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"Miriam and the Women"

Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series


Miriam Painting

The Third coin in the Series

The Bible abounds with stories about Miriam, Moses and Aaron's eldest sister. We learn about her heroism and her compassion, as well as her great intellectual knowledge and leadership abilities.

The book of Exodus, describing the Exodus from Egypt, offers a depictive description: "And Miriam, the Prophetess, Aaron's sister, took the drum in her hand and all the women followed her with drums and dance" (Exodus 15:20). While others were complaining about the desert conditions, Miriam was giving thanks for the great and miraculous Redemption that had just occurred after the parting of the Red Sea.

The drawing chosen to represent the third coin in the "Biblical Art" Series, issued by the Bank of Israel, was chosen from "The Golden Haggadah" printed in Barcelona circa the year 1320. The pictures in this Haggadah, among the earliest and most spectacular of the Sephardic Haggadahs, portray the events and characters beginning with Adam in the Book of Genesis and ending with Miriam's song in the Book of Exodus.

Coin Description


Miriam with the drum in hand leading the women in song and dance.


The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". At the left, a symbol from the "Golden Haggadah" with the State emblem. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The year of issue 5757/1996 and the inscription, "Miriam and the Women, Golden Haggadah, Barcelona C. 1320" in Hebrew and English.

The Proof-like 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 64 10 NIS Proof Gold/.900 30 mm 17.28 grams 855 1125.00

Miriam Gold Coin Miriam Gold Coin

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

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
H 31 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams 2,262 65.00
H 31a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams 2,568 115.00

Miriam Silver Coin Miriam Silver Coin

Miriam Silver Proof Coin Miriam Silver Proof Coin

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 "Miriam" 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 "Miriam" coin at the bottom.

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