Israel – 2013 – 20 Sheqel – Shrine of the Book (PROOF)
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Metal Nominal Value I.S. Mint Mark Diameter
Gold.9999 Brilliant Uncirculated NIS 20 Star of David 32.0 31.1 (1oz) 3,600
The Shrine of the Book is part of the campus of the renowned Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in which the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient manuscripts are showcased and preserved. The unique shape of the Shrine of the Book, prominent in the Jerusalem landscape, is reflected in a pool of water that surrounds it. Designed by Frederick Kiesler and Armand Bartos, and inaugurated in 1965, the Shrine of the Book is an international landmark of modern architecture and the repository for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Aleppo Codex and other rare, ancient manuscripts.
The Shrine of the Book was originally built to house the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts dating from about 2,000 years ago, discovered in 1947 at Qumran by the Dead Sea. The white building was designed to symbolize the lids of the jars in which the first scrolls were found, while the corridor leading into the Shrine resembles the cave, where they were discovered. In the 1950s, the 10th-century Aleppo Codex, the most authoritative manuscript of the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible in existence, was brought to Jerusalem, and is now on view in the Shrine of the Book.