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The Lion and the Pomegranate

1997/5757


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Israel's Seventh Coin in the "Holyland Wildlife" Series

The lion, referred to as the "King of Beasts", figures prominently in Biblical literature as well as in ancient artwork: the lion is the symbol of the tribe of Judah, appears in a number of mosaics, and adorns many representations of the Holy Ark.

The pomegranate is one of the seven choice fruits of the Land of Israel as cited in the Bible and served as proof of the land's fertility. The fruit itself has beautiful red flowers which bloom in the spring and make a delicious juice. Images of them adorn the capitals of the Temple pillars, Hasmonean coins as well as the One Lira coin of Modern Israel.


Coin Description

Front

A Lion with the inscription, "Lions' Dens" (Song of Songs, 4,8) and the date "1997-5757" in Hebrew and English.

Reverse

Two pomegranates with the inscription, "Piece of a pomegranate" (Song of Songs, 4,3). The denomination "1, 2 or 5" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". At the left, the State emblem. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'. The proof-like silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star below the denomination.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 67 1 NIS Proof Gold/.900 18 mm 3.46 grams 770 225.00
FR 68 5 NIS Proof Gold/.900 22 mm 8.63 grams 742 475.00


Lion Gold Coin Lion Gold Coin

Lion Gold Coin Lion Gold Coin

Actual gold weight: 1/10 & 1/4 oz. - Encapsulated and housed in a display case from the Bank of Israel


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
HLW 7 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 2,135 out of stock
HLW 7a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 2,277 65.00


Lion Silver Coin Lion Silver Coin

Lion Silver Proof Coin Lion Silver Proof Coin

Encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel


Proof-Like: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality planchet. The coin displays a mirror type finish, but of lesser degree than a full Proof strike. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Lion" coin below the denomination.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck with extra pressure using polished dies. The planchets are specially selected and polished. The coins exhibit a mirror-like surface in the fields and a frosted appearance on the raised points of the coin. A small Hebrew 'mem' mintmark is struck on the "Lion" coin below the denomination.

ASW: actual silver weight


Also, available:

The One Lira coin with the Pomegranate design.

Uncirculated rolls of 20 and a few original bags of 100 in stock.


One Lira Trade coins


Cat No.
Denomination Type Diam. qty Price
A100-020
1 Lira Trade Coin Copper-Nickel 28mm. Roll of 20 coins 16.00
A100-100
1 Lira Trade Coin Copper-Nickel 28mm. Bank Bag of 100 coins 60.00


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