"Widow’s Mite"  Bronze Lepton 103-76 BC Coin Ring
"Widow’s Mite"  Bronze Lepton 103-76 BC Coin Ring
"Widow’s Mite"  Bronze Lepton 103-76 BC Coin Ring

"Widow’s Mite" Bronze Lepton 103-76 BC Coin Ring

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Judean bronze Lepton coin minted under Alexander Jannaeus 103-76 BC.

Obverse: Anchor

Reverse: Wheel with eight ray-like spokes

Custom set into a sterling silver ring, size 6.5 measuring approximately 3/4 of an inch from the top to the bottom of the bezel, 3/4 of an inch across.

This type of coin is called a widow's mite because of a New Testament story about a poor widow who gave money to the treasury of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Her gift of tribute was deemed to be greater than the rich men who gave gold or silver, because the two "mites" were all that she owned. Judah Maccabee gained control of Judea over King Antiochos IV of the Seleukid Kingdom in the late second century BC. Subsequently, the Hasmonaean dynasty was formed. Alexander Jannaeus was the first King of this dynasty to mint coinage.