Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs

Mark 12:42, 44

New Testament has reference to Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs coins. These coins had a more common name due to a very well known biblical story.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

In the Bible, Marks 12:42, 44, there is a reference to Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs commonly called “Widow’s Mites.” In fact, the Bible refers to a poor woman donating all the money she had, which was two Mites. In other words, she was a widow that gave all the money she had to Jesus.

These Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs still had yet another name. In addition, Widows Mite’s were also known as a “Lepton.” These bronze coins were the smallest denomination of currency used.

At the time of Mark’s writing, one mite was worth 1/64th of a silver denarius. A denarius was a day’s wage for a common worker. In today’s terms, it would be worth about 1/8th of a cent.

Bronze Prutahs commonly called Widow’s Mites

Most Bronze Prutahs or Widow’s Mites that you encounter today are very worn with most of the fine detail gone. On the other hand, at Austin Rare Coins you can find some that are far nicer than most encountered. Above all, each coin offered by Austin Rare Coins is graded by NGC Ancients in Choice Very Fine condition. Therefore, each coin being offered is certified authentic and over 1,900 years old.

You will find Bronze Prutahs or Widow’s Mites vary in their look and design. In fact, several different styles are being offered from this collection. However, not to worry, all mites being offered are indicative of the quality you can expect.

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The Wealth of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire was a series of imperial dynasties centered in modern-day Iran. It spanned from 559 B.C. to 330 B.C. The Wealth of the Persian Empire was because they were the first empire to embrace a monetary system. They bought and trading goods with coinage and were also the first to collect taxes in coins. These factors led the Persian Empire to thrive and Persian Kings to be fabulously wealthy. This wealth enabled Persians to build superior roads. In fact, their roads linked major trade partners and massive architectural wonders within their Empire

Great leaders of the Persian Empire, also known as the Achaemenid Empire, included Cyrus the Great, Darius, and Xerxes. In addition, other family members ruled the Achaemenid Dynasty. These great leader were the first in the world to embrace a monetary system and created wealth around coinage. Consequently, they were the first to collect taxes in coins rather than in goods and services. These factors led them to thrive and the Persian Kings to be fabulously wealthy.

Persian Empire Falls in 330 B.C

The Persian Empire change when the mighty new king of Macedonia, Alexander the Great, came to fight the Persians. He conquered the Persian Empire in 330 B.C. Alexander captured the palace of Xerxes where he found tons of gold and silver bullion methodically stored! Alexander pillaged the wealth in order to have money to pay his men. Over a period of three months the ceremonial Persian capital of Persepolis was all but destroyed. Evidently, it was too dangerous to leave any enormous treasures behind where his enemies could recapture them.

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Alexander the Great Conquered Babylon

The Persian Achaemenid Empire ruled Babylon for about two hundred years. They were the first super power of the ancient world. Their vast empire reached from India down to Egypt and all the way up to the northern border of Greece. The Achaemenids were an unstoppable force until Alexander did the unthinkable. Alexander the Great conquered Babylon and defeated the Achaemenids in 331 BCE. Alexander’s actions change the entire ancient world.

Alexander learned to be a great leader and powerful imperialist from his father Philip II. He also learned to be a battle strategist. Moreover, he knew what the odds would be against an outmatched manpower. But, despite the odds Alexander relied on speed and distraction to achieve victory after victory. Subsequently, Alexander the Great conquered Babylon giving his army a huge decisive victory. A success that gave him the confidence and the momentum to continue marching on towards the east.

Babylon was Alexander the Great’s greatest conquest and “to the victor belong the spoils.” Giving proof to the proverb that the winner is entitled to all of the rewards, bonuses, and benefits of success. Consequently, Alexander’s troops and generals needed to share in those spoils. The spoils that included hoards of gold coins minted by the Persians.

Alexander melted down the Persian coins to re-mint gold double darics. He kept the same Persian features of a kneeling king or hero holding a bow and spear on the front of the coin. This was done in homage and respect of the mighty Persians. However, it was also propaganda to prove that the mighty Macedonian army were not only the victors, but also a generous new leader.

Babylonian Gold Double Daric

Alexander the Great’s gold double daric struck in Babylon is one of the true rarities of the Alexander the Great Series. Upon Alexander’s invasion of central Asia, darics and double darics melted down and recoined as coins of Alexander are quite rare today. To clarify, only a handful of them even exist.

Double darics are far more difficult to find than the regular gold darics. To find a double daric today that commemorated Alexander the Great conquered Babylon is a newsworthy occurrence. This is a very important coin dating back over 2,300 years and is a rare find in any condition.

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Roman Emperor Trajan Decius

Gaius Messius Quintus Trajanus Decius, commonly referred to as Trajan Decius, ruled Ancient Rome from 249 to 251 AD. Roman Emperor Trajan Decius wanted to restore Rome to its former glory and ancient traditions. Therefore, he decreed the Decius’ edict. This was a proclamation for Empire-wide loyalty. The Decius’ edict meant that all Roman citizens needed to make a sacrifice to Rome’s gods or face torture, execution and seizure of assets. 

Moreover, Christian belief would not allow for them to worship any other god. As a result, Emperor Trajan Decius cracked down harshly on those he believed were undermining the ancient traditions of Rome. Consequently, they were persecuted and tortured. Even Pope Fabian was killed! By the end of Decius’ second year as Emperor, he resorted back to earlier tradition of tolerance.

The Downfall of Emperor Decius

A barbarian invasion forced Roman Emperor Trajan Decius to shift his attention away from domestic affairs. Decius needed a decisive battle win to score points with the Roman citizens. He riled his troops together and headed for Rome’s border. A battle ensued, and at first Decius seemed to have his win. He caused the Goths to flee into the marshes of Abrittus. However, it was a ruse that led him and his troops straight into an ambush. Roman Emperor Trajan Decius, and about half of his army, perished in the debacle. Instead of glorious victory, it was the first time a Roman emperor fell to a foreign enemy.

The catastrophic defeat at Abrittus accelerated the Roman Empire’s slide into anarchy. Christians claimed it was God’s revenge on their Roman persecutors.

Below – Gold Aureus coin issued during Decius’ reign. Find beautiful Roman coins like this one and many more at Austin Rare Coins. All coins offered by Austin Rare Coins are certified and graded by NGC Ancients.

The command to have Jesus Christ crucified

Pontius Pilate was Governor of Judea from 26-36 AD under the Roman emperor Tiberius. He is one of the most infamous men in history because he gave the command to have Jesus Christ crucified.

The New Testament describes Pontius Pilate as a wavering judge. It says that Pilate initially exonerated Jesus before bending to the will of the crowd, and condemning him to death. But non-Biblical sources paint a much darker picture of the Governor of Judea. His reign was corrupt and full of bribery. Although this was typical behavior for a Roman Ruler, Pilate was more ruthless than others as he also willfully defied the Jewish people’s traditions.

Pontius Pilate Bronze Prutah

Gov Judaea Pontis Pilate | Prutah Coin

The bronze coins (or ‘prutah’) was issued by Pontius Pilate between 26 – 36 AD. These coins are of especial interest to Christians and Jews. This is because of Pilate’s connection with Jesus Christ and his involvement in Jewish history. These coins were traded during the lifetime of Jesus. In fact, they were often used and traded every day!

This bronze prutah was minted between 29 and 31 AD. A prutah coin was of very low value and was mainly used in the poor province of Judea. For example, at the time of Jesus it took 24 prutah just to buy a loaf of bread. They were produced by the Mint of Jerusalem. The flans (on which ancient coins were struck) were cast in strips and then carelessly hand struck with even cruder dies. Similarly, little attention was paid to the quality of the prutah. Most are far off-center, flatly struck, or nearly unidentifiable.

On the Obverse you’ll see a lituus, which was the wand of an augur. The wand was used to interpret natural phenomenon such as lightning flashes, the flight of birds, etc. On the Reverse there is a simpulum, more commonly known as a ladle. These ladles were used to make libations during sacrifices and was a common symbol of the Roman priesthood. These symbols offended Jewish religious sensibilities. Being placed on coinage that they would have to handle on a daily basis was just adding insult to injury.

Prutah still has dirt from the Holy Land

The command to have Jesus Christ crucified was as historical as it was horrific. The coins that we have were found in and around Jerusalem and have not been cleaned for a reason. Each coin is uniquely toned. As a matter of fact, each Prutah still has dirt from the Holy Land adhering to its surfaces. They can be cleaned to exhibit more detail. However, we chose to leave them in their original “as found” state for the sake of history.

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Alexander the Great’s Influence

Alexander the Great’s Influence on the ancient world stretched across a vast area. His influence extended from Greece and Asia Minor, to Persia, Egypt, and all the way to the border of India. Alexander was known as one of the most successful military commanders of the ancient world.

It is amazing that Alexander had accomplished so much success at such a young age. At the age of 16, Alexander led his first troops into combat. Before his death at the age of 32, he had forged a great empire.

Alexander’s reign lasted from 336 BC to 323 BC. His connection and influence over the ancient world would last for years and years to come. Subsequently, Alexander’s generals continued his legacy.

Coinage Influenced by Alexander

Gold coins struck by Alexander are called Gold Staters and silver coins are called Silver Tetradrachms. They were very well-known coins of the ancient world. In fact, they are still extremely popular today. Alexander also issued a small amount of the impressive Distaters, or Double Staters, that were thought to be used as payment to his most trusted soldiers.

Owning one of these coins today is like holding history in your hands. For instance, you can purchase Alexander the Great Coins at Austin Rare Coins & Bullion to start your collection. They have quite an array of certified and authenticated NGC Ancients, the top ancient coin grading corporation in the business. 

Austin Rare Coins & Bullion actually specializes in certified high-end Alexander the Great Ancient Coinage. By dealing with one of our Ancient Coin Advisor who can help you:

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Coin Collecting Can Be Profitable

Coin collecting is not only a rewarding and enjoyable hobby, but if done properly, coin collecting can also be profitable. In this report and the video below, we will share some of the most important things to keep in mind when coin collecting. This is in order to maximize the rewards of assembling a profitable collection, regardless of your budget.

  • The first thing is to make sure that you’re collecting an area with a solid base of other collectors. You can have the rarest coin in the world, but if nobody else wants it, then it’s unlikely to see much appreciation.
  • Make sure you own coins that are attractive. To clarify, a great looking coins will always catch the eye of a potential buyer.
  • Make sure you acquire and own coins that have been professionally graded. This should be done by a third party grading service like NGC or PCGS—the tops in the business.
  • Try to focus on key dates. Do not try to collect the most common dates for a particular issue. These key dates, or “Stoppers” in a series tend to be harder to find. These are the coins other collectors will need to complete their sets.
  • Most importantly, work with someone you can trust to give you fair prices and solid advice. It helps to work with the same dealer you started with, especially if you want to trade up or if you sell a few of your coins. Remember, if you overpay for something, you are at a disadvantage. It may take a while to recoup the original investment. Above all, coin collecting can be profitable if you collect the right coins!

Coin Collecting is FUN!

Remember, coin collecting isn’t just about profits—Coin Collecting is FUN! Historically significant areas of collecting allows you to own items that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years. You can literally hold history in your hands.

With that said, a collection put together over time with attractive and desirable coins can appreciate over time. Try to invest in coins at reasonable prices and allow for time for it to appreciate. Certain areas of the coin market have proven to be a profitable venture for many of our clients. If you have questions or need to be pointed in the right direction, give Austin Rare Coins a call! Let our decades of experience help you put together your own impressive collection.

Was Marcus Aurelius on a coin?

When people ask “Was Marcus Aurelius on a coin?” The answer is a simple – yes. In fact, most Roman emperors were commemorated by having their likeness on a coin. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180. He was known for continuing Rome’s prosperity and dealing with German tribes on the northern borders. He was also known as a philosopher. Above all, he is actually best remembered for his “rule driven by reason.”

Marcus Aurelius was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors. The last emperor of the Pax Romana. This was an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. What made Marcus so famous was his guidance by wisdom and virtue. This separated Marcus from the majority of past leaders all the way to the present. 

Across all the centuries Marcus Aurelius is perhaps one of the most likable. His sensibly, dutifulness and patience proved his stoic leadership is something the world longs for even today. Marcus book name The Meditations, survives today because it was copied and recopied in medieval monasteries. It lives as a guide book for dealing with the stresses of daily life. Especially for a leader like himself, known to lead one of the most powerful empires in human history.

Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius

Marcus Aurelius’s portrait can be found on both gold and silver coins. In addition, his coinage survived in abundance over four decades (139 – 180 CE). However, coins of Marcus Aurelius in pristine condition are much harder to find.

Below is a video of a rare Silver Denarius with Marcus Aurelius’s depiction on it. It is a Silver Denarius in Choice Mint State certified by NGC Ancients. One that is bright and shiny all over. It also has a center strike with a circular flan of Marcus Aurelius on the front. The reverse has a facsimile of Salus with a branch and snake.

Imagine holding something made around 1,800 years ago. This coin is extremely detailed for a such an ancient coin. Austin Rare Coins & Bullion sells Ancient Coins all the way back to the first coins ever made! To find out more talk to an Ancient Coin Advisor at Austin Coins today at 1-800-928-6468!

What Antoninus Pius did as emperor

Antoninus Pius was born near Lanuvium in A.D. 86. As he grew up, he started serving as a quaestor. This was commonly known as a public official. In Ancient Rome it was also an elected position. Antoninus had great success performing his various duties.

He worked with ease under Emperor Hadrian reign. Consequently, Antoninus obtained the consulship in 120 A.D. Because Emperor Hadrian had no immediate successor he decided to adopt Antoninus on February 25th, 138 A.D. This was only months before Hadrian died of congestive heart failure.

Antoninus was suddenly thrust into position to rule the Roman Empire. What Antoninus Pius did as emperor is best understood if we take a closer look at what he didn’t do. He didn’t lead the country into war. Throughout his reign Emperor Antoninus carried out the continuation of a peaceful state.

One of the five good emperors

Emperor Antoninus was known as one of the Five Good Emperors of the Roman Empire. One of the reasons is because he didn’t perform a single military act during his 23 year reign. In fact, he never had to command an army. Instead, Antoninus dealt in diplomacy. He worked through matters of war and peace. He dealt with governors through imperial letters. His style of governance was highly praised for generations to come. Above all, Emperor Antoninus never had to leave Italy.

Emperor Antoninus Pius also became a skilled administrator and builder. He carried out the expansion of aqueducts throughout the Roman Empire. As a result, he also built new bridges and roads. All these new infrastructure builds assured that the people of the Roman Empire would get free access to drinking water.

Emperor Antoninus managed to leave behind an empire better than the empire that he inherited. Most importantly, he left a sizable public treasury of around 2.7 billion sesterces. Rome would not witness another Emperor leaving his successor with a surplus for a very long time.

Antoninus Pius Gold Aureus

Below you’ll find a video that commemorates the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius. It shows an Antoninus Pius Gold Aureus coin, which is a beautiful piece of history that can be held in your hands. It also serves as testimony to what Antoninus Pius did as emperor. He helped to build a better empire and prevented any major conflicts. All this while staying at home and concentrating his attention to his people.