"SHRINE OF THE BOOK", FOURTH ISRAELI BULLION COIN RELEASED BY THE BANK OF ISRAEL
The fourth Israeli Bullion Coin in the "Jerusalem of Gold" Series has recently been released by the Bank of Israel. The new coin is dedicated to the "Shrine of the Book" on the campus of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in which the Dead Sea Scrolls, Aleppo Codex and other rare ancient manuscripts are preserved and displayed.
Picture: Right, Aviv Katz, CEO of Israel Coins and Medals Corp.; Mr. Hezi Kalo, Director General, Bank of Israel; Mr. James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director, Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Aharon Shevo, Designer of the Coin Reverse with Shrine of the Book
The series has become very popular in Israel and around the world and the entire mintage of the first coin in the series, the "Tower of David", issued by the Bank of Israel in 2010, has sold out. The coins are struck in fine gold .9999 and have a diameter of 32mm and weight, 1 oz. (31.1 grams). Each is struck within a maximum mintage of 3,600 and bears a face value of 20 New Sheqalim.

Israeli Gold Bullion coins are sold according to the world price of gold, plus 20%. Not only are the coins miniature works of art representing the beloved City of Jerusalem and prestigious Israeli gifts for relatives, friends and colleagues, but also a convenient means by which to invest in gold.

The coin may be ordered online at www.israelmint.com.
Shrine of the Book - Gold Bullion 2013
4th in the "Jerusalem of Gold" Series
Legal Tender issued by the Bank of Israel.
The Shrine of the Book is part of the campus of the renowned Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in which the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient manuscripts are showcased and preserved. The unique shape of the Shrine of the Book, prominent in the Jerusalem landscape, is reflected in a pool of water that surrounds it. Designed by Frederick Kiesler and Armand Bartos, and inaugurated in 1965, the Shrine of the Book is an international landmark of modern architecture and the repository for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Aleppo Codex and other rare, ancient manuscripts.

The Shrine of the Book was originally built to house the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts dating from about 2,000 years ago, discovered in 1947 at Qumran by the Dead Sea. The white building was designed to symbolize the lids of the jars in which the first scrolls were found, while the corridor leading into the Shrine resembles the cave, where they were discovered. In the 1950s, the 10th-century Aleppo Codex, the most authoritative manuscript of the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible in existence, was brought to Jerusalem, and is now on view in the Shrine of the Book.

Coin Design: Obverse – Meir Eshel, Reverse – Aharon Shevo.
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