Many events from the Bible are interpreted differently between those of the Jewish faith and those of Christian faith. Even those among the Christian faith have different interpretations of what occurs in some gospel stories. One of the most interesting is the account of Jacob wrestling an angel. Right now, the 2017 2 oz Silver Jacob Wrestles the Angel Biblical Coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of a Bible-themed display with Certificate of Authenticity.
- Fifteenth design of the Silver Biblical Series and third coin released in 2017!
- Mintage limited to 1,499 coins only!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of Two Dollars backed by the government of Niue.
- Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy on the obverse.
- Jacob locked in battle with an angel on the reverse.
- Laser-engraved serial numbers on the edge of each rimless blank.
Each of the 2017 2 oz Silver Jacob Wrestles the Angel Biblical Coins ships inside of a Bible-themed box for perfect display in your collection. The included Certificate of Authenticity has a serial number that matches the laser-engraved production number found on the edge lettering of each individual coin.
The account of Jacob wrestling the angel is recorded in the earliest books of the bible, specifically in Genesis 32:22-32. Time has done little to clear the minds of theologians and biblical scholars when it comes to this story however, with the identity of Jacob’s opponent hotly debated. Up for consideration are a dream figure, a prophetic vision, an angel, a protective river spirit, Jesus, or even God.
Jewish interpretations of the clash have Jacob wrestling the guardian angel of his elder twin brother, or God. In either case, the hip injury Jacob suffers in the battle led to Jews being prohibited from eating the meat tendon attached to the hip socket. Christian’s Martin Luther and John Calvin both believed Jacob wrestled God, though Calvin believed it was merely a vision not an actual event.
In either case, the reverse of the 2017 2 oz Silver Jacob Wrestles the Angel Biblical Coin captures Gustave Dore’s depiction of Jacob as he has both hands locked with an angelic figure. Both appear to be wrestling for superiority, though neither has the upper hand.
On the obverse of the Silver Jacob Wrestles the Angel Biblical Coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy on this coin comes from Raphael Maklouf in 1984. This third-generation depiction of the Queen was on circulation coinage from 1984 until 1997.
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