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Roman Nail and Widows Mite in Display Case
Roman Nail and Widows Mite in Display Case


 
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Roman Nail and Widows Mite in Display Case

  • These nails were created and used by the Roman Empire within 100 years of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  • They were discovered in 1960 and were part of a Roman fortress in Northern Scotland. After the Romans stripped the fortress in 87 AD, they buried the nails so that their enemies could not find them and use them to make swords.
  • The Pruta or "Widow’s Mite" was the smallest of the bronze coins in Jewish currency.
  • These coins are referred to in the New Testament 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”.
  • The coins were issued during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus (Jannai/Yannai) the second Hasmonean king of Judaea from 103 to 76 BC. A son of John Hyrcanus, he inherited the throne from his brother Aristobulus I, and married his brother's widow, Queen Salome Alexandra. From his conquests to expand the kingdom to a bloody civil war, Alexander's reign has been generalized as cruel and oppressive with never ending conflict.
  • The set comes with a certificate of authenticity and in an attractive display case and will be a beautiful addition to your historical collection!
  • The coin and nail you receive may be unique and may differ from the stock photo.
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