The story of Noah’s Ark is one of the greatest narratives from the Christian bible. Noah’s adventure is commemorated on the 2014 1/2 oz Silver Armenian Noah’s Ark coins. This is the official silver bullion coin for the government of Armenia, though they are actually produced outside of the country. Each of these coins have been minted with .999 pure silver and have a denomination of 200 Drams.
In 2011, the Central Bank of Armenia first issued the Silver Armenian Noah’s Ark coin. The narrative of Noah’s Ark in the Christian bible is one of punishment and survival. God decided to punish mankind with a destructive flood, but chose Noah and his family as a group worthy of survival to restart humanity. Noah was given instructions to construct an ark of immense proportions, and directed to collect two of every animal on Earth. Noah’s family was spared to help rebuild society and the animal world.
Armenia has a deep connection to Christianity that few are aware of. The nation of Armenia was the first in the modern world to declare Christianity its official religion. Additionally, Mount Ararat was the resting place of Noah’s Ark when the flood waters receded. Prior to the 20th century, Mount Ararat was within the borders of Armenia.
The obverse side of the Noah’ Ark coin features the coat of arms for the nation of Armenia. The image is surrounded by the phrase “Republic of Armenia” in both English and Armenian. Additional engravings include the weight, purity, metal content, and year of minting for the coin.
The coin’s reverse has been minted with the image of Noah’s Ark floating on the flood waters, which is where the coin derives its name. In the distant background, the sun can be seen rising over a mountain range. In the immediate foreground, a dove flies off the coin with an olive branch in its beak. Engravings on this side include the phrase “Noah’s Ark” in English and Armenian.
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