Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series
King Solomon was known for his wisdom and justice. One of the most famous stories illustrating this was the story of the two mothers who appeared before Solomon, each claiming that the baby held in the arms of one of them was hers. King Solomon then ordered a knife towards the baby. One woman immediately cried out, Solomon found this woman to be the true mother. This scene is known as the "Judgement of Solomon".
The image displayed on the second coin in the Biblical Art Series is based upon a 13th century work of art taken from the book "Miscellany", written c. 1280 in France.
King Solomon sitting upon the throne. Two women pleading on the left. The baby displayed to the right.
The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". At the left, a crown with the State emblem. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The year of issue "5755/1995" and the inscription, "Solomon's Judgement, Miscellany, France, c. 1280" 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
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel