The Biblical widow mites
lepton was the smallest denomination minted in Judea, and has the
lowest value of any coin ever minted in human history. One
coin was worth ½ of the value of a prutah, a Judean coin
which in turn
was worth ½ of the lowest Roman denomination of that time
though the two coins were worth different amounts, because they use the
same design both the lepton and prutah are considered widow’s
Leptons and prutahs were virtually worthless individually.
they were so small and worth so little, many coins would be needed to
buy any one item. Groups of the coins were weighed together
was determined by total weight.
mite has an anchor on the obverse and an eight rayed star (also called
a sun-wheel) on the reverse of the coin.
The anchor is properly viewed upside down, as if it were
hanging on the side of a ship.
is the coin referred to by Jesus Christ in the bible, Luke 21:1-4 "and
Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast
money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And He
called unto him His disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto
you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have
cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance;
but she of her want did cast in all that she had". These coins were
minted in the Holy Land in 103-76 BCE.
Jannaeus Premium Widow Mites $7 each #008
103-76 bc.over 2000
yrs old.8-12mm.20coin limit.luke