...with NO silver content, but would command the new coins be accepted exactly as the old, silver coins, on penalty of death (the Romans didn't fool around with these things).
If you've noticed this sounds familiar to the elimination of silver coin from American money in 1965, go to the head of the class.
Cal Thomas' call for a taxpayer revolt may have good motivation, but it strikes at the far less important source of government theft. The far, far more important source of government theft is fake money. The reason it works so well (from the government's thieving perspective) is that so few people understand it.
Taxpayer revolts are fine. An "honest money" revolt would do much more good.