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.