FOUR MASADA PRUTOT AND THREE WIDOWS MITES IN SILVER BRACELET

FOUR MASADA PRUTOT AND THREE WIDOWS MITES IN SILVER BRACELET


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1290632

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This bracelet includes seven coins significant to the history of the Holy Land. It includes four prutot of the First Jewish Revolt which took place from 66-70 CE as well as three coins of Alexander Jannaeus, better known as Widow's Mites for their mention in Mark 12: 41-44.

First Jewish Revolt (66-70 CE)

Year Two (67-68 CE)

Obverse: Two-handled amphora with broad rim. Hebrew inscription “Year Two.”

Reverse: Vine leaf on branch. Hebrew inscription “The Freedom of Zion”.

Bibliography: Hendin, 661

Year Three (69-70 CE)

Obverse: Two-handled amphora with lid. Hebrew inscription “Year Three.”

Reverse: Vine leaf on branch. Hebrew inscription “The Freedom of Zion”.

Bibliography: Hendin, 664.

Masada was Herod’s royal citadel and later the last outpost of Zealots during the Jewish Revolt. The citadel was a site of the most dramatic and symbolic act in Jewish history, where rebels chose mass suicide rather than submit to Roman capture. Great Revolt, or Jewish War (66-73 CE) - the massive revolt of Jews against the Roman tyranny, Emperor Vespasian suppressed the revolt in Galilee, and his son Titus captured Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple in 70 CE. These coins are called Masada coins because it was there that a large hoard of this type of coins was found during archaeological excavation.

A Prutah is a Hebrew word which appears in the Mishna and Talmud (between the 1st century BCE and 5th century CE). A loaf of bread was worth about 10 prutot (plural). One Prutah was made up of two lepta, which was the smallest denomination minted under the Jewish kings. The Lepton (singular) is called in the King James version of the Bible - Mite. The Prutah was the most commonly minted coin of the Jewish Kings and Roman Jewish Coinage.

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Widow's Mite:

Reign of 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)

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Bracelet length: 19.5 cm (7.68 inches)

Weight: 27.5 g

Coin diameter: 16 mm

Coins in very good to very fine condition.

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