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Redefining the Biblical Widow's Mite (NGC Ancients)

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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.” (Luke 21:1-4)


In these memorable passages the coins are described only as small and copper, with no further details as to their identification. This is hardly surprising since the numismatic content of these quotations is purely incidental.




The anchor/star prutah of Alexander Jannaeus has traditionally been 

considered to be the Biblical Widow’s Mite.

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Here is a very nice review by NGC Ancients on the famous widow's mite from the Bible:





guy also known as gaius

Edited by guy
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