Bronze Biblical “Widows Mite”


Alexander Jannaeus, 103-76 BC, bronze prutah of 14.8 mm, 1.31 grams. Anchor in a circle, surrounded by Greek, when positioned upside down, the letters LKE (year 25) are clear at points of the anchor/Star surrounded by Aramaic ‘Year 25 of King Alexander.’ Hendin 471. Set as a pendant in 14K modern gold.

This bronze coin, known as a Widow’s Mite, was issued under the rule of Alexander Jannaeus, 103-76 BCE. The symbols seen on the obverse of the coin is commonly referred to as an anchor; a wheel-like design is displayed on the reverse.

These smallest of Roman coins circulated during the Biblical time of the New Testament. They are called “Widow’s Mites” because of the story in the bible about a poor woman who gave money to the treasury of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. The passage appears in Mark 12:41-44 as follows:

“And Jesus sat over against the treasury and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had even all her living.”

Mounted as a pendant in 14K gold.

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Alexander Jannaeus, 103-76 BC,

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