Obverse: Tiberius r.
Reference: H.916 Sear 1763
The scriptures mention that it was a denarius that was shown to Jesus of Nazareth when he was asked the question about paying taxes to the Roman Emperor. (Mk 12:14-17) This has led many to believe that it is this type of coin that was shown to Jesus. This is possible since it is a denarius and it is of the emperor Tiberius who reigned at the time. But since the scriptures only use the word “denarius” and does not tell us exactly whose image was on the coin, then it could also have been a silver coin minted by Augustus. Note I prefer to call it the "Tribute Coin" because the usual term “Tribute Penny” could be misleading in indicating its worth. A denarius is what a person would earn for a full day’s pay and therefore is rather valuable. The denarius is the coin of choice for use by people in the western part of the Roman Empire and would have been a rather rare coin in the eastern part of the Roman Empire and this includes the area of Judea.