A few of the European independent coin producers have long-term series in their portfolio and Dutch producer Numiscollect is no exception. One of the most popular formats of choice is the fractional sterling silver one, as used by CIT for its perennial Mountains and Flora, World of Hunting and World of Wonder series. This series, which looks at famous stories in the bible, is one such beast.
Biblical Stories debuted in 2011 with a pair of 15.5g (½oz) coins, released packaged singly, and to date is still going strong with twelve designs now available. The release schedule is variable, although at least one coin has launched every year. The last couple of years has seen two-annual releases, and it’s likely that will be the norm moving forward. The silver used has a fineness of 0.925 (92.5%), often called sterling silver. For the 2017 coin the silver was changed to fine 0.999 and we expect that to continue as it has done for 2018.
Each coin is clean-struck, full of detail, and depicting one of the iconic scenes from the most popular book in history, the Bible. The only modification to the reverse face, one that has become a signature feature of the range, is a small area with coloured enamel applied. Each release is full of multiple design elements, especially the more recent ones, and one of these, different in every case, is chosen to be highlighted. There’s no set colour being used, with each release highlighted in the most logical colour – yellow for a sun, blue for water etc. In no case is the colour heavily or inappropriately applied, the choices are sympathetic to the overall look without overpowering it. There are some excellent designs in this series, Noahs Ark and Jonah being fine examples.
The series shares a common obverse design, that of the issuing state the Republic of Palau, one widely used in modern commemorative numismatics. Numiscollect have gone further than just using a straight emblem however. The design is basically a coin within a coin. This sits above an open book, no doubt the Bible, itself set in the centre of radiating lines meant to represent light. The series title ‘BIBLICAL STORIES’ is inscribed around the rim at the bottom. A true common obverse, the date is on the reverse face, so this one has no need to change every coin.
Packaging extends to a coin box inside a coloured outer shipper. A Certificate of Authenticity is enclosed. At the time of writing, these coins are selling around the €65-75 Euro mark. The mintage of each coin is fixed at 1,000 units. There have been some variant releases which you can read about further down, but these occur within the 1,000 mintage limit and are not in addition to. At fourteen coins and counting, this clearly popular range will surely have further entrants to come and as usual, we’ll keep this guide updated to reflect them.