|The Wild Goat and Acacia Tree
Israel's Ninth Coin in the "Holyland Wildlife" Series
The "Wild Goat" referred to in the Book of Samuel, lives in the rocky mountainous areas of Israel. Today it is a protected animal and is seen roaming the high rocks of the Negev Desert. The front of the coin displays a Wild Goat standing on the rocks and the reverse a Shittah (Acacia) Tree, whose many varieties grow wild in Israel.
(Isaiah 41:18-20) I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water... I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together ... That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
Description of the Coin
A Wild Goat on the rocks in the Negev. The inscription, "the rocks of the wild goats, Samuel 24:2" and the Year "2000-5761" in Hebrew and English.
An image of the Shittah (Acacia) Tree in the Negev. The inscription, "the shittah tree (Isaiah 41:19). The denomination "1, 2 or 5" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". At the top, the State emblem. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
At the bottom, the Proof coins with a Hebrew 'mem' mintmark. The 1 Sheqel proof-like coins are struck with a six-pointed star of David.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
Actual gold weight: 1/10 & 1/4 oz. - Encapsulated and housed in a display case from the Bank of Israel