THREE CRUSADER COINS AND FOUR WIDOWS MITES SET IN A 18K GOLD BRACELET
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THREE SILVER DENIERS OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF ACHAEA (CRUSADER STATE)
Minted under Isabelle of Villehardouin (1297-1301 CE)
Obverse: Jerusalem Cross (also known as the Crusader Cross) within circular border. Legend ySabella · P · Ach' within trefoils.
Reverse: Castle Tournis (also known as the castle of Tours) surrounded by legend + * DE CLARENCIA *
Bibliography: Metcalf, 967; CCS, 16
Founded in 1205 CE by William of Champlitte and Geoffrey I of Villehard as a vassal state following the fall of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, this principality would come to be the primary ruling force in Greece due in part to the agricultural exports of the region and the principalities thriving trade. In 1432 CE the principality was again reabsorbed into Byzantium who where then overthrown by the Turks less than 25 years later.
FOUR BRONZE WIDOWS MITS OF ALEXANDER JANNEAUS
Judaea under Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 BCE)
Obverse: BASILEWS ALESANDROU around anchor.
Reverse: Eight rayed star surrounded by diadem.
Bibliography: Hendin, 469
Minted during the reign of King Alexander Jannaeus these coins were used by the majority of the citizenry to buy their day to day items. The son of John Hyrancus, Alexander Jannaeus ascended the throne in 103 BC and ruled, as well as expanded, the Jewish Hasmonean kingdom. However, these coins are best known for their association with the Widow's Mite parable in Mark and Luke from which the name is derived: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him: 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 12:41-44)
Length: 20.5 cm (8.07 inches); Weight : 42 g
Denier Diameter: 2 cm (.79 inches); Widows Mite Diameter: 1.5 cm (.59 inches)
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