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SAMSON AND THE LION, 2009/5769
14th in the BIBLICAL ART Coin Series.
Legal Tender issued by the Bank of Israel.
Samson was a Nazarite, an ascetic, who abstained from worldly pleasures, including drinking alcohol and even cutting his hair. When Samson was on his way to meet the Philistine girl he wanted to wed, he encountered an attacking lion. The Lord gave him super human strength to fight and destroy it. Later, when on his way to his wedding, he observed bees producing honey in the carcass of the lion - an unexpected lesson in the vagaries of life and in the possibility of making something sweet from something quite the opposite.
The face value in Hebrew and English, the State emblem, the word "Israel" in three languages and the mint year.
The coin is graced with an artistic rendering of Samson wrestling with the fierce lion in the Philistine city of Timnat, in ancient Mesopotamian style typical of the Canaanite period,. A stylized palm tree symbolizes the Land of Israel, where this scene took place.
Prooflike coin: Smooth.
Silver and Gold Proof coins: Milled.
Prooflike coin – Star of David.
Silver and Gold Proof coins – Hebrew letter "mem" below the face value.
Tidhar Dagan / Netherlands.
Issue Price $
Gold/917 22k Proof
Star of David
Set of the 3 coins above
Set of the 2 silver coins
Pure Gold, Proof
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