The Widow’s Mite coin from Jesus time in a olive wood box.
The Widow’s Mite coin is a small bronze prutah of Alexander Jannaeus (76-103 B.C.) from the Hasmonean Period. This coin was used in Jesus’ time as small change. Is illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the widow’s offering in Luke 21.
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:2-4)