Widow’s Mites The Alexander Jannaeus (Hendon numbers 1150, 1151, 1152, & 1153) are the favorites to be called the Widow’s Mites. My belief is that since the anchor and the star are considered Christian symbols—folks like to assume that coins featuring such symbols are the type from the Scriptures. Those who struck the coins were not Christians however and these coins would have been a century+ old during the time of Jesus’ Life on earth. Even so, the Jannaeus lepton and prutah are sold as Widow's Mites. I think that the coins minted during the reign of Valerius Gratus under Tiberius are better candidates. That's okay—I'm willing to continue to call the Jannaeus coins Widow's Mites and use them as examples of the coin when relating the the story in Bible class. I'll also continue to gift them to folks under my care in my family and hospital ministries and my addiction recovery ministry. The Jannaeus coins work fine to raise the spirits of those struggling with life’s burdens.