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The eight gate, known as the Golden Gate or Mercy gate, remains closed. It is said that the gate will be opened miraculously when the Messiah comes and the dead are resurrected.
- Limited mintage of 3,600.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Second issue of the "Gates of Jerusalem" series.
- Medal is encapsulated and delivered in the official box of issue.
- Obverse: Depicts the Lion's Gate, inscription in English and Hebrew, date, purity and weight.
- Reverse: Stylized sketch of the Gates of the Old City in the Walls of Jerusalem, border inscription in English and Hebrew "Gates of Jerusalem", Holy Land Mint logo below.
- Guaranteed by the Holy Land Mint of Israel.
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The Gates of Jerusalem have become an icon of the holy city and an attraction for tourists from all over Israel and the world. Start your journey through the city's history with the Jaffa Gate, the inaugural release of the Gates of Jerusalem series.
Lion's Gate, one of the eight gates in the Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, is situated in the eastern wall, close to the Moslem Quarter, facing the Mount of Olives. The Lion's Gate got its name from the two sculpted lions that decorate either side of the gateway. It is said that at the time of Ottoman rule in the Land of Israel, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent requested that the lions be sculpted, following his dream in which he was warned that if he did not defend the city of Jerusalem by building a wall around the city, he would be devoured by lions. He built the Lion's Gate in 1538-1539.
Among other names, the Lion's Gate is also known as "Jehoshaphat Gate", as it faces the Valley of Jehoshaphat, the Kidron Valley.
The Paratroop Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces entered the Old City of Jerusalem through Lion's Gate, when they liberated the Western Wall in the Six Day War.
The Holy Land Mint Israel Coins & Medals Corp. (ICMC) was established in 1961. They stand true to their stated objective of "commemorating significant historic, national, social, scientific, and cultural achievements of the State of Israel." The Holy Land Mint specializes in commissioning, designing, minting and distributing unique Gold and Silver products which reflect the unique character of Israel’s past, present and hoped-for future.
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