Illustrated Catholic Family Annual – Saint Peter’s Fish


The haddock is said to be the fish out of whose mouth Saint Peter took the tribute money as described in Matthew 17:24-27, leaving the marks of his finger and thumb, to be seen at this day in the black spots on the sides. Metelus speaks of the

“Haddock which appear
With marks of Rome, Saint Peter’s finger here.”

And again:

“Peter’s fish,
How com’st thou here to make so godly dish?”


When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

“Yes,” he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?”

When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.” – Matthew 17:24-27

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Peter’s Fish”. Illustrated Catholic Family Annual, 1880. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 January 2017. Web. 21 October 2020. <>