GAncient Widow's Mite Christian Coin of King Janeaus, Bronze Lepton,Album,Story and Certificate. Bronze lepton of Alexander Janeaus, king of Judea, minted ca. 100 BCE. The widow's mite mentioned in the Gospels of Mark and Luke - Jesus' parable about a poor widow who gave two mites.all she had. This coin is not a replica, but an actual bronze coin, certified genuine, minted in the Holy Land over 2000 years ago during the reign of King Alexander J annaeus in the century preceding the birth of Jesus. What makes these coins of great historical and religious importance is that twice in the Bible, Jesus is quoted as telling the story of the poor widow who gave all that she had which was just two mites.