Commemorative coin issued by the Bank of Israel wins Coin of the Year award in international competition

12.01.2012
 
Commemorative coin issued by the Bank of Israel wins Coin of the Year award in international competition
 
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The NIS 2 silver proof "Jonah in the belly of the fish" commemorative coin won the Coin of the Year award in the annual competition by Krause Publications, a US publisher of periodicals dedicated to hobbies and of books on numismatics collecting and various other subjects.
The coin was chosen as the best among 95 coins, which had been judged in over ten categories, including best silver coin, most popular coin, best contemporary event coin, most historically significant coin, best gold coin, most artistic coin, best trade coin, most innovative coin, and most inspirational coin. The selection was made by a panel of judges who are experts in the field, including writers, editors, and members of the American Numismatic Association. The judges met on October 7 and chose the 95 coins which reached the next stage (out of hundreds which were entered from around the world).
In the first round of the competition, the Israeli coin was picked as the winner in the most artistic coin category, and in the second round it was chosen as the coin of the year from among the ten category winning coins. The competition's organizers congratulated the Bank of Israel on the selection, saying that the design's "simplicity speaks volumes and invokes a little bit of wonder".
The "Jonah in the belly of the fish" coin is the sixteenth commemorative coin in the Biblical Art series issued by the Bank of Israel. The series has included coins such as, "Elijah in the Whirlwind", "Samson and the Lion", "And the Waters Were Divided", and others.
The winning coin was designed by Jerusalem's Gideon Keich (obverse) and Moshav Beit Gamiel's Aharon Shevo (reverse).
 

 
The reverse designed by The obverse designed by
Aharon Shevo Gideon Keich