The biblical tale of Daniel being delivered safely from the lion’s
den is the latest subject of the Bank of Israel’s annual Biblical Art
The account, from chapter six of the Book of Daniel, is one of
faith, loyalty and heroism. Few stories in the Bible are used
metaphorically today as much as this story.
Daniel grew up in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
and, in biblical stories, earned the favor of rulers by interpreting
dreams and translating words being written on the wall by a hidden
hand. Jealous rivals convinced King Darius the Mede to decree that
petitions and prayers were to be directed to no one but the king for
30 days. When Daniel’s devotion to his God was discovered, the king
was bound by the law to place him in a den of lions.
The restless king visited the den at dawn and found Daniel alive,
to his relief. King Darius ordered the rivals be sent to the den,
where the lions immediately devoured them. Daniel returned to serve as
executive officer to Darius the Mede and later, Cyrus, King of Persia.
The reverse of the coin shows a prayerful Daniel, at the base of a
sealed lions’ den, flanked but unharmed by two roaring lions.
The obverse carries the denomination; “Israel” in English, Hebrew
and Arabic; the date; Israel’s state emblem; and a hungry, roaring lion.
The coin was designed by Aharon Shevo and engraved by Ed Llewellen
of the Royal Dutch Mint, where the coins were struck.
Four examples of the coin, two silver and two gold, are being offered.
A prooflike .925 fine silver 1-new-Israeli-sheqel coin joins a
Proof .925 fine silver 2-NIS coin. In addition, the bank is releasing
a Proof .999 fine gold 1-NIS coin and a Proof .917 fine gold 10-NIS coin.
The prooflike coin weighs 14.4 grams, measures 30 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 1,800 pieces.
The Proof silver coin weighs 28.8 grams, measures 38.7 millimeters
and has a mintage limit of 2,800 pieces.
The Proof gold 1-NIS coin weighs 1.244 grams, measures 13.92
millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces.
The gold 10-NIS coin weighs 16.96 grams, measures 30 millimeters
in diameter and has a mintage limit of 555 pieces.
The coins are available individually and in multiple sets. Prices
may fluctuate, but currently the silver prooflike coin is priced at
$96, and the Proof silver coin costs $148; a two-coin set of both
silver coins costs $236.
The small gold coin is priced at $208, while the 10-NIS gold coin
costs $1,775, and a three-coin set (excluding the small gold coin)
Insured international shipping and handling costs $25 per order.
To order, call Israel Coins and Medals Corp. at 888-421-1866 email
it at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
write Israel Coins and Medals Corp., P.O. Box 2040, Nesher 36680,