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The "Binding of Isaac"

Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series. 1994/5754


Throughout the ages, great artists have painted the famous stories of the Bible. The Biblical Art coin series will display some of these celebrated works. Each coin in the series will depict a different famous work of art.

Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most important artists in 17th century Europe. His famous work, the "Binding of Isaac", had been chosen to appear on the first coin in the series. The painting dating from 1634 expresses the drama when Abraham held a knife to the neck of his son, as commanded by God. As Abraham readied to sacrifice his son, the Angel of the Lord appeared and ordered him to stop.

Coin Description


Abraham standing above his bound son Isaac. An Angel appears above Abraham removing a knife from his hand.


The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". At the left, the State emblem. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The year of issue 5754/1994 and the inscription, "1634 · Binding of Isaac · Rembrandt · Amsterdam" in Hebrew and English.

The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 52 10 NIS Proof Gold/.900 30mm 17.28 grams 1,209 1200.00

Isaac Gold Coin Isaac Gold Coin

Actual gold weight:   1/2 oz.   encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
H 29 1 NIS Unc. Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams 3,468 50.00
H 29a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams 4,439 95.00

Isaac Silver Coin Isaac Silver Coin

Isaac Silver Proof Coin Isaac Silver Proof Coin

Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. The coin displays a matte type appearance. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Isaac" coin at the bottom.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck with extra pressure 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 "Isaac" coin at the bottom.

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