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“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12)
Is it not incredible that this momentous announcement from Heaven came to poor and simple shepherds, not to the rich and famous reclining in their palaces? It is believed by many that the shepherds were watching their sheep through the night because theirs was a special fold reserved only for the unblemished sheep used for the temple offering; special attention was to be given that no wild beasts could harass or kill them. How fitting, then, that the angels would appear to these few shepherds to announce the actual birth of the Lamb of God.
The majesty of this occasion was overpowering to the shepherds. No wonder that they “came in haste” to the manger, and left “glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen.” (Luke 2:16-20)
This special coin captures the spirit of this holy occasion, showing an angel surrounded by rays of glory making the proclamation to the fearful shepherds, surrounded by their sheep. This coin is minted in bronze, brushed with an antique finish. It is “splash minted” using special dies that provide deep relief and beautiful detail. The reverse has a large area appropriately sized for a special Christmas message. It is decorated with a twig of Christmas holly and a happy “Merry Christmas.”