19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
19 Verse 19. They brought unto him a penny.] A denarius: probably
the ordinary capitation tax, though the poll tax in the law,
Ex 30:13, 14,
was half a shekel, about twice as much as the denarius. The
Roman denarius had the emperor's image with a proper legend
stamped on one side of it. It was not therefore the sacred shekel
which was to be paid for the repairs of the temple which was now
demanded, but the regular tribute required by the Roman government.