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.



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.


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)




$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 62.2 g 39.00 mm ANTIQUE 1,499 YES / YES


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