Bank of Israel releases 4th coin in series on UNESCO world heritage sites, celebrating the biblical site of Tel Megiddo.
By NADAV SHEMER
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 Megiddo.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.
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