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CREATION OF THE WORLD Biblical Stories Silver Coin 2$ Palau 2011


The series of collector coins "Biblical Stories" is dedicated to the most famous stories narrated in the Bible. The second coin in the series "Creation of the World" recalls the famous story of the creation of the world, as narrated in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

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The opening passages of the Book of Genesis consecutively contain two creation stories. In the first story God progressively creates the different features of the world over a series of six days, resting on the seventh day.[Gen. 1:1–2:3] Creation is performed by divine incantation: on the first day God says, "Let there be light!" and light appears. On the second day God creates an expanse (firmament) to separate the waters above (the sky) from those below (the ocean/abyssos). On the third day God commands the waters below to recede and make dry land appear, and fills the earth with vegetation. God then puts lights in the sky to separate day from night to mark the seasons. On the fifth day, God creates sea creatures and birds of every kind and commands them to procreate. On the sixth day, God creates land creatures of every kind. Man and woman are created last, after the entire world is prepared for them; they are created in the image of God, and are given dominion and care over all other created things. God rests on the seventh and final day of creation as Sabbath, which he marks as holy.

In the second story the creation of man follows the creation of the heavens and earth, but occurs before the creation of plants and animals.[Gen. 2:4–2:25] God takes dirt (adamah, ochre) from the ground to form a man and breathes life into him. God prepares a garden in the East of Eden and puts the man there, then fills it with trees bearing fruit for him to eat. The man is invited to eat the fruit of any tree but one: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God commands the man not to eat of that one tree "for when you eat of it you will surely die."[Gen. 2:17] Birds and animals are then created as man's companions and helpers, and God presents them to the man. The first man gives names to each one, but finds none of them to be "like him." So God puts the first man into a deep sleep and removes something from man's side, and uses it to make the first woman. "For this reason," the text reads, "a man will leave his father and mother for his wife, and they shall be joined as one flesh."

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2011
  • 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
On the reverse of the coin is represented the dove, symbol of peace, surrounded by light and by the hands of God. The dove decorated with the enamelling technique. The image below shows the symbol of everything that has been created, the sun, the flora, the fauna, the sea, the fish and the man. Furthermore, there is the inscription "Creation of the World " and the year of issue. On obverse of the coin, there is show the coat of arms of the Republic of Palau, as the inscription "Republic of Palau", the nominal value and the typical image of the Bible open, surrounded by light, below the name of the series "Biblical Stories". The coin is enclosed in a box decorated with the image of the arm of God during creation.