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Widows Mite Bronze Prutah: Own NGC-certified coins from the Bible!

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Prutah

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“Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.'”

This Biblical story of the widow and her mites spoken of in Mark 12:41-44 is approximately 2,000 years old, and the coins associated with it are even older! Known commonly as bronze “Prutot,” these were the smallest and most common denomination used during Jesus’ lifetime. Due to heavy usage, these coins have been handled by countless peoples all across Ancient Judaea. They could have even been handled by the first Christians, the Apostles, or Jesus himself!

Judaea Bronze Prutah of Maccabean Kings (135-37 BC) – Widow’s Mite – Cornucopias & Inscriptions NGC XF (Story Vault)

One of the most fascinating coins mentioned in the New Testament, the Widow’s Mite Prutot are among the most sought-after ancient treasures today. Not only do collectors covet them, but the world’s most important museums display them in their permanent collections. Their significance cannot be underestimated. Despite their popularity, however, the vast majority of Widow’s Mite Prutot are in very poor condition, with very little detail still visible on their surface.

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to present a fine group of these Prutot, graded by the Ancient Coin Division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as high as Fine, Very Fine, and even Extremely Fine! Each slabbed coin has also been put into a special display box that includes the story of the Widow’s Mites. You can own these museum-quality Widow’s Mite Prutot, and you can purchase them at amazing prices!

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Widows Mite Coin – Historical and Religious Treasure

The Widows Mite is one of the precious ancient coins now available for sale at ModernCoinMart (MCM). This bronze coin which is also known in Greek as the Lepta or Lepton was struck by the Judeans over two centuries ago in Jerusalem. It has a rich history including its use in the Biblical illustration of the true value of a gift or offering to God. Many of the copies of this coin are in a very poor state in some museums. But the Widows Mite coins sold at MCM are still in very good condition. So in order to build a unique collection of museum quality ancient coins that date back to 135 B.C., you should add one of these precious fast-selling coins to your collection today.

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Coin Description

Historians have said that various types of widows mite ancient coins were struck and circulated. But the extra fine design, which is currently being sold at a discount by MCM, is called the cornucopia type. The obverse design of this bronze pruta coin has the Judean double horns of plenty with a pomegranate in the center. The horns and pomegranates where both symbols of the temple in Jerusalem. On the reverse side, an ancient Hebrew script is written.

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Prutah Ancient Coin NGC CH VF Obverse

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Prutah Ancient Coin NGC CH VF – Obverse

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Prutah Ancient Coin NGC CH VF Reverse

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Prutah Ancient Coin NGC CH VF – Reverse

History of the Pruta Coins

The pruta coins date back to the Maccabean dynasty. Maccabeans ruled in Jerusalem from 167 B.C. till 37 B.C. when the last Maccabean ruler Mattathias Antigonus was murdered. During this period, the Judeans achieved a high level of political independence through the military exploits of Judah Maccabee. According to the fifteenth chapter of the book of Maccabees, Antiochus VII sent a letter to Simeon Maccabee, giving him the authority to mint coins for his country. Hence, the small bronze pruta coins were struck in the city of Jerusalem from the time of the Maccabees till the reign of King Herod in 37 B.C. After the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70, the pruta coins were no longer used for financial transactions.

Pruta coins are known in Greek as lepton or lepta which means small. They were the least valuable coins in circulation in the whole of Judea. A pruta was actually worth just about six minutes of a daily wage. Because these coins are actually of Judean origin, they were paired up to make up one kodrantes – the smallest Roman coin. That is why in the Biblical passages in Mark 12: 41 – 44 and Luke 21: 1 – 4, where a widow offered two small coins, it is stated in the King James Version that two mites make a farthing.

135-40 BC Widows Mite Bronze Janeus Lepton Ancient Coin

135-40 BC Widows Mite Bronze Janeus Lepton Ancient Coin

The Story Behind the Word “Mite”

The word mite is used in the King James version of the Christian Bible but there was no coin called a mite during the days of Jesus and his apostles. Mijt (pronounced mite) is actually the name of a copper coin that was in circulation during the time of the translation of the King James Bible. A mijt was the smallest copper coin in existence in England and it was equivalent to 1/32 stuiver. By 1611, the minting of the mijt was stopped but this coin can still be found in coin museums and in the collections of active ancient coin collectors.

How the Pruta Coins Were Struck in Jerusalem

If you are an active coin collector, you will be used to the well-rounded, perfect circles, in modern coins which are struck with large automated equipment. But pruta coins were struck manually by smiths who used a simple and reliable coin production process. Here are the typical steps involved in minting ancient coins:

  • Two metal dies are cast – one for the observe and another for the reverse side of the coin. This is done once for a large number of coins. The dies will be reproduced when they start getting worn out.
  • Molds for the coins are produced to make blank coins. In Jerusalem, a special mold was created with a canal that joined each coin mold to the next one. This enabled the molten metal to flow from one coin mold to the next so that the coins could be cast in one piece.
  • Molten bronze is poured into the mold to make the blank coins.
  • Once the blanks have solidified, they are taken out of the mold while they are still warm. Then each coin is cut off from the rest of the mold. If you look closely at the photo of this coin, you will see the place where it was cut off from the other coins.
  • To create the obverse and reverse designs, the top die is placed on the warm blank coin and the bottom die is placed below it. The three are struck with a hammer to produce the final coin.

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Pruta Ancient Coin NGC VF Obverse

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Pruta Ancient Coin NGC VF – Obverse

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Pruta Ancient Coin NGC VF Reverse135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Pruta Ancient Coin NGC VF – Reverse

Benefits of Owning a Widow’s Mite Coin

  • Teach the Lessons of the Widows Mite – Owning one of this coins helps you to teach your children and grandchildren the lessons of the widows mite. It is more important to give sacrificially regardless of how much you have presently than to wait till you have abundance and plenty to spare. According to Jesus, the worth of what you give is determined by how much you have left rather than the absolute or numeric value of your gift.
  • Appreciate How Ancient Coins Were Struck – When you see these ancient coins, it helps you to appreciate the advancement in numismatic production technology. But it also enables you to see that the basic principles behind coin production have been in place for over 2000 years. You can take one of these widows mite coins along on your next trip to a coin museum. Then you will have a more interesting and rewarding discussion about ancient coins.

special display box with history of the coin

Special display box with history of the coin 

Conclusion

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is now offering carefully preserved NGC certified and encapsulated Widows Mite pruta coins for sale at very competitive prices, especially considering that prices include free domestic shipping. Each order of NGC certified and encapsulated Widows Mite pruta coins also comes with a free copy of the coffee table book, Money of the Bible, by noted Numismatic author Kenneth Bresset (limited to one per customer) as well as a special display box that includes the history of the coin.

Take advantage of this exclusive MCM offer and be a proud owner of one of the most precious ancient coins. Be sure to get more information here.

Money of the Bible

Money of the Bible