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JONAH AND THE WHALE Biblical Stories Silver Coin 2$ Palau 2015


The new coin in the series "Biblical Stories" is dedicated to Jonah and the Whale. A great issue for Christmas gifts and including a great presentation box. Mintage of only 1.000 pieces worldwide.

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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.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2015
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts Jonah just arrived on an island after a violent storm, which threatened to break the ship to pieces. Jonah is looking at the sky as to ask thanks to God. Close to him the whale with the mounth open that just vomited the reluctant prophet onto dry land. In the coin's edge thunder and lightning of the violent storm. On the background the sailing ship. The issue date is present in this side. On bottom the inscription "Jonah and the Whale". The coin's obverse depicts the coat of arms of Palau, the face value and the series name "Biblical Stories".