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Widow's Mites of Mark 12-41

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:43-44)

These coins are bronze lepta and prutot of Alexander Jannaeus, the Hasmonean King of Judaea from 103 to 76 B.C. Although these coins were minted long before Christ's lifetime, they were still in circulation during the first century A.D. Because the lepton and prutah were the lowest denomination coins that circulated in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime, they are believed to be the coins referred to in the Biblical story of the poor widow. The lepton is the very smallest denomination and is probably the true "widow's mite." In fact, the lepton is probably the lowest denomination coin ever struck by any nation in all of history! Lepton and prutah were carelessly and crudely struck, usually off center and on small flans. Because they circulated for a long period, they are usually very worn. Legends are almost always unreadable. The actual size of a prutah is less than 1/2 inch in diameter. A lepton is usually about the same diameter as a pencil eraser. For more information see Widows Mite on NumisWiki.


Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD05745. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K5, EF, beautifully highlighted by natural sandy "desert" patina earthen fill, weight 3.120 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 225o, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD40348. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K7, Choice gVF, weight 1.968 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD40343. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K7, Choice VF, weight 2.418 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD40344. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K9, Choice VF, weight 1.434 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander Year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; nice green patina with red earthen highlighting; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C., Irregular Variety
Click for a larger photo This type may have been struck at by a mobile military mint or is perhaps an ancient counterfeit.
JD55120. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150b (crude, irregular variety), VF, weight 1.801 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, mobile military(?) or counterfeiter's(?) mint, c. 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays, no visible inscription; reverse blundered Greek legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
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JD37121. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152, VF, reverse off center, weight 1.163 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor within linear circle; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41) The lepton was the smallest coin in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime. Biblical scholars believe this type is the Widow's Mite.
JD37106. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1153, gVF, weight 0.602 g, maximum diameter 10.9 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of six rays, within circle of dots, barbaric blundered imitation of Aramaic legend around; reverse upside-down anchor within linear circle, blundered barbaric imitation of Greek legend around; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41) The lepton was the smallest coin in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime. Biblical scholars believe this type is the Widow's Mite.
JD54945. Bronze prutah, Meshorer TJC L3, Hendin 1152, VF, off center, weight 1.398 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor within linear circle, L KE (year 25) near anchor points; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41) The lepton was the smallest coin in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime. Biblical scholars believe this type is the Widow's Mite.
JD55335. Bronze lepton, Meshorer TJC L3, Hendin 1152, VF, weight 0.791 g, maximum diameter 12.7 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor within linear circle, L KE (year 25) near anchor points; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
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JD02429. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152a, VF, weight 1.28 g, maximum diameter 13.8 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander Year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, upside-down anchor within linear circle, no Greek date; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The inscription was apparently a short-lived attempt at propaganda to refute the Pharisees claims that the Hasmoneans were priests and therefore not from David's line and thus usurpers of the crown.
JD10461. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1151, Meshorer TJC J11, VF, weight 1.16 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Priest the king" and Π-like monogram between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; legend and anchor neatly engraved; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
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JD15621. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152, VF, weight 1.259 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor within linear circle, Greek date: L KE (year 25) near anchor points; nice green patina and a nice coin for this crude type; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:43-44) The lepton was the smallest coin in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime. Biblical scholars believe this type is the Widow's Mite.
JD15625. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1153, VF, weight 1.672 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse blundered and incomplete illegible Aramaic legend, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse blundered and incomplete illegible Greek legend, upside-down anchor within a linear circle, no Greek date; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The inscription was apparently a short-lived attempt at propaganda to refute the Pharisees claims that the Hasmoneans were priests and therefore not from David's line and thus usurpers of the crown.
JD15630. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1151, Meshorer TJC J11, VF, weight 1.739 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Priest the king" and Π-like monogram between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; legend and anchor neatly engraved; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized annexation of these areas.
JD55365. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1151, F, obverse off center, weight 1.041 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Priest the king" and Π-like monogram between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; legend and anchor neatly engraved; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD71274. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K, aVF, tight flan, reverse off center, weight 1.649 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
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JD37164. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1153, VF, weight 0.628 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse crude star within circle of dots; reverse upside-down anchor within linear circle; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD43152. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150c, aVF, weight 1.529 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, no Paleo-Hebrew inscription; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor, border of dots ouside of legend; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41) The lepton was the smallest coin in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime. Biblical scholars believe this type is the Widow's Mite.
JD90116. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152a, Meshorer TJC L3, VF, reverse off center, weight 1.383 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor within linear circle; SOLD

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD71270. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K, VF, encrustations, weight 2.590 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; SOLD



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SYMBOLS ON HASMONEAN DYNASTY COINS

Anchor: The anchor was adopted from the Seleucids, who used it to symbolize their naval strength. Anchors are often depicted upside down, as they would be seen hung on the side of a boat ready for use. Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas.

Star: The star symbolized heaven.

Diadem: The diadem symbolized royalty


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