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Judaea | Biblical Widows Mite | Bronze Prutah | Fine

The ancient coin from Judaea, dated from 135-37 BC, is an intriguing artifact from the time of the Hasmonean Kings, who ruled over Judaea during the Hellenistic period. This bronze coin, commonly referred to as a "Widow's Mite," holds significant biblical and historical importance. Certified by NGC Ancients in Fine condition, it represents a tangible link to a storied past, particularly relevant to the biblical passages in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4.

The coin's origin traces back to the Hasmonean Kingdom, which was an independent Jewish state established after the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. During this period, the Hasmonean Kings issued various bronze coins to facilitate local commerce. These coins were typically small in size, reflecting their common usage in everyday transactions.

The term "Widow's Mite" is derived from biblical references, where a poor widow is described as giving two small coins—likely similar to this one—to the Temple treasury, signifying her great sacrifice despite her poverty. The mention of these coins in the Bible has made them a well-known symbol of humility and generosity.

Though this coin is in Fine condition, the details of its design are still discernible, providing insight into the cultural and religious context of ancient Judaea. The obverse and reverse designs often depict symbols that represent Jewish heritage and faith, connecting this coin to its historical roots.

This ancient Judaea bronze coin is part of a broader collection of artifacts that embody the rich history of the Hasmonean Kingdom and the biblical narratives surrounding the "Widow's Mite." Collectors and enthusiasts can acquire this significant piece at Austin Rare Coins & Bullion. To learn more about this coin or other Judaea-related artifacts, contact an Austin Coin Advisor for additional information.

Note: Coin image is indicative of the quality you will receive, not the exact coin you may be sent.

 

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Here are the biblical passages that refer to the "Widow's Mite":

Mark 12:41-44 (NIV) "And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, 'Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.'"

Luke 21:1-4 (NIV) "Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and He saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And He said, 'Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.'"

These passages underscore the deep spiritual significance of the widow's humble offering, highlighting her faith and generosity despite having very little to give. The story of the "Widow's Mite" is a powerful reminder of the value of giving from the heart, regardless of the monetary amount.

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