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Home > Catalog > |Judean & Biblical Coins| > |Hasmonean Dynasty| > |Alexander Jannaeus| > JD79710
Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C., Widow's Mite
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.
JD79710. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1153, VF, very unusual extremely crude variety, desert patina with highlighting buff earthen fill, Jerusalem or unofficial mint, weight 1.581g, maximum diameter 13.5mm, die axis 0o, c. 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse blundered star, crude imitation of an Aramaic legend around; reverse upside-down anchor within linear circle, crude imitation of a Greek legend around; SOLD










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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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