Judaea: bronze leptons of Alexander Jannaeus, ca. 103-76 BC (the biblical "Widow's mite")

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  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    I'm sure there have been plenty of Widow's Mite threads and posts here, but here is another, since I needed to upload some pictures of a couple of pieces I bought for my giveaway and/or swapstock inventory.

    As most of you on this forum will know, these small and often crudely-struck coins were bronze leptons struck by Alexander Jannaeus, Hasmonean king of Judaea, circa 103-76 BC. They circulated in the Holy Land during the time of Christ, and it is believed this general coin type was the subject of the biblical parable of The Widow's Offering (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4).
    Le Denier de la Veuve ("The Widow's Mite"), by Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902). Brooklyn Museum, European Art collection.*
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Judaea: bronze lepton of Alexander Jannaeus, ca. 103-76 BC (the biblical "Widow's mite")
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    Obverse: Anchor (upside-down in these photos), inscription.
    Reverse: wheel with spokes or 8-pointed star.

    Hendin 4th ed. 472. 15x13 mm. Ex- Augustus Coins (@Valentinian on CoinTalk), 20 May 2020.

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  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Judaea: bronze lepton of Alexander Jannaeus, ca. 103-76 BC (the biblical "Widow's mite")
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    Obverse: Anchor, inscription.
    Reverse: wheel with spokes or 8-pointed star.

    This example shows evidence of the way the blank flans were cast in strips, then cut before being struck into coins.

    Hendin 4th ed. 472. 14x10 mm. Ex- Augustus Coins (@Valentinian on CoinTalk), 20 May 2020.

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    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    ALEXANDER JANNEAEUS

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    Judaea Alexander Janneaeus 103-76 BCE AE Prutah Wheel Widows Mite
     
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