizens.
From time immemorial, from the first time somebody (and it was most likely a Lydian) hammered a lion's head on a carefully weighed lump of electrum, people using these so stamped lumps were interested in them. Not only because they could buy things or store value in very convenient standardized pieces, but also because they were fascinated by their artistic beauty and with the time maybe even interested in the political message they could find in stamped images.