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Byzantine Bronze Christ Portrait Coins - 800-1200 AD - $55.00 each

Christ Portrait Byzantine coins

These Byzantine era coins (known as folles) were some of the first bronze coins issued to depict Christ. The obverse features Christ holding a book of the Gospels.

The reverse features four lines:
IhSUS, XRISTUS, bASILEU, bASILE, meaning Jesus Christ, King of Kings

Widow's Mite (Pruta) - 103-76 BC - $99.95 each

Widow's Mite - Pruta coin

The Pruta or "Widow’s Mite" was the smallest of the bronze coins in Jewish currency. These coins are referred to in the New Testament in Mark 12:41-44, “And He sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they are casting into the treasury: for they did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living”.

The coins were issued during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus (Jannai/Yannai)the second Hasmonean king of Judaea from 103 to 76 BC. A son of John Hyrcanus, he inherited the throne from his brother Aristobulus I, and married his brother's widow, Queen Salome Alexandra. From his conquests to expand the kingdom to a bloody civil war, Alexander's reign has been generalized as cruel and oppressive with never ending conflict.

Hellenism at the time had enormous influence over the Holy Land, and the High Priest, Alexander Yannai, took a Greek name and called himself king instead of High Priest. The obverse of the widow’s mite has an anchor (symbolizing his fleet of ships) and an inscription in Greek, “Of Alexander the King”. The reverse has an eight-rayed star. Since Biblical law forbade the making of graven images (Deuteronomy 4:16,23), it is likely that Alexander chose a star, in keeping with Numbers 24:17, "A star rises from Jacob, a scepter comes forth from Israel". This verse generally was generally considered a biblical support for the Davidic monarchy.  Jannaeus, however, could have seen it as an image of his achievements and his rule.

These are some of the nicest "Widow's Mites" we've seen and each would be an excellent addition to your ancient coin collection!

Various Ancient Silver Coins - Price as marked

    Eukratides I Baktrian Tetradrachm
     
Aemilius Scaurus Denarius   Hadrian Denarius
     
Alexander III Tetradrachm    Lucius Verus Denarius 
     
 

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