This is a rare, unique and ancient coin pendant with chain. It is called a 'Widow's Mite Coin', and dates from 60 BC to 300 AD. This coin is not a replica, but an actual bronze coin, genuine, minted roughly 2,000 years ago.
Twice in the Bible Jesus is quoted telling the story of the poor widow who gave all she had which was just two mites. These coins are identical to the coins she would have given, known to collectors for hundreds of years as "Widow's Mites."
Mark 12:41 and Luke 21:1 each tell the story of Jesus sitting over the treasury observing the people casting in their offerings. He was not impressed by the large gifts given out of the abundance by the wealthy and comfortable, but only by the gift given out of poverty by the poor widow. Instead of asking for money--she gave all she had to live on.
These coins are common to view in museums, it is a great opportunity to own an object of this age in your hands. These coins circulated for very long periods of time and therefore became worn and smooth.
During this period, coins were made by striking long, thin strips of blank metal between two dies. The first coin on the strip was then placed between the two striking dies and hit with a hammer. The strip was then quickly pulled until the next coin was in place and the process was repeated. When the strip was completed the coins were cut apart. This crude method of manufacture resulted in coins that were most often struck off center.
As this coin is not perfectly round, we hand made an 18K bezel out of rose gold around it. The 18" chain is 18K, and is also rose gold.
PLEASE NOTE: Model in photograph is wearing a similar coin necklace, not the one in this listing.
Ancient Bronze 'Widow's Mite' Coin
Size (LxW): 16.2 x 15.24 mm (approx.)
Color: Bronze With Patina
Solid 18k Rose Gold, Freeform, Handmade Bezel
Chain: 18k Rose Gold Box Chain, 18"