IOLA, Wis. (Jan. 12, 2012) – A 2-New Sheqalim coin from the Bank of Israel has been named Coin of the Year by Krause Publications.
The “Jonah In the Whale” silver coin was chosen the best of 10 individual category winners for coins minted in 2010 by an international panel of coin experts.
The coin’s obverse features the face value in Hebrew and English, the Israel State Emblem, “Israel” in Hebrew, English and Arabic, the mint year, the inscription “Jonah in the belly of the fish,” Jonah 2:1 in three languages, and Jonah in prayer. The reverse depicts the prophet Jonah praying from the belly of the whale: “Thy billows and thy waves passed over me … yet I will look again towards thy Holy Temple …”
“We would like to congratulate the Bank of Israel on the beautiful design,” said Coin of the Year coordinator Lisa Bellavin. “Its simplicity speaks volumes and invokes a little bit of wonder. It shows that where coin design is concerned, sometimes less can be more.”
About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wis., is the world’s largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books on collectibles, firearms and knives, automobiles, hunting and construction. Chet Krause, a long-time collector of coins, published the first issue of Numismatic News on Oct. 13, 1952, with nearly 1,000 readers. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as NumisMaster.com, the online coin price database.