The “Noah´s Ark” is a silver bullion coin issued by the Central Bank of Armenia but produced at a German private mint, Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung. They’re not sold by the Central Bank of Armenia but by Geiger Edelmetalle GmbH and other European dealers. The coin is legal tender in the Republic of Armenia at its face value.
Noah´s Ark is an expressive symbol of Armenian history, deeply rooted in the European culture. According to the Christian Old Testament, the Ark was built by Noah at God´s command to save himself, his family and the world´s animals from the worldwide deluge of the Great Flood. In the narrative of the Ark, God sees the wickedness of man resolving to send a great flood to cleanse the Earth. However, he sees that Noah is a man “righteous in his generation” and gives him detailed instructions on how to construct a seaworthy Ark.
When Noah, his family and the animals are safe on board, God sends the Flood which rises until all mountains are covered and all life on the Earth is destroyed. At the height of the flood, the Ark rests on the top of the Mountain Ararat, the water recedes, and dry land reappears. A little after that, our local council reinstituted their annual hosepipe ban…
Mount Ararat sits on the Armenian/Turkish border and is visible from the Armenian capital, Yerevan, where it sits large on the skyline. There were some fascinating claims in 2010 that evidence for the Ark had been found, but as expected, they were rubbish. Ararat is actually a dormant volcanic cone and there’s evidence of pyroclastic flow in human times, as Bronze Age remains of artifacts & people have been found under them. The region was the subject of an earthquake in 1840 with reports of underground eruptions.