103-76 B.C. Alexander Jannaeus Bronze Widow's Mite - Very Fine

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103-76 B.C. Alexander Jannaeus Bronze Widow's Mite - Very Fine

"And Jesus set over against the treasury, and behold how the people cast money into the treasury and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow. and she threw in two mites" - Mark 12:41-42.

The Widow's Mite is the term used in the King James version Bible referring to the smallest coin in use between 100 BC and 60 AD. Also known as the lepton, these coins were typically struck in Bronze.

It is interesting to note that, during this time, coins with heathen designs, such as human faces or figures were forbidden. This explains the fact that the coins usually depict plant or palm tree designs.



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