American Numismatic Society, NY

The tribute coin Jesus asks to see when he prepares his rebuttal would have been a silver denarius of the Roman emperor Tiberius (the reigning emperor at the time Jesus preached in Jerusalem). On its front, it bore Tiberius’s head—his eikoµn or “likeness”—and the legend TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, “Tiberius Caesar, son of the Divine Augustus.”