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JONAH IN THE WHALE Coin Of The Year 2012 Biblical Art Silver Proof Coin 2 Nis Israel 2010


This amazing coin honors the biblical figure of Jonah. It is not hard to understand why the coin 'Jonah in the Whale' was voted as "Coin of the Year 2012", beyond the apparently simple but fascinating design, beyond the hight quality of issue, there is a deep meaning that teaches us about God's forgiveness and mercy. Issued by Holy Land Mint is legal tender in Israel and it's sold out at the mint.

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Jonah in the Whale (Jonah in the Belly of the Fish)
The story of Jonah and the Whale, one of the oddest accounts in the Bible, opens with God speaking to Jonah, son of Amittai, commanding him to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh.
Jonah found this order unbearable. Not only was Nineveh known for its wickedness, but it was also the capital of the Assyrian empire, one of Israel's fiercest enemies. Jonah, a stubborn fellow, did just the opposite of what he was told. He went down to the seaport of Joppa and booked passage on a ship to Tarshish, heading directly away from Nineveh.
In response, God sent a violent storm, which threatened to break the ship to pieces. The terrified crew cast lots, determining that Jonah was responsible for the storm. Jonah told them to throw him overboard. First they tried rowing to shore, but the waves got even higher. Afraid of God, the sailors finally tossed Jonah into the sea, and the water immediately grew calm. The crew made a sacrifice to God, swearing vows to him.
Instead of drowning, Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, which God provided. In the belly of the whale, Jonah repented and cried out to God in prayer. He praised God, ending with the eerily prophetic statement, "Salvation comes from the Lord."
Jonah was in the giant fish three days. God commanded the whale, and it vomited the reluctant prophet onto dry land. This time Jonah obeyed God. He walked through Nineveh proclaiming that in forty days the city would be destroyed. Surprisingly, the Ninevites believed Jonah's message and repented, wearing sackcloth and covering themselves in ashes. God had compassion on them and did not destroy them.

  • CountryIsrael
  • Year2010
  • Face Value2 NIS
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.8
  • Diameter (mm)38.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.800
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The reverse of coin depicts Jonah praying from the belly of the whale, "thy billows and thy waves passed over me.....yet I will look again towards thy Holy Temple....". In Asian philosophy, the concept of yin yang is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, in Jonah story to be swallowed by the whale and came back onto dry land have meaning the death and the resurrection. The profile of of the big fish is inspired by the Taoist symbol Taijitu. On coin obverse are shown the face value in Hebrew and English, the Israel State Emblem, "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic, the mint year, inscription "Jonah in the belly of the fish", Jonah 2:1, in the 3 languages, Jonah in prayer.