Often referred to as "Widow's Mite", these ancient bronze coins were minted during the reign of King Alexander Janneus, nephew of Simon and Judah Maccabee, over 2000 years ago.
Janneus was a young and ambitious leader who became ruler of the Jews in 103 B.C.. These bronze Prutahs (coins) were mentioned in the book of Luke in the New Testament and stand as symbols of generosity in Christianity.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where offerings were made and watched as people put their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts, but a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins worth only a fraction of a penny. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (King James Version, Luke 21:3-4)
This famous story shows how a genuine act of giving can be a powerful gesture of love. It is also the reason why Widow's Mite coins are historical treasures known worldwide today. The Ancient Coin Jewelry Collection features the authentic Widow's Mite coins paired with beautiful sterling silver jewelry designs to offer peices with historical meaning and value.
These coins are part of a treasure which was discovered at the Sea of Galilee after many years of drought. Since these coins are authentic historical coins, there are limited amounts. In this collection there are the Roman coins, Urbs Roma coins, Porcius Festus coins, Widow's Mite and Constantine I coins.
Take home a peice of history that symbolizes not only Christianity, but also the ancient societies that helped pave the way for modern Western culture. The skillfully crafted items from the Ancient Coin Jewelry Collection are quite literally gifts of biblical proportions.