Israel “David Playing for Saul” Gold and Silver Coins Launched

March 11, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Israel Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

March 10, 2014 By Michael Alexander (

The Bank of Israel have issued a new set of coins which continue the “Biblical Art” series first launched in 1995. This year’s set, the 18th in the on-going series, features the story of “David playing for King Saul”. The new coins carry the year “2013” and include two gold and two silver issues.

The story of David is remembered during the time of the Judges, the Philistines were a constant menace to the people of Israel and they asked the Prophet Samuel for a King. Saul, who was the son of Qish from the Tribe of Benjamin was chosen, and described as “a choice young man and handsome….taller than any of the people” (I Samuel 9:2). Saul’s kingship lasted for two years and during this time, Israel was torn by war against the Philistines. Further to this, he was commanded by God through Samuel to wage war against Amalek. Saul, however, instead of exerting his authority as king, listened to the people, who urged him to have mercy on Amalek. Thus began his downfall for not obeying the word of God and for not obeying, Samuel took the kingship away from him.

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For more information on coins offered by the Israel Coins and Medals Corp, please visit their website at: Information offered in Hebrew and English – international orders dispatched.

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