Widows’ Mite – Ancient Coinage of Judaea-Coponius Bronze Prutah 6 A.D.
This coin circulated while Judaea was ruled by procurators or prefects appointed by Augustus. The obverse features an ear of barley curved to right with the Greek inscription KAIPOC (Caesar). The reverse features a palm tree bearing two bunches of dates.
The most famous Bibilical reference to this coin is the story of the widow’s mite:
Jesus 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.” (Mark 12:41
Diameter: 15 mm