|The Dead Sea is a combination of unique geological and geographical conditions which renders it a natural phenomenon and one of the most striking wonders of the world.
Some interesting facts about the Dead Sea:
* It is situated at the lowest point in the world, 420m below sea level, in the Jordan Rift Valley
* It Is the deepest lake in the world, with a high degree of salinity (in Hebrew it is called the "Salt Sea").
* It is rich in minerals, especially potash and bromine, which are extracted by the Dead Sea Works
* It has therapeutic and healing properties and attracts thousands of people who come for treatment
* It is surrounded by breathtaking scenery with salt cliffs, weathered into incredible shapes
* Due to its high density waters, it is hard to swim in its waters but easy to float on them.
* It lies in a region with a unique wildlife
* It has attracted the development of an important tourist industry
* It Is located in the center of a region rich in Biblical history and archeology.
The Dead Sea waters today are shrinking fast because the intake is much less than the water lost, as a result of high evaporation and the activity of man. The southern part of the lake has already completely dried up and become an area of salt deposits. The costly Dead Sea Project which is to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, planned together by the Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, aims at producing energy, fresh water and further development of tourism.
Minted at the Utrecht's Royal Dutch Mint (The Netherlands) with Star of David's mintmark.|