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These coins are not replicas, but actual bronze coins, certified genuine, minted in the Holy Land over 2,000 years ago, during the reign of King Alexander Jannaeus in the century preceding the birth of Jesus.
Twice in the Bible Jesus is quoted telling the story of the poor widow who gave all she had which was just two mites. These coins are identical to the coins she would have given, known to collectors for hundreds of years as "Widow's Mites."
Mark 12:41 and Luke 21:1 each tell the story of Jesus sitting over the treasury observing the people casting in their offerings. He was not impressed by the large gifts given out of the abundance by the wealthy and comfortable, but only by the gift given out of poverty by the poor widow. Instead of asking for money--she gave all she had to live on.
Although these coins are common to view in museums, it is a rare opportunity to hold an object of this age and importance in your hands. These coins circulated for very long periods of time and therefore became worn and smooth. Due to a discovery of an ancient hoard a limited number of coins of this superb level of preservation are available.
The two dominant symbols that are found on the coin are an anchor and a star with 8 rays. Occasionally Greek lettering is seen on these coins around the anchor illustrating the prevalence of Greek cultural influence that was evident during Jannaeus' reign.
Judean coins were made by striking long, thin strips of blank metal between two dies. The first coin on the strip was then placed between the two striking dies and hit with a hammer. The strip was then quickly pulled until the next coin was in place and the process was repeated. When the strip was completed the coins were cut apart. This crude method of manufacture resulted in coins that were most often struck off center.