OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The first of a six-coin series released in 2016, Daniel in the Lion's Den depicts God's faithful servant Daniel surviving a night with bloodthirsty lions engraved in 2 oz of .999 fine Silver.
As revealed in chapter 6 of Daniel in the Christian Bible, jealous men observed Daniel in an illegal act — prayer. Obliged to follow the law and punish any man petitioning any God or man beside the throne, the king guiltily had Daniel cast into the lion's den. When the king returned the next morning, he found Daniel miraculously unharmed — an angel of God had protected him.
The scene, as depicted in Gustave Doré's 1860s wood engraving, "Daniel in the Den of Lions," is the inspiration for the U.S.-based Scottsdale Mint's latest Silver coin. With deliberate detail, the coin features Daniel safe among several fierce but peaceful lions.
"The Daniel in the Lion's Den coin follows the original series' theme of hope and mercy triumphing over darkness," APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. "Appropriately enough, a portion of proceeds from purchases of this series will support a faith-based human rights organization, the International Justice Mission (IJM). The non-profit operates all over the world to combat grave injustices, including brutality and illegal detention, like the coin illustrates."
With a limited mintage of 1,499 coins, Daniel in The Lion's is a collector's item. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of the coin, its minting specifications and a unique serial number that matches the laser-etched number on the coin. The certificate also features Doré's artwork the design was based off. The Scottsdale Mint issues the coin by the authority of the island of Niue, where it is legal tender.
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