APMEX RELEASES DEBUT BIBLICAL COIN INSPIRED BY GODS OF OLYMPUS – UPDATED

With the huge success of the Perth Mint’s ‘Gods of Olympus’ three-coin series released throughput 2014, it was only a matter of time before that beautiful antique-finish, high-relief, rimless style was used again. Kicking off with Zeus, followed on by Poseidon, and finishing with the recent Hades, that series went on to become one of the fastest appreciating numismatics of the year. It’s fallen to another mint to continue the concept, although we have no doubt Perth will want to revisit the concept for 2015, and that mint is Scottsdale.

Sold exclusively through American mega-dealer, APMEX, this new coin represents the debut of a whole new run of biblical themed coins, and whatever you’re views on the bible, it’s certainly a rich source of vivdly dynamic stories. First to launch is a coin based on the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, taken from the second book of the Hebrew Bible. In the story, Moses leads the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and journey’s with them through the wilderness of Mount Sinai, to the promised land of Canaan, the most famous episode of which is the parting of the Red Sea.

While not linked to the new Ridley Scott movie in any way, the choice of the Exodus is certainly inspired timing, and likely the coin will do well from any exposure. The design is inspired by a work by Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré, a French artist, illustrator, printmaker and sculptor who worked primarily with wood engraving.

All the new images are now up and it does indeed look a fine strike. The Ralph Maklouf portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is a nice change from th elater Ian Rank Broadley one, and the packaging looks pretty good.

Available now priced at $179.99 and we’ve updated the blue button link to go straight to the APMEX page.

MINT DESCRIPTION

APMEX launches Exodus – Crossing the Red Sea, a 2 oz Silver coin, the first in a new Biblical Series.

Many know the stories from the book of Exodus in the Bible. The most well-known, Moses parting the Red Sea and leading the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land, is recognized by many as one of the most iconic stories from the Bible. Now this epic event is depicted on a 2 troy ounce Silver legal tender coin from the Scottsdale Mint.

With its rimless high-relief design and antique finish, this Silver coin brought to you by APMEX is truly one of a kind. Inspired by an illustration by master French craftsman Gustave Doré, the creative team at the U.S. based Scottsdale Mint designed this .999 fine Silver piece to be a true testament to the gravity of events depicted in the story. Each coin in this limited mintage is antiqued brushed and hand distressed by a team of specialized artisans. The final result is a unique work of art honoring the timeless story.

“APMEX is proud to be the exclusive dealer of this inspiring and one of a kind series,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re committed to giving our customers variety and options they can’t get anywhere else and this coin and series is just another example.”

The Silver Exodus coin has a limited mintage of 1,499 coins, a unique 2 oz size, and rimless high-relief artwork, guaranteeing its place as a collector’s item that stands the test of time. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of the coin and minting specifications, along with a unique serial number that matches the laser- etched number on each coin.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD
COMPOSITION 0.999 SILVER
WEIGHT 62.2 g
SIZE 00.0 mm
FINISH ANTIQUE, HIGH RELIEF
MINTAGE 1,499
ARTIST INPIRED BY GUSTAVE DORE / IAN RANK BROADLEY
BOX / COA YES / YES (SERIALISED TO MATCH COIN INSCRIPTION)
APMEX EXODUS COIN
By |2016-11-05T06:32:40+00:00December 16th, 2014|Categories: Art & Literature, Silver, Niue Island, Scottsdale Mint|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Jessica December 16, 2014 at 14:48 - Reply

    This looks amazing. I can’t wait to see more pictures of this coin. Anyone think that the prices may rise on it shortly after? If Apmex sells these for like $200-250? (should list price soon) will we see prices of more than that in the secondary market? Guessing it could take some time to sell out first, but Gods of Olympus rose to $500-700. Christmas gift is an obvious no brainer but just thinking more long term.

  2. TracMaster December 16, 2014 at 16:42 - Reply

    Beautifully done!

  3. PHIL December 16, 2014 at 18:19 - Reply

    Whoa that Exodus video posted at Apmex has me pumped. My wife just got my email for what to buy me for Christmas.

  4. F Santis December 16, 2014 at 21:22 - Reply

    Nice coin. But 6 coins a year for the next 10 years??? Absolutely no way am I touching that. Talk about taking ridiculousness, and shark-jumping, to whole new level.

    Anyone that manages to collect the entire series, and live to tell the tale, should get a bloody Knighthood.

    Unfortunately, for me, what started out as a nice idea turned into EPIC nonsense as I watched the video. lol

  5. City Down South December 16, 2014 at 22:25 - Reply

    6 coins a year completes a Set. It’s not that difficult to consider that. I simply love the first coin and will be interested to see the future coins. Even if I don’t complete a year I will be pleased to have the ones I buy.

  6. roman s. December 17, 2014 at 05:52 - Reply

    Fantastic silver coin, good idea, must have

  7. SilverSiren February 11, 2015 at 14:37 - Reply

    Isn’t it obvious to EVERYONE by now that this coin and series is a complete and utter FLOP? I can’t wait to see what the next coin will be . . . if their is a next coin that is! APMEX has been trying to hide the fact that these coins aren’t really selling for months now, but eventually the truth should come out. I feel sorry for anyone who bought into them thinking they’d do as well in the after market as the Gods of Olympus coins have done . .. cheap knockoff of a hit series can’t be expected to do as well, people should wise up. If you like the coin and the series concept from a collector standpoint, fine, but the price point is also reason enough to stay away, even if you do think it’s awesome . . . I think it’s hideous and poorly executed.

  8. SilverSiren February 11, 2015 at 14:38 - Reply

    Oops, I meant “if THERE is a next coin that is!” I need my morning coffee…

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate February 12, 2015 at 02:38 - Reply

      Next coin if I remember correctly, will be March 2nd

  9. Fr. Robert D Taliaferro September 26, 2015 at 04:13 - Reply

    Anyone with any art or biblical history knowledge regarding the work of Dore cannot dispute the plethora of subjects and events that can be drawn upon to support a 60 coin Biblical Series of limited edition coins that will enhance ones spirituality, art appreciation, and certainly increase in value as the full collection of remarkable works are continued in The Biblical Series–other works of his would prove investment worthy from an artistic or numismatic perspective. It is unfortunate though that the proposed 60 coin series is drawn out over 10 years. Speaking only for myself, I wish the production releases were faster and more of Dore’s works promoted. My premise underlies the value of holding proven historical acts, tradition, fact and mysticism in ones hands–a real privilege from a historic and numismatic perspective. I say, “foo foo” to skeptic nay-Sayers concerned with ‘turning a profit’ instead of the intrinsic value–Isn’t there something fundamentally stated in the Bible about spirituality versus materialism: ‘where you treasure is, so shall you heart be also.’ The minted coins are material and of monetary value, however, these are also spiritual gifts. If you do not believe and share–don’t collect and inhibit ones who may need a physical token reminder of God’s great deeds and love for all creation and humanity. Where does your heart reside–in the spiritual or capitalistic virtue of greed, lust and profit disregarding the divine? Only one other beside you knows your true self and motif.

    • Ian October 2, 2015 at 01:50 - Reply

      well said

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