The Hasmonean Prutah bronze coin is a New Testament Coin from Jesus’ time.
This small bronze coin was made famous in Jesus’ parable of the Widow’s Offering (Mark 12, Luke 21). In this story, the widow gives an offering of only two small coins, worth only a fraction of a penny, yet Jesus valued her offering greater than all the others because she gave everything she had.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:43-44)
These small coins were in circulation for a long duration, and were used as the small change in the first century A.D. It is the smallest coin in use during Jesus’ time, and is therefore known as the “Widow’s Mite” from this New Testament parable.
Although this coin is small and unimpressive, it is a constant reminder of Jesus’ message that God values the heart and sacrifice of a person, not the outward standards of people.
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