sterling silver coin features an image of the Western Wall in old Jerusalem,
one of the holiest ancient places in Judaism. The coin highlights the Western
Wall as one of the great surviving wonders of the ancient world. The visible part of the Western Wall is 57
meters long and about 19 meters high. The coin uses selective colour to accentuate the limestone blocks of
the holy wall against the silver background.
The coin weighs about two thirds of an ounce of sterling silver, and has
tender value of $5 in Palau.
Mintage is limited to just 2,500 coins.
When Rome destroyed the Second Temple in 70
C.E., only one outer wall remained standing. The Romans probably would have
destroyed that wall as well, but it must have seemed too insignificant to them;
it was not even part of the Temple itself, just an outer wall surrounding the
Temple Mount. For the Jews, however, this remnant of what was the most sacred
building in the Jewish world quickly became the holiest spot in Jewish life.
Throughout the centuries, Jews from throughout the world made the difficult
pilgrimage to Palestine, and immediately headed for the Kotel ha-Ma'aravi
(the Western Wall) to thank God. The prayers offered at the Kotel were
so heartfelt that gentiles began calling the site the “Wailing Wall.”