"ABRAHAM AND THE ANGELS"
Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series
The 11th Coin in the "Biblical Art" Series
Abraham was sitting by his tent in Mamre in the desert heat. Sarah, his wife, in her admirable modest manner was inside, when three men appeared. Abraham got up immediately to prepare hospitality for the wayfarers. At first, he did not know that these were angels disguised as men, who were to announce that Sarah was to have a child through whom Abraham would become the father of a great nation. Since Sarah was 89 with no children and Abraham was 99, this news was unbelievable. Miraculously, this came true and Sarah later gave birth to Isaac.
Abraham greets the Three Angels. Sarah looks from the side.
The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". The year of issue "5766/2006" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Abraham and the Three Angels, Gen. 18" in Hebrew and English. A series of stars that symbolize the children that Abraham will have. The State Emblem amongst the stars.
Proof-Like: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality planchet. The coin displays a mirror type finish, but of lesser degree than a full Proof strike. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Abraham" coin below the date.
Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck using polished dies. The planchets are specially selected and polished. The coins exhibit a mirror-like surface in the fields and a frosted appearance on the raised points of the coin. A small Hebrew 'mem' mintmark is struck on the "Abraham" coin below the date.
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