Crosshatch Style Biblical Widow's Mite Sterling Silver Necklace | Artifact #5235

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“And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:”  Mark 12:43

This precious Widow's Mite has survived over 2,000 years to speak to us today...

Please Note: This is an authentic Biblical Widow's Mite from the Holy Land, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

Neither rich nor influential, we don’t even know the name of the Widow who appears in Jesus’ powerful teaching on giving and the state of one's heart.  Although we will never know her name, her story echoes through time. For she gave everything she had - two of the humble bronze coins we now call "Mites" - a term coined centuries later to designate a coin of little value.


This pendant is part of our Crosshatch Sterling Silver Wire collection. The rustic, patterned style of the bezel (the frame around the mite) is specially designed to complement the unique, hand-hammered quality of this ancient coin.

Please Note: Due to the subtle play of light and dark across the Crosshatch bezel, it is difficult to capture the true beauty of the wire - bright light or very dark areas on the bezel appear in the photograph, but not in the actual piece - the Cross Hatch pattern displays evenly in hand and when worn.

Your Widow's Mite Necklace

  • Coin Date and Location of Minting: Circa 78 - 55 BC, Jerusalem Mint
  • Coin Metal: Ancient Bronze 
  • Obverse (front): And 8-rayed star signifying heaven, with a diadem (the circle around the star) signifying royalty
  • Reverse (back): A Selucid anchor, a power symbol of the day, and the king's name abbreviated in ancient Hebrew or Greek: Alexander Jannaeus
  • Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver 
  • Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
  • Articulating bail, will accommodate a chain or leather necklace up to 5.5 mm 
  • Size: 5/8" Across, 1" Tall - the diameter of a U.S. Dime

Robert's Notes: Beautiful piece with nice, visible details. A great value considering it's over 2,000 years old, with our custom made sterling silver bezel.

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.

Your Widow's Mite Necklace Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Customized Multi-Page Photo Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  3. A Gift Pouch
  4. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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