In the Gospels, Luke and Mark, we hear the parable of the Widow’s Mite – a tale of charity and humility told by Jesus in the last days of his life. Jesus is preaching in the Temple. He watches rich men put pieces of silver in the treasury, generous offerings to the temple. He then watches a widow deposit two “mites” into the till. He observes that “this poor widow has put more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:41-44).
Mite is the 1611 King James translation for the Greek lepton. The “widow’s mites” mentioned in the scriptures are thought to have been either leptons or perhaps similar, slightly larger variations called prutahs. These tiny bronze coins were the smallest and lowest denominations that circulated throughout the Holy Land during the lifetime of Jesus Christ.
On the front of these coin is an anchor surrounded by a Greek inscription. On the reverse a star of eight pellets (rays), surrounded by diadem pellets (a border of dots), and no inscription.
This coin has been placed in a two-toned setting of silver and 14 karat gold.
Weight: 3.8 grams
Certificate of Authenticity included.