Tel Megiddo Commemorative Coin 370.
(photo credit: Eli Gross)
The Bank of Israel will release the fourth coin in its series on UNESCO world
heritage sites Wednesday, this time celebrating the biblical site of Tel
The Tel Megiddo Commemorative Coin, which was designed by Osnat
Eshel and is available through the Israel Coins and Medals Corp., is being
issued in three denominations.
These denominations are: a NIS 10 coin
struck in 22-carat gold with proof finish, with maximum mintage of 555 coins. A
NIS 2 coin struck in silver .925, weighing 28.8 grams, with a maximum mintage of
2,800; and a NIS 1 coin struck in silver .925, weighing 14.4 grams, with maximum
mintage of 1,800.
Megiddo was an important city in the Canaanite and
Israelite periods because of its strategic location at the head of a pass
through the Carmel Ridge. The city played a particularly important role during
the reign of King Solomon and is mentioned a dozen times in the Tanakh. Some
Christians believe it to be the site of Armageddon, where the battle marking the
end of days is supposed to take place.
Excavations are Tel Megiddo have
revealed the remains of ancient cities, palaces, altars, and most importantly, a
sophisticated water system with a vertical shaft and subterranean tunnel, which
is depicted on the coin.