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Precious Metals of the Bible

Precious Metals are referenced throughout the Bible and used in various contexts throughout biblical history. Whether used for trade, currency or to construct buildings, Precious Metals played an important role in the biblical period. Silver and Gold are mentioned more often than other Precious Metals, but metals like Copper have played their role as well. From Genesis to Revelation, the uses of Gold and Silver have been varied, but they all have a place in ancient times because of their complexity, meaning and use. “Even in biblical times then, tangible wealth, as opposed to spiritual wealth, has always resided in Gold, and Silver. Throughout recorded history, Gold and Silver have been actual wealth.” (Gold Eagle)

Gold and Silver Uses in the Biblical Period

The earliest mention of Gold was found in Genesis, referring to Havilah, a land rich in Gold and onyx. Gold's value was high in biblical times because of its rarity and shimmering beauty, much like today. It was so lightweight that transporting it was a simple task and it was easily used as trade sources. Silver was also used in several instances throughout biblical history for trade and jewelry.

Ancient Israelite and Egyptian rulers had large stores of Silver and Gold. Wealth in Precious Metals was a sign of political and economic stability and a statement of power, both spiritually and physically. There was a connection of Gold and Silver to the minds of men: “And, by means of such correspondence, and only so, could the carnal and sensuous Israelites be kept in any connection with spiritual life. And so, by direction of the Lord, Gold and Silver, representing celestial and spiritual things, were largely used for sacred articles employed in worship, in the tabernacle and in the temple.” (Science of Correspondences) This powerful use of Gold and Silver became much more explicit in the use of Precious Metals in the creation of important historical works of architecture like the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple of Solomon. Even in more modern times (AD), Gold and Silver were used to fill in as décor for the temples and places of worship. (Gold Eagle)

Other uses of Gold and Silver in the biblical era:
  • The Tabernacle, constructed by Moses, utilized Gold and Silver for use as sheets and overlays.
  • King Nebuchadnezzar, popularly known as the king during the time of Daniel in the Lion's Den, created a golden image of his liking that stood 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide, approximately 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. It was a sign of showing his wealth as king ruling over his people.
  • One famous story from The Last Supper is that of Judas, the man behind the ultimate betrayal of Jesus, sold out for 30 pieces of Silver.

In today's time, the use of Gold and Silver is every bit as important as it was in the days of Moses and Abraham. Even though we are out of the biblical era, we can relive some of the memories and events in the Bible through Bible coins and other commemorative pieces.

Silver Bible Coins and Bible Commemorative Coins

Today, one can buy Silver Bible coins and Bible commemorative coins that re-magnify the major events of the Bible. Buy Bible coins and Bible bars at APMEX where you can find a vast selection of Bible commemorative coins and Silver Bible coins.

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