In 2011, the Central Bank of Armenia issued a new one ounce silver coin commemorating Noah's Ark and Mount Ararat. Situated along the Armenian/Turkish border, Mount Ararat dominates the skyline of Armenia's capital, Yerevan, and has become an important national symbol for the small democratic republic. According to the Book of Genesis (8:4), Mount Ararat was the final resting place for Noah's Ark after the waters of the Great Flood receded.
Produced for the Central Bank of Armenia by the private German mint Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung (LEV), the coin's obverse features the Armenian national coat-of-arms which depicts an eagle and lion supporting a shield. The eagle and lion are both traditional symbols that were used by the first Armenian kingdoms more than 2000 years ago. Inscribed to the left of the eagle is the mint's hallmark.
Designed by Armenian artist Eduard Kurghinyan, the reverse depicts Noah's Ark floating upon the flood waters with a flying dove carrying an olive branch in the foreground and the twin peaks of Mount Ararat in the background. According to the Old Testament, it was the return of a dove carrying an olive branch that signaled to Noah that the flood had abated.
Struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver, the Armenian Silver Noah's Ark coin is part of an extremely limited mintage. Graded MS70 by ANACS, this finely crafted silver coin is sure to become a welcome addition your collection.
Weight: 31.103 g
Diameter: 38.5 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Composition: .999 Fine Silver