LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Two people will each have an opportunity to win a 2,000-year-old biblical coin -- the Biblical Widow's Mite Coin -- as a way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sadigh Gallery, a renowned ancient art dealer in Manhattan.
For a limited time, people can enter the contest once through the gallery's contact page, https://sadighgallery.3dcartstores.com/crm.asp?action=contactus. Make sure to select "Anniversary" from the Department drop down menu in the contact form. The contest will start Sept. 1 and end on Sept. 30. Michael Sadigh, owner of the gallery, decided to hold the contest as a way to thank the gallery's loyal customers.
The mite was a small bronze coin that circulated in Jerusalem during the time of Christ -- about a thousand years after Moses. These coins, also known as leptons, were the smallest and lowest coin denomination at the time. Today, more and more members of the general public are becoming familiar with the mite, as metal detectors have been used to locate large quantities of them.
The coins are known for being crudely and carelessly struck and for their designs of inanimate objects, including a wheel or star on one side and an anchor on the other. The Bible strictly forbade the use of these types of graven images, but New Testament manuscripts still mention the lepton.
In the New Testament book of Mark (12th chapter, verses 41-44), Mark explains how Jesus watched people place money into a treasury chest. Many rich individuals put in large sums of money. Meanwhile, a poor widow came in and placed just two mites in the chest, totaling a quarter of a center. Jesus then called his disciples to him and explained that the widow had given more than everyone else contributing to the chest had, as everyone else gave from their surpluses, whereas the woman gave everything she had.
In alignment with the biblical story, the mite today is used to refer to any tiny offering that is provided with sincerity.
Sadigh Gallery has remained in the same Midtown Manhattan location for the past 40 years. The gallery offers a full collection of affordable jewelry from various cultures in history along with antiquities, ancient coins, and authentic artifacts.