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"Samson and the Lion"

Israel's "Biblical Art" Miniature Coin Series

2009 / 5769


Samson Miniature Gold Coin 2009

The 6th Coin in the "Biblical Art" Miniature Series


Samson was a Nazarite, an ascetic, who abstained from worldly pleasures, including drinking alcohol and even cutting his hair. When Samson was on his way to meet the Philistine girl he wanted to wed, he encountered an attacking lion. The Lord gave him super human strength to fight and destroy it. Later, when on his way to his wedding, he observed bees producing honey in the carcass of the lion - an unexpected lesson in life, that something sweet can result from something quite the opposite.

Coin Description

Front

An artistic rendering of Samson wrestling with the fierce lion in the Philistine city of Timnat, in ancient Mesopotamian style typical of the Canaanite period,. A stylized palm tree symbolizes the Land of Israel, where this scene took place.

Reverse

The inscription, "Samson and the Lion, Judges 14:3" in Hebrew and English. The denomination "1" with "New Sheqel". The year of issue "5769/2009" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the right.


Cat. No. Item Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 115 Samson and the Lion 1 NIS Proof Gold/.999 13.92 mm 1.244 grams 5,000 150.00


Samson Gold Miniature Coin 2009 Samson Gold Miniature Coin 2009


Actual gold weight: 1/25th oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel


Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck 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 "Samson" coin beside the Palm tree.

NIS - New Israel Sheqel


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