This lepton widow's mite has beautiful anchor and star images in a high contrast natural patina. THE WIDOW'S MITE COIN IN SCRIPTUREThis is a widow's mite lepton coin which is the same type of coin that was given by the poor widow to the Temple as recorded in Luke 21:2 and Mark 12:41. These small bronze lepton coins were the smallest coins minted and were often cheaply and crudely made. This one fact helps to emphasize the poverty of the poor widow to which Christ commended her for "she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."
A PURELY JUDEAN COINThese coins were minted while Judea was self-governing, not under Greek or Roman occupation. The coins were minted under King and High Priest Alexander Jannaeus who ruled from 103-76 BC. The Maccabean war was over and Israel was no longer under the Greek/Syrian rule and Herod the Great had not yet come to power which led to the Roman occupation. A truly Jewish coin. These coins continued in regular circulation in Israel till about 70 AD.
WIDOW'S MITE CHARACTERISTICSThis coin is a "DOUBLE DATED LEPTON". The coin has Aramaic wording around the star and Greek wording around the anchor. Both sides of the coin normally reveal a date within the inscription, if legible. This lepton has beautiful natural patina finish with sharp contrast to the coin. This particular mite measures 14mm. The coin has an anchor on one side and a star on the reverse. These coins are almost never round but oblong with two flans and/or straight cuts on opposite ends, due to the fact that these coins were made in strips then cut.
DO YOU WANT A COIN FLIP OR OLIVE WOOD BOX?The coin comes in a coin flip with a description of the coin. The coin flip itself come in a coin envelope that identifies the enclosed coin as a Widow's Mite coin from the time of Jesus Christ. A Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the coin flip. You may also purchase an Olive Wood coin box that identifies this coin as a widow's mite coin. The coin can be prized addition to your private collection or given to the special person whom you very much appreciate. These coins are also available mounted in Jewelry pendants to be worn as a testimony of your appreciation and faith in God.