A.J.'s Blog

29 Mar 2019

The Widow And Her Two Mites- A Lesson in Christianity

Ancient Coins | A.J.

coins in the holy land were interesting, and are great coins to collect. i have one, (but for showings, i'm showing a widows mite from online.) it was made from bronze, and was minted over 2000 years ago. it was made during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus. it has a reference from the book of Mark, stating:
"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, witch make a farthing. And he called unto him, his disciples, and saith unto them, "Verily I say unto you, This poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury"; For all they did cast in of their abundance, but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."- Mark, 12:41
If you want this coin, you can get a mint on for about $50. Its a Great way to start an ancient collection, especially because of the cheap pricing.



Level 6

Great blog! I would like to add one of these to my collection someday.


Level 5

I have a slabbed widows mite in my collection. Mine has an inscription on the reverse that to date I have not been able to decipher. I have a copy of a research paper on these with lots of examples of inscriptions. Unfortunately, none of them match. I'll probably do a post on mine at some point in the future. Here is the link to the Internet achieve of the paper of which I am referring https://archive.org/details/augur3132bibl


Level 4

Great blog. Like others have said, I would love to own one someday.


Level 4

I will need to add one of those Widow Mites to my collection, slabbed.


Level 6

Thanks for the timely blog.


Level 6

Thanks for this. Wonderful coin. Mother had one & wore it on a chain. I found it for her at FUN. She often wore it to church.

The best book for the field is David Hendin's Guide to Biblical Coins. The latest edition is fairly pricy ($85.00), but some of the older editions, which still have immense amounts of info for the beginner are quite a bit less.


Level 4

Great post!! This afternoon I attended the National Money Show in Pittsburgh. I bought a book called 100 Greatest Ancient Coins by Harlan Berk. Harlan Berk was at the show and sold me some nice Roman Coins. He also gave me some great advice. I almost bought a Widow’s Mite, but decided not to, now I wish I did buy it.


Level 4

Being an active pastor of a 200 member congregation in Southwest Texas, I really love this blog. Thank you so much! And God's blessings! Pastor Greg Knippa Zion Lutheran Church, LCMC Castroville, Texas. BTW, According to Scripture passages, The disciples were to take nothing with them and go totally on the people they encountered to put them up and feed them. A common treasury was maintained, (first by Judas) to help them along but mainly to help the poor. That's what I can glean from Scripture. P.S. Check out our website!


Level 6

I agree with Pat and Mokiechan. A great coin steeped in history.. Thanks for the reminder..

It's Mokie

Level 6

Indeed, one of the most famous coins that have ever been minted. Some people in another country may not know the washington quarter but they all know the Widow's Mite. Thanks for bringing this beautiful coin to the forefront again. It truly is steeped in history.

Good blog A.J. I agree with Pat, wondering about if the apostles held them is intriguing and fun. They have a nice design and were well made being as they are so old.


Level 7

I own many. I got them from coins from the Bible . There mentioned in two Gospels.. Mine are slabed. I wanted them that way. I gave one to my Priest. One I went to the Seminary with.I enjoy them. You ever wonder if the apostles used them for bread and wine and fish.? I do. Thanks good blog I enjoyed it. Pat


Level 4

maybe they did.

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