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Herod Agrippa Ancient Coin I

Bronze Jewish Coin Herod Agrippa 41 AD – 42 AD   Material: Bronze Denomination: Prutah Ruler: Herod Agrippa I Date: 41/42 AD (Year 6) Mint: Jerusalem Small bronze coin was minted in the sixth regnal year of Herod Agrippa I, and was minted only in Jerusalem. This coin includes the name “Agrippa” in Greek as well […]

Bronze Jewish Ancient Hasmonean Coin

Bronze Hasmonean Coins After the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucids, the Hasmonean dynasty gained enough independence to mint their own coins. In 138 B.C., Antiochus VII issued a decree allowing the Jews to mint their own coins, an event that is recorded in 1 Maccabees 15. Although the Hasmoneans continued to use silver Seleucid coins […]

The Widow’s Mite

Jesus Time Bronze Jewish Coin The Widow's Mite in Gold

The Widow’s Mite What we call the “Widow’s Mite” is actually a bronze prutah (small denomination) from the Hasmonean period, minted under Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 B.C.). This is an interesting coin which on one side has a design of star with paleo-Hebrew characters in between the rays which spell out the Hebrew name of Alexander […]

A Look at Roman Glass Tear Bottles from the First Century

Roman Glass

Take this Cup from Me: A Look at Roman Glass Tear Bottles from the First Century When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives, he prayed to God, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) Before the […]