The offering of the Widow or The Widow's mite
At least three currencies were in use in ancient Palestine; the Roman copper as, sixteen being equivalent to one silver denarius; provincial Greek based coinage minted at Antioch and Tyre, such as the silver shekel (or stater or argurion); and local Jewish coinage, for example, the smallest denomination bronze prutah commonly referred to by the Greek name, lepton. In Latin, lepton translates to minutum, meaning small, supposedly contracted to the word "mite". There is some question as to whether or not a mite was an actual English, or possibly Flemish, coin.
Jesus teaches that the small sacrifices of the poor mean more to God than the extravagant, but proportionately lesser donations of the rich.
"41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
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.