Thursday, February 10, 2011

Samson & Delilah Silver Coin Issued As Part Of "Famous Love Stories" Series

Mennica Polska have released the second in their endearing silver coin series dedicated to Famous Love Stories. The series, which kicked off with the most classic love story of all, that of Romeo and Juliet, moves to the Bible, and a tale of love and betrayal in the tragic coupling of Samson and Delilah.

Niue 2010 $1 Samson And Delilah Silver Proof

The story of Samson and Delilah comes from the Old Testament, Book of Judges, and tells the story of Samson, a Herculean figure granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans. Naturally this brought him many enemies, who would stop at nothing to get the secret to his power. As the story tells it, Samson meets Delilah and falls in love with her, but Samson's enemies entice Delilah with a horde of silver coins to discover the secret of his great strength. Delilah quizzes Samson, who at first gives playful, confounding answers, but his trust of Delilah gets the better of him and eventually he tells her that it is his hair that holds the key to his power. Delilah then gets a servant to cut all Samson's hair while he sleeps, which takes away his strength, allowing him to be captured.

This beautifully struck silver proof features a stylised design of Samson with head shaved, and Delilah beside him. The obverse carries the common design for the series.

Available now from Euro Collections International, the Samson & Delilah silver coin is supplied in a capsule with Certificate of Authenticity.

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