2 New Sheqalim Samson and the Lion


Country Israel
Type Non circulating coin
Year 5769 (2009)
Calendar Hebrew
Value 2 New Sheqalim
ILS = 0.56 USD
Metal Silver (.925)
Weight 28.8 g
Diameter 38.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 464
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Biblical art coin series: Samson and the Lion


The face value in Hebrew and English, the State emblem, the word "Israel" in three languages and the mint year.

שמשון והאריה שופטים כייד ,הי
شمشون والأسد ألقضاة ٥,١٤

2009 התשםייט

שקלים חדשים

Engraver: Ilan Hagari, Tidhar Dagan


The coin is graced with an artistic rendering of Samson wrestling with the fierce lion in the Philistine city of Timnat, in ancient Mesopotamian style typical of the Canaanite period. A stylized palm tree symbolizes the Land of Israel, where this scene took place.

Engraver: Ilan Hagari, Tidhar Dagan




Samson was a Nazarite, an ascetic, who abstained from worldly pleasures, including drinking alcohol and even cutting his hair. When Samson was on his way to meet the Philistine girl he wanted to wed, he encountered an attacking lion. The Lord gave him super human strength to fight and destroy it. Later, when on his way to his wedding, he observed bees producing honey in the carcass of the lion - an unexpected lesson in the vagaries of life and in the possibility of making something sweet from something quite the opposite.

Minted at the Utrecht's Royal Dutch Mint (The Netherlands) with the letter "מ" (Mem)  mintmark.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
5769 (2009) מ 2,800 התשםייט - Proof

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