A RARE AND ONE-TIME EXHIBIT FROM THE VAULTS OF THE ISRAEL COINS AND MEDALS CORP.

SUCCESSFUL "BIBLICAL ART" COIN SERIES ISSUED BY THE BANK OF ISRAEL TO BE ON DISPLAY IN ITS ENTIRETY, EXCLUSIVELY AT THE BIBLE LANDS MUSEUM, JERUSALEM

A RARE AND ONE-TIME EXHIBIT FROM THE VAULTS OF THE ISRAEL COINS AND MEDALS CORP.

SUCCESSFUL "BIBLICAL ART" COIN SERIES ISSUED BY THE BANK OF ISRAEL TO BE ON DISPLAY IN ITS ENTIRETY, EXCLUSIVELY AT THE BIBLE LANDS MUSEUM, JERUSALEM

Exhibit Opening: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, Adar 10, 5773 at 6pm

A first Exhibit of its kind, displaying the "Biblical Art" Coins, one of the most important and successful coin series issued by the Bank of Israel, is to be held at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. The coins to be exhibited will be on loan from the vaults of Israel Coins and Medals Corp.

The rare exhibit, to be opened on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, will include seventeen coins designed by different artists, representing a variety of images, biblical verses and narratives. The coins will be presented in chronological order of the biblical events, from the earliest to the latest. Among the biblical scenes artistically represented on the coins will be: Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, "So thy Seed shall be", Abraham and the Three Angels, the Binding of Isaac, Jacob and Rachel, Joseph and his Brothers, the Burning Bush, the Waters were Divided, Miriam and the Women, Moses and the Ten Commandments, Samson and the Lion, Solomon's Judgement, Elijah went up by a Whirlwind into Heaven, the Wolf shall dwell with the Lamb, Jonah in the Belly of the Fish, Daniel in the Den of Lions.

Artists drew their inspiration for some of the coin designs from famous works of art or illustrations in ancient manuscripts, while others were inspired directly from the biblical texts. Among the talented artists are: Yaacov Enyedi, Gideon Keich, Moshe Pereg, Adth van Ooijen, Eitan Alon, Gideon Sagi, Oswald Adler, Asher Kalderon, Aharon Shevo and Ilan Hagari.

Alongside their primary use as a means of payment, coins have always been a medium for conveying national, religious and cultural symbolism. In addition to everyday currency, the Bank of Israel issues a number of commemorative or non-circulating legal tender coins that mark both historical and current events with themes relating to the culture, state, society and landscape of Israel.

Commemorative coins, like regular currency coinage, have a face value and are legal tender. They can be exchanged for their face value but, in contrast to regular currency coins, they are struck in gold or silver and therefore kept as precious collectibles. Each gold and silver coin version is struck in a limited mintage, and is distributed for the Bank of Israel by the Israel Coins and Medals Corp. At the end of the sales period, or when the maximum mintage has been reached, the working dies are destroyed in order to ensure that no coins will be struck beyond the issue limit set in advance. In this way the coins maintain their rarity value. The "Biblical Art" Coin Series is considered one of the best and most popular issued. At the Exhibit Opening Ceremony, Mr. Mordechai Fein, Head of the Bank of Israel Currency Dept., will give an explanation about these coins. Following Mr. Fein, Mr. David Ibgi, researcher, curator and lecturer in art, will lecture on "The Biblical Stories – between Textual and Visual", The ceremony will be attended by executives of the Bank of Israel Currency Dept., by Israel Coins and Medals Corp.CEO Aviv Katz, by the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem Director, Ms. Amanda Weiss, as well as by the coin designers and veteran coin collectors.

Exhibit Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, Adar 10, 5773, at 18:30. Entrance at no additional cost. 

Advance Registration by Telephone 02-5611066 or email contact@blmj.org Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, 25 Avraham Granot Street.

Museum Opening Hours: Sun., Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9:30 – 17:30, Weds. 9:30 – 21:30, Fri., Sat., Holiday Eves. 10:00 – 14:00, Holiday – closed.

Museum Fee: adults: 40 NIS, Student/Soldier/Disabled/New Immigrant - 20 NIS. Free entrance for children under 18 on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.