2015-2024 BIBLICAL STORIES by Scottsdale Mint 2017-07-28T13:12:41+00:00

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2015-2024 BIBLICAL STORIES by Scottsdale Mint

Launched in December 2014, Biblical Series is produced by Scottsdale Mint, an American bullion company widely liked for its unusual bullion products like the Stacker and Tombstone series. Their first large venture into numismatic coins, Biblical Series is also one of the most ambitious in modern precious metal commemoratives. Designed to be released in sets of six annual coins, there will eventually be sixty in total, spread over a decade. While some series do reach these numbers, they’re not generally mapped out in advance.

Following the current trend for ancient mythology combined with high-relief strikes and antiqued silver, Biblical Series coins are struck in two ounces of fine silver. Issued for the Commonwealth island of Niue, the coins have a common obverse. In the centre sits the superb effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ralph Maklouf. Surrounding it are inscriptions showing the denomination, issuer, the Queens name, the composition, and the date. The date is the only changing aspect of this face. Mintage for each is limited to 1,500.

Each coin in this epic series will depict a famous scene from the Bible. Whatever your views on the veracity of the stories within this almost ominpresent book, there’s no denying it’s full of some clever and interesting tales, certainly some hugely popular ones. The book has also inspired some impressive works of art and architecture over the last couple of millenia, amongst them Gustave Doré and his large body of woodcut illustrations. Numbering in the hundreds, Scottsdale will have no problem finding superb illustrations for the sixty coins they have planned. At the time of writing we’ve just hit double figures on the number of releases and there have been some beautiful designs released to date.

The coins aren’t being released in any particular order, and the designs appear to be a good mix of Dore’s work. The translation from woodcut to coin is particularly impressive, enhanced by the rimless design and quality of the antique finish. Sculptor D’Almeda Novissimo is responsible for at least one of the designs, probably more.

The first sixteen coins have debuted at $179.99 and have all been distributed by APMEX. Obviously the spot-price of silver will have an effect on the price going forward, but there are no signs of change at present. An impressive and ambitious undertaking. Not for everyone a series of this scale, there will be collectors aplenty buying these, we’re sure. Scottsdale donating a portion of the sale of the Exodus coin to the IJM was a nice touch.

COIN IMAGES

COIN 1: EXODUS

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.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The Egyptians Drowned in the Red Sea,” pictured on the certificate of authenticity, showing Egyptians and their horses in chaos as the Red Sea overtakes them. In the distance, Moses and the Israelites stand atop a hill, safe from the water.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Exodus 14:21-31, which tells the story of the parting of the Red Sea. Each certificate includes a serial number that matches the laser etched number on the 2 oz coin.

COIN 2: THE CRUCIFIXION

The story of the crucifixion can be found in the book of Matthew in the Bible, depicting in great detail the act of Jesus dying on a cross. The crucifixion is in the beginning of the story of Easter, which follows Jesus from his death to his burial and resurrection. The remarkable event of the crucifixion is depicted on a 2 troy ounce Silver legal tender coin from the Scottsdale Mint, with a limited mintage of 1,499 coins.

The Bible tells of darkness falling across the land three hours before Jesus took his final breath during his crucifixion. The coin’s antiqued brushed and hand-distressed finish uniquely displays what can only be imagined as a dark, somber and reflective time. The creative team at the U.S. based Scottsdale Mint, led by sculptor D’Almeida Novissimo, designed this .999 fine Silver piece as a true testament to the events depicted in master French craftsman Gustave Doré’s original 1860s wood carving of the crucifixion. The final result is a unique work of art honoring the timeless story.

“The first coin in this Biblical series set the standards high, but this latest Silver coin raises the bar once again,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “APMEX strives to give our customers unique options they can’t get anywhere else and that can become part of a legacy or tradition. This series and these coins are a representation of that commitment.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The Crucifixion,” pictured on the certificate of authenticity, showing Jesus Christ hanging on the cross with the soldiers mocking him and keeping the public in order.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity tells the iconic story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Each certificate includes a serial number that matches the laser etched number on the coin.

COIN 3: DAVID & GOLIATH

The story of David and Goliath can be found in the book of Samuel, depicting in great detail young David defeating the giant Goliath with just a stone and a sling. This iconic story of big and small, good and evil, has been passed down for generations and used by many as a relatable story when facing odds. The remarkable event is depicted on a 2 troy ounce Silver legal tender coin from the Scottsdale Mint, with a limited mintage of 1,499 coins.

The Bible tells that David’s true motive in accepting Goliath’s challenge was to show the world the power of God and to restore God’s honor by defeating Goliath. David spoke to Goliath saying “Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head… and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!” This scene is depicted on the coin’s antiqued brushed and hand-distressed finish displaying the moment David made good of his word. The creative team at the U.S.-based Scottsdale Mint designed this .999 fine Silver piece as a true testament to the events depicted in master French craftsman Gustave Doré’s original 1860s wood carving. The final result is a unique work of art honoring this timeless story.

“The David and Goliath Silver coin is a great addition to the series” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “With its unique 2 oz size and limited mintage, this coin and series are sure to be a great investment to any collector.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “David & Goliath” pictured on the certificate of authenticity, showing David holding the head of Goliath in front of his army showing David’s inspiring victory.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity tells the iconic story of David & Goliath. Each certificate includes a serial number that matches the laser etched number on the coin.

COIN 4: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

This 2 oz Silver coin depicts the powerful image from Exodus 32:19 showing the moment just before Moses breaks the tablet of commandments after coming down from Mount Sinai and seeing his people flagrantly violating the Ten Commandments God had just bestowed on them. The smashing of the tablets symbolized these people had willfully broken God’s designed relationship of mutual faithfulness and that without His further deserved mercy, they were doomed.

The coin features a rimless, high-relief design with an antique finish. Inspired by master French craftsman Gustave Doré’s original 1860s wood carving of “Moses Breaking the Tables of the Law,” the creative team at the U.S.-based Scottsdale Mint designed this .999 fine Silver piece with intricate detail. This coin, and others in the series, show the darker side of the stories from the Bible and try to evoke emotion regarding each scene depicted.

“The Ten Commandments coin is yet another example of what makes this biblical series so special,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “Limited mintage and a unique size and only add to the desirability of this item.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of ” Moses Breaking the Tables of the Law ” showing Moses throwing the Ten Commandments at the foot of the mountain after seeing his people flagrantly violating the Ten Commandments God had just bestowed on them.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Exodus 32:19, which tells the story of Moses breaking the Ten Commandments at the foot of Mount Sinai. Each certificate includes a serial number that matches the laser etched number on the coin.

COIN 5: THE PALE HORSE

Revelation, the final book of the Bible, notes the end of days. In Revelation 6:7-8, John tells of the dreadful events that will bring a terrible end to the world as we know it. He speaks of “a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave.”

Gustave Doré depicted this very image in the 1860s with his wood carving of the “The Vision of Death.” The artwork features a majestic horse coming from the heavens carrying a fearsome figure cloaked in a flowing robe, followed by a host of demonic creatures. Utilizing skilled craftsmen and great attention to detail, the creative team at the U.S.-based Scottsdale Mint designed this .999 fine Silver piece to reflect the image on Doré’s original piece of artwork.

“The Pale Horse of the Apocalypse coin is arguably the most haunting coin in the series yet,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “This striking piece covers a broad audience: not only those collecting the series or interested in biblical coins but those people who have an interest in apocalyptic prophecies and menacing subject matter.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The Vision of Death” showing the figure of Death garbed in a flowing robe, holding his sickle while riding through the clouds on a pale horse with winged demonic creatures in his wake.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Revelations 6:7-8, which describes Death as the fourth horseman of the apocalypse and his power over 1/4 of the earth that is to be destroyed by sword, famine, plague and the wild beasts.

COIN 6: THE NEW JERUSALEM

According to Revelation 21 of the Christian Bible, John is taken to a mountain to look upon the city, prepared by God for those washed in the blood of the lamb. John describes its gates, vastness, precious stones and lack of sun and moon. For who needs a sun or moon when God casts his own light?

The holy city, depicted in Gustave Doré’s 1865 engraving “The New Jerusalem,” is the inspiration for the U.S.-based Scottsdale Mint’s latest Silver coin. With deliberate detail, the coin features John atop the mountain with an angel. Invoking fear, majesty and awe, the holy city offers a new home and hope to believers.

“The New Jerusalem coin is uniquely dark. While it overall represents redemption and salvation, the somber tone of its inspiration demands reverence and reflection,” said APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau. “To cast this scene in Silver, especially one that references streets of Gold, is beautifully bold. It becomes a haunting piece that Biblical scholars and those interested in apocalyptic prophecies will truly appreciate.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The New Jerusalem” depicting an angel showing John the new holy city, which is described as the ultimate Promised Land.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Revelations 21:1-4, in which John describes the new holy city as shown to him by God.

COIN 7: DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN

The first of a six-coin series released in 2016, Daniel in the Lion’s Den depicts God’s faithful servant Daniel surviving a night with bloodthirsty lions engraved in 2 oz of .999 fine Silver.

As revealed in chapter 6 of Daniel in the Christian Bible, jealous men observed Daniel in an illegal act — prayer. Obliged to follow the law and punish any man petitioning any God or man beside the throne, the king guiltily had Daniel cast into the lion’s den. When the king returned the next morning, he found Daniel miraculously unharmed — an angel of God had protected him.

The scene, as depicted in Gustave Doré’s 1860s wood engraving, “Daniel in the Den of Lions,” is the inspiration for the U.S.-based Scottsdale Mint’s latest Silver coin. With deliberate detail, the coin features Daniel safe among several fierce but peaceful lions.

“The Daniel in the Lion’s Den coin follows the original series’ theme of hope and mercy triumphing over darkness,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “Appropriately enough, a portion of proceeds from purchases of this series will support a faith-based human rights organization, the International Justice Mission (IJM). The non-profit operates all over the world to combat grave injustices, including brutality and illegal detention, like the coin illustrates.”

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” depicting Daniel standing in the middle of the den with lions and skeletons surrounding him.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Daniel 6:22-24, in which Daniel describes how God sent his angel to shut the lion’s mouths so they would not hurt him.

COIN 8: THE LAST SUPPER

The Last Supper is the final meal that, in the Gospel accounts, Jesus shared with his Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion.  The Last Supper provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist, also known as “Holy Communion” or “The Lord’s Supper”.

The First Epistle to the Corinthians contains the earliest known mention of the Last Supper. The four canonical Gospels all state that the Last Supper took place towards the end of the week, after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and that Jesus and his Apostles shared a meal shortly before Jesus was crucified at the end of that week. During the meal Jesus predicts his betrayal by one of the Apostles present, and foretells that before the next morning, Peter will deny knowing him.

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The Last Supper” depicting Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples sitting at a table during Jesus’ last Passover meal.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Luke 22:14-15 and Matthew 26:26-28, which describes the account of Jesus offering His disciples bread as His body and wine as His blood, symbolizing the first covenant of the sacrificial Passover Lamb.

COIN 9: ADAM & EVE

Adam and Eve, according to the creation myth of the Abrahamic religions, were the first man and woman and the ancestors of all humans. The story of Adam and Eve is central to the belief that God created human beings to live in a paradise on earth, although they fell away from that state and formed the present world full of suffering and injustice.

God fashions Adam from dust and places him in the Garden of Eden. Adam is told that he can till the ground and eat freely of all the trees in the garden, except for a tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Subsequently, Eve is created from one of Adam’s ribs to be Adam’s companion. They are innocent and unashamed about their nakedness.

However, a serpent deceives Eve into eating fruit from the forbidden tree, and she gives some of the fruit to Adam. These acts give them additional knowledge, but it gives them the ability to conjure negative and destructive concepts such as shame and evil. God later curses the serpent and the ground. God prophetically tells the woman and the man what will be the consequences of their sin of disobeying God. Then he banishes ‘the human’ from the Garden of Eden.

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “Adam and Eve Driven out of Eden” depicting an angel, with sword in right hand, pointing the way out of the Garden of Eden as Adam and Eve embark into the new wilderness.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Genesis 3:22-24, in which God banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

COIN 10: THE GOOD SAMARITAN

In the Gospel of Luke, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment:

Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”

He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, [Deuteronomy 6:5]; and your neighbour as yourself [Leviticus 19:18].”

He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”

But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”— Luke 10:25–29, World English Bible

Jesus replies with a story:

Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbour to him who fell among the robbers?”

He said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”— Luke 10:30–37, World English Bible

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “Arrival of the Good Samaritan at the Inn” depicting the good Samaritan aiding the injured man off the donkey at the inn.new wilderness.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included on the certificate is an image of Gustave Doré’s “Arrival of the Good Samaritan at the Inn”, showing how accurately Scottsdale Mint’s creative team recreated the original artwork for this coin series.

COIN 11: EZEKIELS DREAM, THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES

The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (or The Valley of Dry Bones or The Vision of Dry Bones) is a prophecy in chapter 37 of the Book of Ezekiel. The chapter details a vision revealed to the prophet Ezekiel, conveying a dream-like realistic-naturalistic depiction.

In his vision the prophet sees himself standing in the valley full of dry human bones. He is commanded to carry a prophecy. Before him the bones connect into human figures, then the bones become covered with tendon tissues, flesh and skin. Then God reveals the bones to the prophet as the People of Israel in exile and commands the Prophet to carry another prophecy in order to revitalize these human figures, to resurrect them and to bring them to the Land of Israel.

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones” depicting Ezekiel overlooking a field of skeletons and corpses coming back to life.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included on the certificate is an image of Gustave Doré’s “The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones”, showing how accurately Scottsdale Mint’s creative team recreated the original artwork for this coin series.

COIN 12: BIRTH OF JESUS

The nativity of Jesus or birth of Jesus is described in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. The two accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the time of Herod the Great to a betrothed virgin whose name was Mary.

In Christian theology the nativity marks the incarnation of Jesus as the second Adam, in fulfillment of the divine will of God, undoing the damage caused by the fall of the first man, Adam. The artistic depiction of the nativity has been an important subject for Christian artists since the 4th century. Since the 13th century, the nativity scene has emphasized the humility of Jesus and promoted a more tender image of him, as a major turning point from the early “Lord and Master” image, which has had an effect on the basic approaches of Christian pastoral ministry.

The nativity plays a major role in the Christian liturgical year. Christian congregations of the Western tradition begin observing the season of Advent four Sundays before Christmas, the traditional feast-day of his birth, which falls on December 25. Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church observe a similar season called the “Nativity Fast” during the forty days leading up to Christmas, which for them falls on January 7 as a result of Orthodox churches continuing to follow the Julian calendar, rather than the modern day Gregorian calendar.

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “The Nativity” depicting baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph surrounded by shepherds and the animals in the stables.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity.

COIN 13: BAPTISM OF JESUS

The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. This event is described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. John’s gospel does not directly describe Jesus’ baptism.

Most modern theologians view the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist as a historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be assigned. Along with the crucifixion of Jesus, most biblical scholars view it as one of the two historically certain facts about him, and often use it as the starting point for the study of the historical Jesus.

The baptism is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being the Transfiguration, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. Most Christian denominations view the baptism of Jesus as an important event and a basis for the Christian rite of baptism (see also Acts 19:1-7). In Eastern Christianity, Jesus’ baptism is commemorated on 6 January (the Julian calendar date of which which corresponds to 19 January on the Gregorian calendar), the feast of Epiphany. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Churches and some other Western denominations, it is recalled on a day within the following week, the feast of the baptism of the Lord. In Roman Catholicism, the baptism of Jesus is one of the Luminous Mysteries sometimes added to the Rosary. It is a Trinitarian feast in the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

REVERSE: Features light descending from above, the Holy Spirit, onto Jesus as he is baptized in the river by John the Baptist.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Matthew 3:16-17 (NLT) which states: After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

COIN 14: NAILING CHRIST TO THE CROSS

The crucifixion of Jesus occurred in 1st century Judea, most probably between the years 30 and 33 AD. Jesus’ crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in the New Testament epistles, attested to by other ancient sources, and is established as a historical event confirmed by non-Christian sources, although among historians there is no consensus on the precise details of what exactly occurred.

According to the canonical gospels, Jesus, the Christ, was arrested, tried, and sentenced by Pontius Pilate to be scourged, and finally crucified by the Romans. Jesus was stripped of his clothing and offered wine mixed with gall to drink, before being crucified. He was then hung between two convicted thieves and according to Mark’s Gospel, died some six hours later. During this time, the soldiers affixed a sign to the top of the cross stating “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” in three languages. They then divided his garments among them, but cast lots for his seamless robe. After Jesus’ death they pierced his side with a spear to be certain that he had died.

The Bible describes seven statements that Jesus made while he was on the cross, as well as several supernatural events that occurred. Collectively referred to as the Passion, Jesus’ suffering and redemptive death by crucifixion are the central aspects of Christian theology concerning the doctrines of salvation and atonement.

REVERSE: Inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “Nailing Christ to the Cross” depicting nails being hammered into Jesus amidst a crowd, with other crucifixions in the background

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists John 19:18, “Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

COIN 15: JACOB WRESTLING AN ANGEL

The account of Jacob wrestling with the angel is found in Genesis 32:22-32 and referenced elsewhere in Hosea 12:4. The account includes the renaming of Jacob as “Israel”, literally “He who struggles with God.” The account is also regularly described as Jacob wrestling with God.

Jacob spent the night alone on a riverside. There, a mysterious being—considered to be an angel or God himself—wrestled with Jacob, even striking him painfully in the hollow of his thigh. Jacob asks the being his name, and while he doesn’t receive an answer, he names the place where they wrestled Peniel or Penuel.[Genesis 32:29-30] The event occurs during Jacob’s journey back to Canaan.

The identity of Jacob’s wrestling opponent is a matter of debate, named variously as a dream figure, a prophetic vision, an angel (such as Michael and Samael), a protective river spirit, Jesus or God.

REVERSE: Features Gustav Doré’s image of Jacob struggling with a winged angel next to the river Jabbok.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Genesis 32:22-32, in which Jacob wrestles with a heavenly being, often referred to as an angel, all night until the break of day when the being dislocates his hip by touching it. Jacob does not let go of the being until he is blessed. The heavenly being renames him Israel and blesses him.

COIN 16: JESUS CALMS THE SEA

Calming the storm is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels, namely in Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:22-25. This episode is distinct from Jesus’ walk on water which also involves a boat on the lake and appears later in the narrative, in chapter 14 of Matthew.

According to the Gospels, one evening Jesus and his disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat, when a furious storm came up, with the waves breaking over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion, but the disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” The Gospel of Mark then states that:

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

REVERSE: Design inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration of “Jesus Stills the Tempest”.

OBVERSE: Features the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the weight, purity and face value.

Included certificate of authenticity lists Matthew 8:18-27 (NLT) which states: When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed the disciples to cross to the other side of the lake. Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord save us! We’re going to drown”! Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith”! Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man”? they asked, “Even the winds and waves obey him”!

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PACKAGING OPTIONS

Each coin comes in a book-like box made of cardboard designed to look like leather, complete with gilded lettering and a gold coloured band to hold it closed. They’re reasonably large but look ok and hold the certificate in the inside cover with a number that matches the edge inscription of the coin.

For those looking to collect six coins, be they from a single years run or a mix over time, Scottsdale have produced a far superior alternative to hold them. Made of hand-sewn leather, the faux book opens to reveal spaces for six coins on one side, and slots to hold six certificates on the other. Designed to look like an old leather bible, even down to the ribbed spine and embossed lettering and image, it’s a fine item perfectly suited to the series. About the only caveat we have is that it’s dated on the spine. Without a date it would better suit collectors of ocassional coins spread over multiple years, as well as being less of a pain to produce and stock you’d have thought. A minor point and overall, it looks worth the $74.99 that it costs to procure. We’d like to see more mints make the effort to produce some nice collection boxes/binders etc., especially as the number of coins in a set rises.

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PAUL GUSTAVE DORE

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré, born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832, was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving. In 1853, Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron, followed by additional work for British publishers, including a new illustrated Bible. In 1856 he produced twelve folio-size illustrations of The Legend of The Wandering Jew.

In the 1860s he illustrated a French edition of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and his depictions of the knight and his squire, Sancho Panza, have become so famous that they have influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors’ ideas of the physical “look” of the two characters. Doré also illustrated an oversized edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”, an endeavor that earned him 30,000 francs from publisher Harper & Brothers in 1883.

Doré’s illustrations for the Bible (1866), used for this coin series, were a great success, and in 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London. In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, suggested that they work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. The completed book, London: A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings, was published in 1872. Doré’s later work included illustrations for new editions of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, The Works of Thomas Hood, and The Divine Comedy. Doré’s work also appeared in the weekly newspaper The Illustrated London News.

Doré was mainly celebrated for his paintings in his day. His paintings remain world-renowned, but his woodcuts and engravings, like those he did for Jerrold, are where he really excelled as an artist with an individual vision. Doré never married and, following the death of his father in 1849, he continued to live with his mother, illustrating books until his death in Paris on 23 January 1883 following a short illness. The city’s Père Lachaise Cemetery contains his grave. The government of France made him a Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in 1861.  (Source: Wikipedia)

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DORE’S BIBLE HERE

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DORE’S OTHER WORKS HERE

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DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 62.2 g 39.00 mm ANTIQUE 1,499 YES / YES

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION

International Justice Mission is a U.S.-based non-profit human rights organization that operates in countries all over the world to rescue victims of individual human rights abuse. IJM works to combat human trafficking including the commercial sexual exploitation of children, forced labor slavery, illegal detention, police brutality and illegal land seizure. Based on referrals of abuse received from relief and development organizations, IJM conducts professional investigations of the abuses and mobilizes intervention on behalf of the victims.

Though it is a faith-based organization IJM assists victims regardless of their religion. The fourfold purpose of IJM is victim relief, perpetrator accountability, victim aftercare, and structural transformation.

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