Described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Baptism of Jesus is one of the seminal moments in the life of Christ. While other major milestones in his life are up for debate among theologians, many agree that his baptism and crucifixion did in fact occur. Today, the 2017 2 oz Silver Baptism of Jesus Biblical Coin is available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of a beautiful Bible-themed display with Certificate of Authenticity.
- Thirteenth coin of the Biblical Series and first release in 2017!
- Mintage limited to 1,499 coins only!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of Two Dollars is fully backed by Niue’s government.
- Obverse includes Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
- Reverse depicts Gustave Dore’s artwork showing the Baptism of Jesus.
- Coins struck in high relief on rimless blanks with edge-lettering.
The three gospels of the Bible that capture the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist recount the event in parallel passages. In Mark and Luke’s account, the voice addresses Jesus by saying “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew’s account, however, has the voice addressing the crowd, “this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Gustave Dore’s illustrations for the Bible is the inspiration of the Silver Biblical Coin Series from Scottsdale Mint. Dore was a famous French artist, printmaker, illustrator, and sculptor who completed most of his works on wood engravings. His biblical illustrations were completed in 1866 and displayed in London in 1867.
On the reverse of the 2017 2 oz Silver Baptism of Jesus Biblical Coin you’ll find Jesus standing before John the Baptist in ankle-deep water. There is a ray of light coming down from above to Jesus’ head, and the figures in the background of the design are faceless shapes.
The obverse of all coins in the Silver Biblical Series features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty appears on the obverse of all British and commonwealth coins, but this particular design was in use from 1984 to 1997. This is the third-generation effigy of the Queen during her reign and was designed by Raphael Maklouf.
Each 2017 2 oz Silver Baptism of Jesus Biblical Coin is available to you inside of a display box rendered to replicate a Bible. Included is an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity. This number matches the laser-engraved serial number found on the edge-lettering finish of the coin.
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