2 Genuine “Widow’s Mites” in an Engraved Olive Wood Box

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Two authentic widow’s mites in an olive wood box

The coin of the widow’s mite is a small bronze Hasmonean coin minted under Alexander Jannaeus (76-103 B.C.) with a star on one side and an anchor on the other. This coin was reused during the time of Jesus as the small change, and is illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the widow’s offering.

Olive wood box is made in Bethlehem.

Makes a great gift to illustrate Jesus’ parable with the two small coins.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export.

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Two authentic “Widow’s mites” coins in a handmade olive wood box from Bethlehem.

The Widow’s Mites – A New Testament Coin from Jesus’ Time.

Material: Bronze
Denomination: Prutah
Ruler: Alexander Jannaeus
Date: 95-76 B.C.
Mint: Jerusalem

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.

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21:1-4)

This coin was first minted by Alexander Jannaeus (76-103 B.C.), and was mass-produced in Jerusalem. The front contains a star design with the paleo-Hebrew characters of Jehonatan (Alexander Jannaeus’ Hebrew name) between the rays. The back contains an anchor as a symbol of naval strength after conquering the philistine coastal cities. It features a Greek inscription reading, “King Alexander.”

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. It 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.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export approval.

Shipped direct from the Holy Land.

Zak’s Antiquities is the website of Zak’s fine art and antiquities. Located on the Christian Quarter road in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shop began in 1964 and has remained as a family owned and operated business till this day. For the past 50 years Zak’s Antiquities has sold ancient coins, antiquities and art authentic to Israel and Jerusalem.

Additional information

Weight1 kg
Dimensions7 × 7 cm

1 review for 2 Genuine “Widow’s Mites” in an Engraved Olive Wood Box

  1. jasperwalls

    Our coins arrived quickly and are wonderful! The olive wood box is heavy and beautiful on its own and is the perfect (and secure) way to display these coins. Helps add another dimension to the account in Scripture. Thanks again, Zak!

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