It’s coin number eleven in Scottsdales epic ‘Biblical Series’ of antiqued silver coins. Released six per year, this is the fifth coin of 2016 and is again based around a story in the bible that’s been illustrated by the talented 19th century French artist, Gustave Doré. The illustrator, printmaker and sculptor was highly prolific in his output and produced a series of hundreds of woodcuts illustrating scenes from the bible.
This one is called Ezekiel’s Vision and illustrates the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. 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.
It’s a brilliant numismatic interpretation of the original Dore woodcut, like all those before. If the subject matter is of interest, the coins are probably the finest of their type out there. Each is struck in 2oz of high-relief 0.999 silver, rimless, and with an antique finish. The coin is sold exclusively through APMEX in the US, and through other dealers worldwide, selling for $179.99.
We’ve added this release to our Coin Series Profile of the series where all are detailed and you can get a great overview of this ambitious series.