1067321 | ROMAN IMPERIAL. Tiberius. (Emperor, 14-37 AD). Struck 14-37 AD. AR Denarius. NGC AU (About Uncirculated) Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5. Lugdunum. 3.89gm. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS. laureate head right / PONTIF MAXIM. Livia, as Pax, seated left, holding long vertical sceptre and branch, on chair with ornamented legs above one exergual line. RIC 30-C.-16; BMC-48; BN-28.
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The tribute penny was the coin that was shown to Jesus when he made his famous speech "Render unto Caesar..." The phrase comes from the King James Version of the gospel account: Jesus is asked, "Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" (Mark 12:14) and he replies, "bring me a penny, that I may see it" (Mark 12:15). The Greek text uses the word denarion and it is probable that the coin was a Roman denarius with a portrait of Tiberius.
Cristo della moneta ("The Tribute Money"), painted by Titian in 1516, depicts Jesus receiving the tribute penny.