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TEL MEGIDDO Armageddon Silver Proof Coin 2 NIS Israel 2012


This particular silver coin celebrates the Megiddo, known for its historical, geographical and theological importance. According to the New Testament book of Revelation it is the place where the "final" battle, called "Battle of Armageddon", will happen.

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Megiddo was already an important city in the Bronze Age (Canaanite period) and in the Iron Age (Israelite period). Located at a strategic point on fertile land, Megiddo guarded the pass to an ancient trade route connecting Egypt and Assyria. For this reason, the city was desired by many ruling powers and was the site of frequent battles. Among its conquerors were Pharoahs of ancient Egypt, the Israelite and Judean Kings, as well as Assyria. Towards the end of the 7th century BCE, at the Battle of Megiddo between Egypt and the Kingdom of Judah, Pharoah Neco, captured the city from the Assyrians and slew King Josiah of Judah, to the astonishment of the people of Israel.
Tel (Settlement Mound) Megiddo is one the most important and impressive archeological sites in the Land of Israel. Its 20 archeological strata contain the remains of some 30 different cities, spanning a period of over 4,000 years.
Megiddo is mentioned 11 times in the Bible. The Prophet Zechariah refers to Megiddo as Megiddon and continues with an apocalyptic description of a world war. In the New Testament, Megiddo is referred to as "Armageddon"and according to Christian tradition (Book of Revelation), it is here where the final battle will take place between good and evil forces, at the end of days.
Representing an interchange of human values throughout the ancient near-east and being a testimony to an ancient civilization with a high level of engineering and technology, Tel Megiddo was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, in 2005.

  • CountryIsrael
  • Year2012
  • 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
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The reverse of coin depicts the tunnel of the water system at Megiddo, a jug found in an archeological dig at Megiddo, "Tel Megiddo" in English, Hebrew and Arabic, UNESCO World Heritage Site Emblem and the Israel UNESCO Emblem. On coin obverse are shown the face value, "Israel" in English, Hebrew and Arabic, mint year, Israel State Emblem and part of the ancient 8th century BCE seal discovered at Megiddo.