The tiny bronze Widow’s Mite coins were not Roman, but true Judean coins that were minted during the short period of Jewish history between the Old and New Testaments, when Israel was a self-governing nation. Called a Prutah, they were minted under the King and High Priest Alexander Jannaeus, the first of these coins were minted about 78 BC, and perhaps a few decades after, however they were in circulation at the time of Christ, and are remembered for the key part they played in Jesus’ teaching related to tithing and giving.
It was this tiny coin that was actively traded in the markets that Jesus and the disciples passed, and would have been used by the common folk who flocked to listen to the parables of Jesus.
These coins were of so little value, that striking them was done hastily, and, most of the time, much of the design didn't make it on the small coins. On one side is the eight-rayed star, signifying heaven, and on the other, an anchor - a power symbol of the day.
A symbol of faith, hope and selflessness, the humble Widow's Mite has become one of the most loved and valued coins of all time.
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