The fourth Israeli Bullion Coin in the "Jerusalem of Gold" Series has been released by the Bank of Israel. The new coin is dedicated to the "Shrine of the Book" on the campus of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in which the Dead Sea Scrolls, Aleppo Codex and other rare ancient manuscripts are preserved and displayed.
The series has become very popular in Israel and around the world and the entire mintage of the first coin in the series, the "Tower of David", issued by the Bank of Israel in 2010, has sold out.
The coins are struck in fine gold .9999 and have a diameter of 32mm and weight, 1 oz. (31.1 grams). Each is struck within a maximum mintage of 3,600 and bears a face value of 20 New Sheqalim.
The obverse, designed by artist Meir Eshel and common to all the coins in the series, bears a roaring lion that appeared on an ancient seal dating from the 8th century BCE. The seal belonged to Shema, servant of King Jeroboam II and was unearthed in archaeological excavations in Megiddo (Armageddon). Above the lion is the Israel State Emblem and below it, the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
Designed by artist Aharon Shevo, the reverse features the "Shrine of the Book", picturing its prominent dome-shaped building in the foreground and, in the background, an extract from the Scroll of Isaiah, one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls on display within, with verse "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more". To the right is the face value and mint year. In the upper border, the word "Jerusalem" is inscribed in the three languages and in the lower border, the gold fineness and weight.
Israeli Gold Bullion coins are sold according to the world price of gold, plus 20%. Not only are the coins miniature works of art representing the beloved City of Jerusalem and prestigious Israeli gifts for relatives, friends and colleagues, but also a convenient means by which to invest in gold.