What may be the most famous “zoo” in the world dates back to ancient times.
The biblical story of Noah and his ark, which in the Bible is said
to have been used to house examples of all animals on Earth at the
time of a great flood, recalls similar tales in other religions and
across cultures of a cataclysmic flood of Earth.
Since 2011, Armenia has issued an annual silver bullion series
honoring the ark, which some people believe rests on a mountain on the
border of Armenia and Kurdistan.
What began as a three-coin series in 2011 (with quarter-, half- and
1-ounce sizes) was expanded in 2012 to include 5-ounce, 10-ounce,
1-kilo and 5-kilo coins, according to Scott Thompson, product manager
with American Precious Metals Exchange, a distributor for the coins
since early 2012.
The program is issued under the auspices of a German firm, Geiger
Edelmetalle, and there appears to be no mintage limits on the coins,
“They have been very popular with collectors and investors,”
At press time, the 2014 1-ounce coins had been available for several
weeks, with the remaining suite of 2014 coins becoming available in
Israel, Palau and Vatican City have also honored the story of Noah’s
Ark on commemorative coins.