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Widow's Mite


Widow’s Mite Lepton, Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus, 103 -76 B.C. Bronze lepton, Hendin 471 or 472, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C. Obverse- BASILEWS ALEXANDROU (of King Alexander), around anchor. Reverse- Eight ray star surrounded by diadem (or wheel), Hebrew inscription “Yehonatan the king” between rays. Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, 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.”

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