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“And a poor widow came and put in two mites” (Mark 12:42)

Most of the coins in circulation in Jerusalem in Jesus’ day were small change, issued by the Hasmonean dynasties, by the Herodians and by the Roman governors of Judea under Augustus and Tiberius.

These coins are called lepta or prutot.

In addition, there were a smaller number of Seleucid, Ptolemaic, and Nabatean coins.

Any small bronze coin in circulation in the time of Christ can be considered a legitimate candidate for the mites mentioned in Mark chapter twelve.

Front decoration: star;  Back: Anchor;

Diameter: approx. 14 mm x 10 mm

Date: approx. 103-76 BC minted by Alexander Yannay

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