|"Stars over the Holyland"
Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series
The beginning of Monotheism is rooted in the desert of the Holy Land. Throughout the Land of Israel's history, God has continued to interact with humanity through the teachings and blessings of the Prophets. Portrayed on this coin is the lone shepherd, looking towards the stars, symbolizing the divines constant presence in the lives of the faithful.
When looking at this coin, it reminds us that the dramatic and inspirational events of the past are just as relevant now, in the era of a new millennium, as they were when they happened here thousands of years ago.
The artist used a minimalist technique to express the power of this moment, full of the glory and sanctity of Gods great promise.
The 21 stars on the coin allude to the start of the 21st century.
Description of the Coin
Abraham, the lone shepherd, gazing towards the stars in the heavens.
The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with the State emblem. The year of issue "5760/1999", the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription: "SO SHALL THY SEED BE GEN. 15: 1-6" in Hebrew and English.
The proof-like silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel