Creation Ministries International seeks to give
glory and honour to the triune God of the Bible
as Creator, and to affirm the truth of the biblical
record of the real origin and history of the world
Part of this real history is the bad news that the rebellion of
the first man, Adam, against God’s command, brought death,
su;ering, and separation from God into this world. We see the
results all around us. All of Adam’s descendants are sinful from
conception (Psalm 51: 5) and have themselves entered into this
rebellion (sin). They therefore cannot live with a holy God, but
are condemned to separation from God. The Bible says that “all
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23)
and that all are therefore subject to “everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”
( 2 Thessalonians 1: 9).
But the good news is that God has done something about it.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life” (John 3: 16).
Jesus Christ the Creator, God the Son, though totally sinless,
took on human nature, so He could become our Redeemer.
Then He suffered, on behalf of mankind, the penalty of
mankind’s sin, which is death and separation from God. He
did this to satisfy the righteous demands of the holiness and
justice of God, His Father. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice; He
died on a cross, but on the third day, He rose again, conquering
death, so that all who truly believe in Him, repent (repentance
= a change of mind) of their sin and trust in Him (rather than
their own merit), are able to come back to God and live for
eternity with their Creator.
Therefore: “He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he
who does not believe is condemned already, because he has
not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God”
(John 3: 18).
What a wonderful Saviour—and what a wonderful salvation
in Christ our Creator!
If you want to know more of what the Bible says about how you
can receive eternal life, please email, write or call the o;ce near
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perhaps using Noah’s Ark could have
been a way for this Roman city to
acknowledge or honour its Jewish and/
or Christian citizens. 10 Given the city’s
mixture of Romans, Jews, Christians,
and many others, the history of Noah’s
Ark and how humanity descended from
the eight who exited it after the Flood
seems appropriate. It is actually the ideal
historical point from which to stress the
unity of such diverse people groups.
What’s on the coin?
The obverse of the coin (see images,
main heading) carries the image and
name of the Emperor, which obviously changes depending on the time
of minting, but the core features remain
essentially the same. On the reverse side
it depicts Noah and his wife inside the
box-shaped Ark with waves lapping at
the bottom of it. Noah’s name in Greek,
ΝΩΕ (Nōe), can be clearly read in the
middle of the Ark. On top of the Ark on
the right is the raven, and on the top left
is the dove with an olive branch in its
mouth. On the left side of the coin Noah
and his wife are again shown, standing
outside the Ark on solid ground with
their hands raised upwards to God in
praise. This important feature shows that
they recognized that God remembered
them (Genesis 8:1), bringing them safely
through the global Flood.
Of particular interest is the shape
used for Noah’s Ark on the coin, which
is clearly that of a chest—exactly what
the Greek word kibōtos (κιβωτός) means.
There is no element of the typical hydrodynamic boat shape or any tailfin added
to the design that is so often seen now.
The box/chest shape is very distinct in
all the earliest representations of Noah’s
Ark (see box p. 47).
Noah’s Flood was an important historical event, not only for the Jews and
Christians who lived in the city, but for
the Romans as well, whether they understood this or not. It shows their common
heritage and history, for they are all
descended from Noah and his family,
just as is everyone else today.
The history depicted on the coin
speaks of a fallen humanity descended
from Adam, God judging the world for its
sin by flooding it, and God remembering
Noah and keeping him safe throughout
the Flood, for which He received His
due praise. The New Testament indicates
that the Ark is a ‘type’ of Jesus (1 Peter
3: 20–21); coming to Him in faith and
repentance ensures salvation from God’s
judgment on sin. So the story on the coin
can be used by Christians to point people
to Jesus, the Saviour of the world.
References and notes
1. The British Museum, The origins of coinage;
britishmuseum.org. The first coins were
produced in the Kingdom of Lydia (
modern-day western Turkey), and were minted in
electrum, a naturally occurring mixture of
gold and silver.
2. Trebilco, P., Jewish Communities in Asia
Minor, Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge, p. 90, 1991.
3. The primary Greek translation of the Old
Testament, c. 250 BC.
4. This is recorded in book 1:320 of the
Sibylline Oracles, a collection of Greek
books thought to have been written in the
2nd or 3rd centuries AD.
5. Josephus, Antiquities, 12. 3. 4.
6. Cicero, Pro Flacco (In Defense of Lucius
Valerius Flaccus for extortion). The relevant
information can be found in section 68.
7. Collier, S., Noah’s ark in Roman Apamaea,
blogs.warwick.ac.uk, 3 August 2016.
8. Thonemann, P. and Price, S., The Birth of
Classical Europe: A History from Troy to
Augustine, Allen Lane, London, chapter 8,
9. Friedberg, A., Coins of the Bible, Whitman
Publishing, Atlanta, p. 44, 2004.
10. Trebilco, ref. 2, p. 87.