Biblical Jesus Period Prutah Coin from the Gospel of Mark 12


Own a piece of biblical history with The Widow’s Mite Coin, a genuine artifact from the time of Jesus.

Your purchase includes a certificate of authenticity, ensuring that you possess a true relic of the past. Connect with the stories of scripture through this tangible piece of antiquity.

● Authentic Biblical coin.
● Used in Second Temple period.
● Minted in Judea.
● Includes a display stand.
● Certificate of authenticity included.
● Shipped direct from the Jerusalem.

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Unveiling the Widow’s Mite: A Glimpse into the Currency of Jesus’ Era

The Widow’s Mite coin holds a special place in both historical and religious contexts. It is a small bronze coin that was used during the time of Jesus, particularly in the region of Judea. The term “mite” refers to the smallest and least valuable coin in circulation at the time, akin to what might be considered a penny today.

The coin gained its biblical fame from the story in the New Testament where Jesus observes a widow offering two mites at the Temple, which was all she had to live on. This act of giving, despite her poverty, was highlighted by Jesus as a profound example of faith and generosity.

The currency of Jesus’ era was diverse, with various coins from different regions and rulers circulating simultaneously. The Widow’s Mite, also known as the Lepton, was among the lowest denominations used during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus from 103 to 76 BCE. Despite its modest value, the coin’s significance is magnified by its connection to a poignant biblical narrative. The Widow’s Mite serves as a tangible link to the past, offering a unique window into the economic and social conditions of the time. It is a testament to the daily transactions and livelihoods of those who lived in the Holy Land over two millennia ago.

The combination of the coin, display stand, and certificate of authenticity makes for a compelling package that not only holds historical value but also serves as an inspirational reminder of the enduring lessons from the biblical account of the widow’s offering.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 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)

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.

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Weight 0.1 kg