This is the fourth release in the Scottsdale Mint Biblical Series showcasing dramatic scenes from the Bible. This coin has an unusual rimless design which allows the design to fill the entire field of the coin. The coin also features a wonderful, hand-finished antique patina that makes it appear as though it is an aged and treasured family heirloom. The rim of the coin matches the rest of the coin with it's weathered appearance, and has a laser-engraved serial number that matches the number on the antique-feeling certificate of authenticity.
The obverse has a Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. When Maklouf sculpted the effigy of the Queen used on UK circulating coins from 1985 to 1997 he was accused of sculpting the Queen "flatteringly young". The same comment could be applied today to this coin.
The reverse features an adaptation of Gustav Dore's 1866 engraving by sculptor D'Almeida Novissimo. The high relief features Moses standing above his people, about to break the Tablets of the Law after observing the Israelites flagrantly violating the Commandments. As with all of Dore's work, the atmosphere is dark and brooding.
This coin is the fourth in a series of six Biblical-themed coins to be released this year. It has a strictly limited mintage of only 1499, and is sure to sell out quickly.
This coin ships in a book-style case meant to resemble a 19th century bible.
|Raphael Maklouf (obverse) D'Almeida Novissimo (reverse)|
|A Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the words "Queen Elizabeth II Niue Two Dollars 2 oz 999 Fine Silver 2015"|
|A likeness of the Gustav Dore engraving of "The Ten Commandments" and the words "The Ten Commandments"|