Samson and the Lion
Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series. 5769/2009
The 14th Coin in the "Biblical Art" 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.
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.
The inscription, "Samson and the Lion, Judges 14:3" in Hebrew and English. The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". The year of issue "5769/2009" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the right.
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel
||1 NIS Proof-like
||2 NIS Proof
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 "Samson" coin below the denomination.
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 at the bottom.
The miniature version of the Gold coin. 1/25th ounce. Struck in .999 purity.
||1 NIS Proof
Actual gold weight: 1/25th oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel
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