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MCM Adds Ancient Coins: What Makes the Widow’s Mite So Special?

MCM Adds Ancient Coins: What Makes the Widow’s Mite So Special?
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Author Name: Kelsey Kay Howard
Posted: 05-27-2015

ModernCoinMart has added ancient coins to their inventory, and they are starting out their collection with a coin that is over 2,000 years old -- the Widow's Mite.

ModernCoinmart is excited to have added Ancient Coins to our inventory. While small at the moment, we intend to grow this section over time.

We wanted to bring your attention to one ancient coin in particular, which is over 2,000 years old. The Widow’s Mite is a great option for the collector who wants to own an old coin at a reasonable price. MCM offers this coin in several different buying options. Not only can you get this old coin in a raw version, but we also offer NGC graded options of Extra Fine, Very Fine or Choice Very Fine -- all of which are listed at the bottom of this article.

The Widow’s Mite was minted in Jerusalem and used from the time it was minted until the end of the first century as the main “penny” during the life of Jesus and the Apostles. This is one of the most fascinating of the New Testament coins. It was also one of the smallest of the bronze coins of the Jews.

Frequently mentioned throughout the New Testament, it is most recognized in Mark 12:41-44:

"And He sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they are casting into the treasury: for they did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

Widow’s Mite coins are prominently displayed in some of the world’s most important museums in their permanent collections. Each coin was hand struck by artisans and the vast majority of them are in very poor condition. The group of coins we offer, however, are all collector quality coins that have religious, historical, and numismatic value.

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About The Author

Kelsey Kay Howard Kelsey graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a B.A. in mass communications. She is new to the world of numismatics, but as the Marketing Specialist for MCM is dedicated to learning all there is to know.

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