Biblical Series ‑ 2019 Samson Slays The Lion
Scottsdale Mint undertook this phenomenal 10-year project in 2015 issuing multiple releases each year. This Biblical Series ‑ 2019 Samson Slays The Lion release is the 25th in the series. This edition is the first of the 2019 releases.
Inspiration for the Biblical Series
Born in Strasbourg, France in 1832, Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré, almost immediately demonstrated advanced giftedness as an artist. By age 15, he was well on his way to a lifelong career as an illustrator, printmaker, and sculptor. His chosen medium was wood engraving, although his paintings brought high acclaim during his life, and continue to this day. Among his most well-known and celebrated works are his 241 wood engravings of many of the key events recorded in the Bible (1866).
The inspiration of Scottsdale Mint’s Biblical coins series designs is drawn directly from Gustave Doré’s Bible engravings. Scottsdale’s creative team did not seek merely to copy Doré’s originals to the coins. Rather, remaining true to the originals, they transformed each scene into the new medium of high-relief, antique-finish, silver coinage. Their work is nothing short of breathtaking! This Biblical Series ‑ 2019 Samson Slays The Lion is an amazing example.
Follow this link to view plates of the entire set of 241 Bible illustrations engraved by Gustave Doré. You will be astounded!
Samson Slays the Lion
The theme of the coin is based upon the Biblical account as recorded in Judges 14:5-6 (NCV): “Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, as far as the vineyard near there. Suddenly, a young lion came roaring toward Samson! The Spirit of the Lord entered Samson with great power, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands. For him it was as easy as tearing apart a young goat.”
The obverse displays in high-relief antiqued finish the Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with inscriptions at the rim “QUEEN ELIZABETH II . NIUE TWO DOLLARS . 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER . 2019.”
The reverse also features in high-relief antiqued finish a depiction of the illustration by Gustave Doré, “Samson Slays a Lion” (Plate 62). It displays with incredible detail the scene as recorded in Judges 14:5-6. Doré’s illustration of the theme is magnificent! The design team at Scottsdale has once again captured not only the detail of the original Doré work, but the very soul of the artist’s work.You will not be disappointed in this fine piece.
- Biblical Series ‑ 2019 Samson Slays The Lion.
- The 1st release for 2019 of Scottsdale’s Biblical Series.
- Contains 2 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Struck in an incredibly stunning rimless, high-relief antique finish.
- Each 2 oz coin is packaged in a gift box patterned after a Bible.
- Includes a Certificate of Authenticity printed on an antiqued style paper with the Biblical text.
- Edge: Laser-etched serial number, from 1 to 1499, which matches the serial number found on the included certificate of authenticity.
Scottsdale Mint stands tall as one of the most highly regarded and globally recognized private mints in the industry. A U.S. based company, Scottsdale made an unflinching commitment to quality consistency in every step of their business and manufacturing processes. With ISO 9001 certification, they are prepared to bring together innovation, creativity, quality, and efficiency into their finished products. Investors in precious metals demand the finest and the Scottsdale hallmark provides the name and backing for peace of mind!
Scottsdale is often envied by their peers for some of the most stunning and unique series designs in the private sector. The impeccable skill of their creative staff is clearly displayed with each new coin released. Though other mints may envy, Scottsdale customers anxiously await each release of their favorite series! Their anticipation is never disappointed.
Scottsdale Mint has also established themselves in the global market. Providing creative design and minting services to smaller nations around the world, they produce those countries’ legal tender bullion coinage.
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