The Bank of Israel, in association with the Israel Coins and Medals Corporation, has launched its latest coin which is part of the ongoing “Jerusalem of Gold” series, and is the 12th release thus far. For 2022, the coins focus on the historic town of Ein Karem. More like an enchanting village in the hills of Jerusalem, Ein Karem is famous for its centuries-old holy sites, which include the Church of St. John the Baptist and Mary’s Spring. According to Christian tradition, Mary’s Spring is said to be the source of water from which the Virgin Mary drank. Today, the narrow streets of Ein Karem are lined with galleries and art shops, as well as refined and popular Mediterranean cafes and restaurants. Over the years, numerous Jerusalemites have discovered the charm of this picturesque country neighbourhood, as Ein Karem has become a much-loved tourist site attracting thousands of visitors from Israel and abroad.
Designed by ICMC graphic artist Meir Eshel, the obverse side depicts a view of the Church of St. John the Baptist, surrounded by Ein Karem’s typical vegetation as seen through its gateway. In the upper area to the right is the face value and mint year in Hebrew and English, and beneath is the Star of David mintmark. Towards the left along the upper border is the word JERUSALEM in English, Hebrew, and Arabic and around the border is the metal fineness and weight 1 OZ. FINE GOLD .9999 in Hebrew and English. The reverse side, designed by Yossi Lemel, depicts the Lion of Megiddo with its stylised curved tail, taken from an ancient eighth century BC seal excavated in Megiddo (“Armageddon”) in the Jordan Valley and which belonged to Shema, servant of King Jeroboam II. Above the lion is the Israel state emblem and below it is the text ISRAEL in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
|31.1 g||32 mm||Brilliant Unc.||
Available from Jerusalem Day, the 29th May 2022, each coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom hardwood case accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information, please click here.
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