Ruler: Alexander Jannaeus
Date: 103-76 BC
Reference: Hendin 469
If you want a single coin to represent the widow’s mite it will be a prutah of Alexander Jannaeus. This is also most likely the coin you will be shown by an ancient coin dealer.
However, in reality, this coin is not your only option for this event. There are coins that could be strong possibilities and some long shots. You can put together quite a nice ancient coin collection of widow’s mite options and come up with quite an interesting and historical collection. The beauty of such a collecting is that you will also be dealing with the coins that would be found on the Moneychangers table at the time Jesus of Nazareth flipped over the table in the Temple.
So here is the list of coins that could be the widow’s mite:
Strong possibilities: (coins of…)
Alexander Jannaeus; Herod the Great; Herod Archelaus; Herod Antipas; Procurator Coponius; Procurator Ambibulus; Procurator Gratus; Procurator Pilate.
Other possibilities: (coins of…)
Herod Philip; John Hyrcanus I; Judah Aristobulus I; John Hyrcanus II; Mattathias Antigonus