Silver Two Ounces 2022 Biblical - Samson and the Gates of Gaza, Coin from Niue - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2022 Biblical - Samson and the Gates of Gaza, Coin from Niue
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2022 Biblical - Samson and the Gates of Gaza

Niue, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar is the circulation currency for daily transactions, while the government also authorises legal tender coins in the Niue Dollar currency for collector's purposes.

A number of mints issue a large variety of commemorative, bullion and collector coins under the authority of Niue. These coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Niue itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - for example, two ounces of silver (abbreviated as 2 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). Many of these features characters and themes from legends, mythology or religion, such as this one.

This coin is part of the Biblical Series by Scottsdale Mint and features the Biblical story of Samson and the Gates of Gaza.

Samson was an Old Testament hero and one of the judges of Israel. He governed the country for twenty years, at a time when it was being terrorised by the Philistines. One day, the Philistines discovered that he was staying overnight in the city of Gaza, in the house of a prostitute. They decided to ambush him and waited by the city gate, planning to kill him at dawn. But Samson rose in the middle of the night and in a feat of strength, removed the huge city gates from the wall and carried them away, up to a hill near Hebron.

The image of Samson removing the gates of Gaza later became a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ. This is because like Samson, he rose in the middle of the night and cheated death. The gates of Gaza were also considered symbols of the gates of hell, which Christ had conquered by rising from the dead.

The coin has a Proof-Antiqued finish and comes in a Bible Gift Box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity with the number matching the serial number inscribed on the edge of the coin. The designs on both sides are "rimless" (there is no border around them, so the design can extend to the edge of the coin).

The designs of the series are based on Bible illustrations in Romanticism style by the famous French artist Gustave Doré (1832 - 1883).

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,499
Obverse
Niue / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Biblical - Samson and the Gates of Gaza - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait", by Raphael David Maklouf).

The designer's initials are usually incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation when this portrait is used, but they are not displayed here.

Around above, the monarch's legend: QUEEN ELIZABETH II. Around left, the country name and the face value: NIUE TWO DOLLARS. Around right, the precious metal content: 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER (two ounces of 99.9% silver).

Around below, the date of issue 2022.

Obverse Inscription NIUE TWO DOLLARS QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2 oz 999 FINE SILVER 2022
Reverse
Niue / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Biblical - Samson and the Gates of Gaza - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the Biblical scene of Samson carrying the gates of Gaza on his back.

Around below, the inscription reads SAMSON AND THE GATES OF GAZA.

The design is based on Gustave Doré's 1866 engraving by the same name.

Reverse Inscription SAMSON AND THE GATES OF GAZA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique.
Packaging: in special Bible-like box.
Date of issue: December 2022.

See also

Coins in the Biblical Series include:
- 2 oz Silver, Adam and Eve, 2016
- 2 oz Silver, The Death of Abel, 2017
- 2 oz Silver, Destruction of Leviathan, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Jacob Wrestles the Angel, 2017
- 2 oz Silver, The Deluge, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Noah's Dove, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, The Tower of Babel, 2023
- 2 oz Silver, Samson Slays the Lion, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Samson and the Gates of Gaza, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Death of Samson, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Moses on the Nile, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Exodus, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, The Firstborn Slain, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, The Ten Commandments, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, Chariot of Fire, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, David and Goliath, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, Rebuilding The Jerusalem Temple, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Ezekiel's Vision, 2016
- 2 oz Silver, The Fiery Furnace, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Daniel in the Lion's Den, 2016
- 2 oz Silver, Birth of Jesus, 2016
- 2 oz Silver, The Three Wise Men, 2017
- 2 oz Silver, Baptism of Jesus, 2017
- 2 oz Silver, Temptation of Jesus, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, John the Baptist, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, The Good Samaritan, 2016
- 2 oz Silver, Parable of the Prodigal Son, 2023
- 2 oz Silver, Cast the First Stone, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Calms the Sea, 2017
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Walking on the Sea, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus in the Synagogue, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Healing the Sick, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Resurrection of Lazarus, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Entering into Jerusalem, 2023
- 2 oz Silver, Cleansing The Temple, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Praying in the Garden, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, The Transfiguration of Jesus, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, The Last Supper, 2016
- 2 oz Silver, The Judas Kiss, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Delivered to be Crucified, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Crown of Thorns, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Jesus Scourged, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, Nailing Christ to the Cross, 2017
- 2 oz Silver, The Crucifixion, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, The Dead Christ, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, The Ascension, 2018
- 2 oz Silver, Descent of the Spirit, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Saint Paul Shipwrecked, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, The New Jerusalem, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, The Crowned Virgin, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, The Pale Horse, 2015

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Silver Two Ounces 2022 Biblical - Samson and the Gates of Gaza: Details
CountryNiue
CurrencyNiue Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz), Mythical Characters
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,499
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.0000 mm
Mass62.2000 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-LRYP-ENXQ
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