Biblical Widow's Mite Fine Condition
One of the Most Sought-After Ancient Treasures Today
“...and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
The Widow's Mite is a small copper coin that was used in ancient Israel during the time of the Second Temple. It is most famous for its mention in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, specifically in the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke.
According to the Bible, the Widow's Mite was the offering made by a poor widow who gave all that she had to the Temple treasury. Jesus was said to have observed her act and commented that she had given more than all the other wealthy donors because she had given all that she had.
The exact identification of the Widow's Mite is uncertain, but it is believed to have been a small bronze or copper coin called a lepton, which was the smallest denomination coin used in Palestine at the time. It was worth only a fraction of a Roman denarius, which was the standard coin of the Roman Empire.
The Widow's Mite has become a symbol of selfless giving and generosity, and it is often used to inspire acts of charity and kindness. The story of the Widow's Mite also provides insight into the economic and social conditions of ancient Israel, as well as the teachings and attitudes of Jesus towards wealth and poverty.
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The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among some of the most recognized, though enigmatic, coins of the ancient times. The fact is, we don’t quite know exactly what it was. The best clue actually stems from the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in the Gospels of Mark (12:41-44) and Luke (21:1-4).
With no clear description of the coin, it has been left up to scholars, numismatists, and historians to identify this piece. The most accepted notion is that the Widow’s Mite is a prutah of the Judaean King, Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 B.C.).
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