“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” Mark 12: 41-44
Since Jesus made a point of how poor this widow was, and what a pittance she threw into the treasury, there is little doubt that the “Widow’s Mites” were the smallest coins in circulation in Jerusalem at the time. Even though the tiny bronze coins of Alexander Jannaeus were minted long before this episode, archeological evidence tells us that they were in use well after Jesus died.
This paperweight is made of natural stone quarried in the Holy Land
Measures approximately 10 x 10 cm.