Commemorative Coins

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.

5 Lirot. 34mm. KM-48. Commemorating  the 10th  anniversary of the opening of the Port of Eilat. Israel's "Gateway to the South." Mintage: 7,720. Obv: A Lighthouse behind a seawall and a swirl of water. The seawall is formed by the word "Eilat" in Hebrew letters. Around the rim, the inscription in Hebrew, "A Decade of Eilat's Port." Rev: The word "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic with the dates "1967/5727" in Hebrew and English. In the center, the denomination "5 Israeli Lirot". The edge of each coin is inscribed in Hebrew, "Nineteenth Year of the State of Israel." NGC PF-68 Cameo.

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"

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