Commemorative Coins

1958/5718. Israel. John Pinches, London. 38mm. Mintage: 10,000. Government-Approved Medal issued by Tenth Anniversary World Committee (Precursor to State Medal) to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Liberty of Israel. 1st State Silver Medal Judea Capta / Israel Liberata - Rare 10th Anniversary of Independence (1948-1958). Obv: A Roman soldier with helmet and shield stands next to a palm tree. To the right of the tree, a mournful female figure dressed in a toga has laid down her shield, with the inscription in Hebrew: THE DISPERSION OF JUDEA. Rev: A Woman of Judea waves a sheaf of corn next to the palm tree familiar from the Roman coin. Instead of an armed soldier, an Israeli pioneer beside her carries a hoe, surrounded by the inscription. ISRAEL LIBERTA TEN YEARS FOR THE FREEDON OF ISRAEL. NGC MS-67.

Israel Liberata, a medal issued in 1958 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel, contradicts the message of Judea Capta. One side of the medal reproduces a variation of the Judea Capta coin: A Roman soldier with helmet and shield stands next to a palm tree. To the right of the tree, a mournful female figure dressed in a toga has laid down her shield. The Hebrew words at the top of the outside border translate "the Dispersion of Judea" and the rest of the border is embellished by chains. On the reverse side of the coin, the palm tree is flanked by two Israeli pioneers. In place of the words "Judea Capta" are the words, "Israel Liberata." The outside band reads "Ten years for the freedom of Israel." On the other side of the coin, the Woman of Judea waves a sheaf of corn next to the palm tree familiar from the Roman coin. Instead of an armed soldier, an Israeli pioneer beside her carries a hoe. The words inside the rim, encircled by ten stars of David, read Israel Liberata , and in Hebrew, "Ten years for the freedom of Israel."

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".

1959. 5 Lirot. "Ingathering of the Exiles".  Mintage: 4,721. A commemorative coin issued for Israel's 11 years of statehood, in honor those who had returned to the Land. The eleven dancers that grace the coin represent the eleven years of Statehood. Obv: A circle of dancers with the Hebrew inscription, "Thy children shall come again to their own border" (Jeremiah 31:17). Rev: The denomination "5" with the "dates "5708-5719" and "1948-1959" in Hebrew and English. "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic with "Israel Lirot" in Hebrew. Proof.

1960. 5 Lirot. Israel's Third Silver Anniversary Coin which was issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl. KM-29. 34mm. Mintage: 34,322. Obv: A portrait of Theodor Herzl in the upper right. The state emblem appears at the bottom with the inscription in Hebrew, "It is no legend". Rev: The large Numeral "5" and the Hebrew inscription, "Israeli Lirot.". PCGS MS-68.

 

Theodor Herzl, (1860-1904), was an Austrian journalist and playwright and the chief leader of the Zionist movement. The movement's aim was to set up a Jewish national home in Palestine. Herzl was born in Budapest, Hungary.

The growing problem of anti-Jewish feeling in Europe, increased by the Dreyfus case in France, attracted Herzl's attention. He saw that European Jews had failed to gain social equality even when they had become politically free. He then advanced the idea of gathering the scattered Jews into a country and a nation of their own. His motives were economic and social, rather than religious. Herzl's Jewish State, published in 1896, attracted many people to the Zionist cause, including Max Nordau and Israel Zangwill. In 1897, Herzl presided over the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

1961. 5 Lirot. The 13th Anniversary of the State of Israel. Commemorative coin with the theme of the Bar-Mitzvah. An important event in the life of a young Jewish boy, when he reaches his thirteenth birthday he is 'Bar Mitzvah'. The literal meaning is "commandment age" or "son of the commandment". Historically, it is the ceremonial occasion that marks the time when a young man is recognized as an adult in the Jewish community. In the ceremony, the young boy leads the synagogue service by chanting the blessings, the Torah and Haftarah portion of the week. The celebration often includes the preparation of a special meal to commemorate the affair. It is a special time for family, friends and the community. Obv: A Holy Ark with the Hebrew inscription "Bar-Mitzvah". Rev: An olive branch with 10 leaves and 3 olives representing 13 years of Statehood. "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic with the anniversary dates "1961/5721" in Hebrew and English. The denomination "5" and the Hebrew inscription "Israeli Lirot." The Proof coin is struck with a small Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom right beside the steps to the Ark. UNC.

1962. A 5 Lirot commemorative coin that spotlights the industrial development of the Negev Desert. Mintage: 5,000. Obv: A power shovel with the desert in the background. The inscription in Hebrew, "Israel Shall Blossom. "The Proof coin is struck with a small Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom right. Rev: Industrial equipment to the right. The word "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic appears with the dates "1962/5722" in Hebrew and English. The denomination "5" and the Hebrew inscription "Israeli Lirot.". Proof.

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.

1966. Issued to commemorate the 18th Anniversary of the State of Israel. KM-46. 34mm. Mintage: 32,394. Obv: The inscription in Hebrew, "Am Israel Hai", which translates "The People of Israel Lives On." Around the rim, in Hebrew, "18 Years of the State of Israel". Rev: The inscription "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic with the dates "1966/5726" in Hebrew and English. At the bottom, the denomination "5 Israeli Lirot". The edge of each coin is inscribed in Hebrew, "Eighteenth Year of the State of Israel." PCGS MS-66.

 

This 5 Lirot coin celebrates "Chai" which in Hebrew means both the number "18" and "Life". The fulfillment of the commandments, a wishful and hopeful reference to life, "Israel Lives On".

 

1967. 5 Lirot. Port of Eilat. Israel's 19th Anniversary of Independence Coin. MIntage: 30,158. Obv: A large numeral "5", representing the face value, spreads across the coin surface. To the left, is the currency "Israeli Lirot" in Hebrew. In the lower curve of the "5", in the lower right-hand-side of the coin, engraved is the word "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic and the mint year "5727-1967" in Hebrew and English. Rev: The Hebrew inscription, around the upper border, "A Decade of Eilat's Port". Beneath, a stylized lighthouse, the seawall, roof line and gate of the lighthouse together form the Hebrew letters of "Eilat". PCGS MS-68.

 

Three thousand years ago King Solomon's merchant ships sailed from the Port of Eilat. Over centuries Eilat changed hands many times as nations wished to rule it because of its importance as a gateway to Africa and the Far East but in the process, Eilat became a desolate area. Israeli sovereignty over Eilat was renewed in the wake of the War of Independence. At the end of 1956, the Sinai Campaign freed Eilat from its blockade. This marked the beginning of the rapid development of Eilat. After a number of years it was granted the status of a city and its port became Israel's outlet to Africa and the East.

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.

1969. "Shalom" commemorating the 21st Anniversary of the State and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the struggle for independence. It was a year of hope for Peace between the State of Israel and the Arab countries. Mintage: 19,878. Obv: The coin displays the word "SHALOM" in Hebrew in the center of the coin. The denomination "10" Lirot around the rim with the date "1969/5729" in English and Hebrew. Rev: The inscription in the center of the coin, "But No Man Knoweth His Place of Burial" (Deuteronomy, 34:6). The words are positioned to resemble the battlefield monument of the "Unknown Soldier". An olive branch with an army helmet in the background at the lower right. The Proof coins identified with a small Hebrew 'mem' at the right of the helmet. Proof.

1969. Israel. 1 Lira. 27.5mm. KM-47. Copper-Nickel. Obv. Three stylized grenadine fruits, state emblem (menorah flanked by olive branches). Rev: Value, 2 stars (image from early coins at about 103 B.C. Alexander Jannaeus). Beautifully toned specimen. NGC MS-65.

10 lirot. 23rd Anniversary of Independence of Israel. Science in Israel. Coin to commemorate the development of the science-based industries in Israel. Mintage: 29,982. Obv: The image of a molecule in motion. The inscription, "Science in the Service of Industry" around the rim. Rev: The denomination "10 Israeli Lirot". Below, the atomic reactor building at Nahal Sorek, with the date "5731-1971" in Hebrew and English. "Israel" inscribed in Hebrew, English and Arabic around the rim. The uncirculated coin was issued by both the Utrecht Mint and the Jerusalem Mint. (No Star and Star variety.) The first coin to carry the six-pointed "Star of David" to identify the uncirculated strikes of the Jerusalem Mint. (Star at the left of the building). The edge of each coin is inscribed in Hebrew, "Twenty-third Year of the State of Israel.

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1974/5735. 25 Lirot. 1st Anniversary - Death of David Ben Gurion. KM-79.2. 37mm with reeded Edge. Special Proof Coin Issue with mintage: 64,153. Beneath the Israel State Emblem, the Hebrew letter "Mem". Obv: A likeness of Ben Gurion and the words "David Ben Gurion" in Hebrew and English. Rev: In the center the Israel State Emblem with the word "Israel" in Hebrew at the base. Around the upper border, the face value in Hebrew, 25 Israeli Lirot. Beneath, "Israel" in English and Arabic and the mint year "5735-1974". Designer:  Obverse: The likeness - Andre Lassere (from a portrait by A. Bernheim - Jerusalem). Reverse and Inscription -Zvi Narkiss. NGC PF-67 Cameo.

 

David Ben-Gurion came to Palestine in 1906 and worked as a farm laborer. He was banished from Palestine during the First World War and arrived in the U.S., which was then still neutral. Together with his colleague Yitzhak Ben Tsvi, he mobilized a battalion of volunteers, ready to fight on the side of the Allies. He arrived in Palestine as a member of the Jewish Legion, serving with the British "Royal Fusiliers". For 14 years, beginning in 1921, he served as head of the Hebrew Federation of Labor in Palestine. He was Chairman of the Jewish Agency 1935-1948. During the Second World War he set the policy: To fight beside Britain against Hitler and, at the same time, to increase the tempo of Jewish immigration and to extend the limits of settlement. Following the War he demanded the immediate establishment of a Jewish State - known as the Baltimore Program, and led the "Haganah" political struggle against the British Mandatory Power. On May 14, 1948, he proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. On May 26, 1948, he established the Israel Defense Force. As Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, he led the nation during the War of Independence and the Sinai Campaign. Rich in credits for helping build the country and defending it, he settled, at the twilight of his career, in Sdeh Boker, a Kibbutz in the Negev, an area which he, the visionary, sought to develop thereby creating a new reality.

1975. 25 Lirot. Mintage: 39,887. This coin was issued by the Bank of Israel to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Israel Bond Organization. An investment in Israel's future, motivated by the solidarity of it's people and the confidence in it's economy. Obv: A multiplied image of the "Star of David", in the center. The inscription around the rim, "25 Years State of Israel Bonds" in Hebrew and English. Rev: The denomination of "25" or "500" Lirot with the state emblem below. Around the rim, the inscription "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic, and the date "1975/5735". The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom. The Gold Proof coin mintmarked at the upper right. PCGS PR-67.

1977. Israel. 25 Lirot. Pidyon Haben. KM-89.1. Mintage: 32,089. 36mm.  Obv: Value above menorah flanked by sprigs. Rev: Artistic star-like design. NGC PF-68.

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