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The eighth 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 1,800.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Third issue of the "Gates of Jerusalem" series.
- Round is encapsulated and delivered in the official box of issue.
- Obverse: Front view of the Damascus Gate. Inscription in English and Hebrew, date, purity and weight below.
- 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 Damascus Gate from the Gates of Jerusalem series.
The Damascus Gate is considered the most impressive gate among the eight gates in the walls of Jerusalem that were built.
The gate was named after the northward route from the gate that led to Damascus. In Hebrew, it is called Nablus (Shechem) Gate for the same reason; the route passes northwards through Nablus.
Archaeological excavations have revealed gates from former periods beneath the Damascus Gate built in the Ottoman period; in the lower layer are remains of a first century BCE gate built by King Herod in the Second Temple period, and above are remains of the gate from the Roman period. In the early Muslim period, changes were made in the structure of the gate. In the period of the Crusaders, the gate was blocked and a new gate was constructed on a higher level, further north.
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