BAR 7:05, Sep/Oct 1981
An Ancient Coin Depicts Noahs Ark
Early association established between Turkish Ararat and Noahs landing place
New evidence for the antiquity of the tradition associating Mt. Ararat in Turkey with the landing place of Noahs Ark comes to us in the form of a unique coin on display at the Israel Museum. This large bronze medallion was struck 1700 years ago at Apameia Kibotos in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) near the mountains of Ararat where, it is said, Noahs Ark came to rest after the flood.
This coin, depicting the events of the story of Noahs Ark related in Genesis 68, is the only coin-type known to bear a Biblical scene.
Apameia Kibotos was a Phrygian city established by Antiochus I (280261 B.C.) who named it after his mother, Apameia. At that time, there were at least two other cities in the region named Apameia, one in Bithynia (northern Turkey) and the other in Syria. The addition of the word kibotos, which means ark in Greek, differentiates this particular Apameia from the others.