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"Jonah in the Whale"

Israel's "Biblical Art" Miniature Coin Series

2010 / 5771

Jonah Gold Miniature Coin 2010

The 7th Coin in the "Biblical Art" Miniature Series

Jonah the Prophet was requested by the Lord to go from the Land of Israel to the city of Nineveh, to warn the people to repent for their sins, before their city be destroyed. Jonah, however, chose to flee from his mission by boarding a ship bound for Tarshish. When a violent storm began, the ship crew believed that one of the passengers was responsible and cast lots to determine who it was. The lots fell on Jonah. He was cast into the sea and the storm calmed down. Meanwhile, a big fish, thought to be a whale, swallowed up Jonah into its belly, where he remained for three days and three nights. Jonah prayed to God and was saved when the fish spat him out on the shore. He then understood he was destined to go to Nineveh, as he had been commanded. The King and the people of Nineveh repented and were thus saved from destruction.

Coin Description


An artistic rendering of Jonah with outstretched arms in the belly of the fish.


The inscription, "Jonah in the belly of the fish, Jonah 1:17" in Hebrew and English. The denomination "1" with "New Sheqel". The year of issue "5771/2010" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the top. Below the denomination, Jonah looking to the holy temple.

Cat. No. Item Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 120 Jonah in the Whale 1 NIS Proof Gold/.999 13.92 mm 1.244 grams 1,800 125.00

Jonah Gold Miniature Coin 2010 Jonah Gold Miniature Coin 2010

Actual gold weight: 1/25th oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel

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 "Jonah" coin below the date.

NIS - New Israel Sheqel

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