Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Widow's Mite Pendant

In the English New Testament in both Mark and Luke there are stories told about the Widow giving her ‘mites’.
Although there is much controversy as to which actual coins these referred to it is more than likely that the coins were those of the Jewish King Alexander Jannaeus in 103-76 BC.
One of these coins is the Prutah, a particularly ugly coin as demonstrated in my coin R105/6087/04/16.
In Victorian times it was fashionable to make pendants of these coins and an example is shown here under the number R244/S6089/6/12

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