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The mites we use for our Widow's Mite lockets are from the Jerusalem Hoard - a collection of coins unearthed in Jerusalem decades ago. While they were minted between 80 BC and 50 BC in Jerusalem, they circulated daily, for hundreds of years, in Judea. While their designs may have worn with time, they are a testament to the birth of Christianity, and Christ's teachings about the importance of the state of the heart. We have purposely minimally conserved these coins... they still have the dirt of the Holy Land on them, and are protected in our top-quality stainless steel locket with double-sided tempered safety glass.
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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