1958 (5718) "Menorah" 5 Lirot. KM-21. DAV-258. Obv: A seven-branched candelabrum, the State Emblem of Israel. Rev: The denomination "5" with the date "1958/5718" in Hebrew and English. "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic with "Israel Lirot" in Hebrew. Scarcer proof issue with only 2000 minted. NGC PF-65.
A pair of coins, Ex. Danny Kaye Collection (Purchase from the Israel Government as a Proof); Ex. The Brody Family Collection.
The first commemorative coin issued by the Bank of Israel, struck to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the State. The Menorah is one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith. It is the chosen symbol of the nation of Israel and referred to as "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6). Synagogues display the Lamp and is known as the "Eternal Flame".
1963. Israel. 5 Lirot issues for the 15th Anniversary of the State of Israel. Design Zvi Narkiss (Obverse), Yitzhak Behar (Reverse). The Italian State Mint, Rome, La Zecca. KM#39. 34mm, 25gr. Coin commemorates the Jewish mariners from the times of King Herod to the present. Obv: The smokestack and part of the superstructure of a modern steamship, and in the background the Bay of Haifa and Mount Carmel. On the base of the smokestack, the face value "5" and beneath it, "Israeli Lirot" in Hebrew. Around the upper border, the word "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic and mint year "5723-1963" in Hebrew and English. An ancient ship with the Hebrew inscription "Fifteenth Year of Israel's Freedom.". Rev: In the center a reproduction of the ancient galley found in the tomb in Jerusalem. From the mast hangs a rig and from it, many sails. The galley has thirteen oars, the tiermen protected by six parapets. There is a forecastle and tower in front. Below the fore, an extended battering ram. The aft has a rudder, underneath which, in ancient Hebrew script: "Fifteenth year of Israel's Freedom". The Proof coin is struck with a small Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom and on the coin's edge the Hebrew inscription "Fifteenth Year of the State of Israel". Only 4,495 coins were minted in proof condition with this one the finest by any grading service. Lovely iridescent toning. NGC PF-67 Cameo.
Hebrew seafaring was already well advanced in the time of the First and Second Temples. Jewish coins struck in the Hasmonean period bear evidence to this. Coins struck In the coastal cities in Hasmonean times, featured anchors. Coins struck by Herod (37 - 3 BCE) featured ships in addition anchors, probably to celebrate the founding of Caesarea. The ancient Hebrew galley depicted on the 15th anniversary coin was taken from a likeness found in Hasmonean tomb from the period of the Second Temple.
1967. 10 Lirot. Victory Commemorative, Six Day War. 37.15mm. KM-49. Mintage: 50,420. Obv: The Western Wall. Around the lower border, to the right, the date of its restoration to Jewish worship, in Hebrew "28th day of lyar 5727" and "1967" in English. Rev: In the center, the emblem of the Israel Defence Forces, against a stylized star. Around the upper border, between the rays of the star, the word "Israel" in Arabic, Hebrew and English. Around the lower border, the face value"10 Israeli Lirot" in Hebrew. PCGS PF-68.
The Victory Coin was issued to mark the victory of the Israel Defence Forces in the Six Day War, June 5-11, 1967. "Those were days of awesome splendour," said Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to the Knesset on June 2,1967. "Our nation will remember them for generations. They were days to uplift man and his spirit, the entire nation was marshaled to fight for its life and hopes. Everyman knew his duty; he carried out his assignment; attended to his post. Thus, victory was ours"
1968. "Jerusalem" 1968/5728. KM-51. 37mm. Mintage: 20,501. The Bank of Israel issued the “Jerusalem” coins to commemorate the reunification of the Old City and mark the event of the State’s 20th Anniversary. Obv: The coin displays a panoramic view of the reunified City of Jerusalem. The State Emblem appears at left. The Gold coin with the inscription in Hebrew, "Twentieth Year of the State of Israel." Rev: A copy of the silver seal of the Bar Kochba revolt appears in the center of the coin. The inscription in Hebrew, "Israeli Lirot" with the date "5728-1968" in Hebrew and English. The word "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English, at the right of the columns with the denomination "100" or "10". The Silver Proof coin is identified with a small Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom rim. PCGS PF-67.
In June, 1967, under the command of Uzi Narkiss, Israel Defense forces repelled the Jordanian offensive and then quickly moved to reunite the Old City of Jerusalem. On June 28, 1967, Israel formally declared Jerusalem reunified under its sovereignty.