Chapter V
State Medals
&
Official Medals
Page 1
1958 - 1965

 

1958

 

LIBERATION
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE 1948-1958

Government-Approved Medal issued by Tenth Anniversary World Committee

(Precursor to State Medal)
1958 / 5718

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

XXXALLOYXXX

Ø
XMM
X

WT.
XXGR.
XX

EDGE

&

XXXXXXXXXMARKINGSXXXXXXXXX

XXXXMINTXXXX

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

1A.1

issued by 10th Anniv. World Committee

5718

1958

silver

38

30

ISRAEL GOVERNMENT APPROVED ISSUE 1948-1958 (E)

John Pinches, London

10,000

 

40.00

1A.2

5723

1963

gold

27

15

10,000

 

750.00


"Judea Capta" sestertius of Vespasian, struck in 71 AD to celebrate the victory in the Jewish Revolt.

Note the different spelling of the word IVDEA (Judea), here without the letter A.

Even though the official IGCMC-issued "Liberation I" medal (see next medal, cat. # 1) is considered to be Israel's first Government-issued State medal, Israel's real first medal was most probably minted slightly prior to the establishment of the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation, also celebrating Israel's Tenth Anniversary of Independence 1948-1958. This medal was issued by the Tenth Anniversary World Committee and its design differs distinctly from the Government-issued "Liberation I" medal. This first medal, a precursor to Israel's State medals, lacks the words "State of Israel" and the State emblem on its edge, and its edge inscription reads: ISRAEL GOVERNMENT APPROVED ISSUE 1948-1958.

 

The obverse shows an Israeli worker holding a hoe over his right shoulder, and a woman carrying a sheaf of corn, both standing under a seven-branched palm tree with two clusters of fruit. The text around the rim reads "A decade of freedom for Israel 5718 [1958]". In contrast to the Liberation I medal, the word "Jerusalem" is added below the palm tree.

The reverse depicts a Roman coin struck by Emperor Vespasian in 71 AD on the occasion of the conquest of Judea. On the left stands Vespasian the victor and on the right a mourning Hebrew sits under a palm tree. The text on the Roman coin reads IVDAEA CAPTA (Judea captured). The letters S.C. stand for "Senatus Consultum" (by order of the Senate). The Hebrew text near the rim reads "Judea in exile 3830 [70 AD]". To the left and right are chains, symbolizing captivity and bondage.

First State sponsored medal, several patterns struck.

Before deciding on the final design of this first-ever officially sponsored and minted medal, several patterns were struck by John Pinches of London. Rejected trial strikes are known to exist in copper and silver-plate with diameters of 27 mm, 42 mm, 43 mm and 45 mm. The patterns pictured here have a diameter of 43 mm (top) and 27 mm (bottom).

 

LIBERATION I
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE

State Medal
1958 / 5718


Cat. # 1.2, 1.3 &  # 1.8
plugs on obverse

Cat. # 1.5

uniface

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

XXXALLOYXXX

Ø
XMM
X

WT.
XXGR.
XX

EDGE

&

XXXXXXXXXMARKINGSXXXXXXXXX

XXXXMINTXXXX

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

1.1

15000617

5718

1958

copper

61

105

smooth

Emanograph

25,000

00,015.00

Kretschmer

1.2

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

?

with plugs on obv.

80.00

1.3

unlisted

copper s-p*

61

105

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

?

incl.

with plugs on obv.

*silver plated, edge markings same as bronze & tombac

---

1.4

15000594

5721

1961

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Zechovoy

533

 

70.00

1.5

unlisted

5721

1961

cu-ni

61

64

smooth

?

5?

uniface

500.00

1.6

25000619

5721

1961

silver .935

61

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Zechovoy

2,980

without plugs, numbered up to 1386

140.00

1.7

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER (E), ser. #

Hecht

without plugs, numbered from 1387

140.00

1.8

25000619

5721

1961

silver .935

61

115

Both versions

Hecht & Zechovoy

included

with plugs on obv., not numbered

180.00

1.9

25000350

5721

1961

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Zechovoy

4,778

40.00

1.10

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER (E), ser. #

Hecht

40.00

1.11

35000611

5723

1963

gold .9166

61

160

2

Ordered by Foreign Ministry

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"Judea Capta" sestertius of Vespasian, struck in 71 AD to celebrate the victory in the Jewish Revolt.

Note the different spelling of the word IVDEA (Judea), here without the letter A.

The Liberation I medal is Israel's first State medal, issued in 1958 to commemorate the nation's 10th Anniversary of Independence. The medal symbolizes two extremes. Its reverse remembers the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD, the subsequent end of the existence of the people of Israel as a sovereign entity, and the beginning of an almost 1900 years long Diaspora. The medal's obverse celebrates Israel's rebirth as a free nation in 1948.

 

The obverse shows a farmer planting a tree and a woman holding her child, under a seven-branched palm tree with two clusters of fruit. The text around the rim reads "A decade of freedom for Israel 5718 [1958]".

The reverse depicts a Roman coin struck by Emperor Vespasian in 71 AD on the occasion of the conquest of Judea. On the left stands Vespasian the victor and on the right a mourning Hebrew sits under a palm tree. The text on the Roman coin reads IVDAEA CAPTA (Judea captured). The letters S.C. stand for "Senatus Consultum" (by order of the Senate). The Hebrew text near the rim reads "Judea in exile 3830 [70 AD]".

 

An unknown number of bronze 59 mm and silver 61 mm medals have on their obverse two distinct punch marks. These result from the fact that medals continued to be minted from dies that had been invalidated by drilling two holes in them. The projections left on the medals were then removed and the medals polished, leaving crude punch marks and sometimes polish marks as well. In numismatic jargon these punch marks are called "plugs". Some medals show more than two "plugs". The medal depicted here has one plug on the left and a double plug on the right, a relatively common occurrence. Although not clearly visible, crude polish marks appear diagonally above the kneeling man's head.

 

* The silver plated copper version with plugs is undocumented, and its origin is therefore uncertain; most probably unofficially silver plated at a later stage.

 

VALOUR
State Medal

1958 / 5718


Two reverse varieties exist

Left: The top and bottom Hebrew letters Lamed are linked together.

Right: The top and bottom Hebrew letters Lamed are separated by a distinct dividing line.

Restruck with AINA emblem on reverse, presented to AINA tour participants in 1980; matte finish

Cat. # 2.6

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

2.1

15001590

5718

1958

copper

59

134

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H)

Emanograph

46,905

7.00

2.2

15001590

5728

1968

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

10,532

8.00

2.3

15001354

5731

1971

bronze

35

27

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Hecht

100

issued to AINA Israel tour participants in 1971

50.00

2.4

25001356

5719

1959

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H)

Emanograph

22,947

19,900 minted

40.00

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), STERLING (E)

Hecht

balance

2.5

unlisted

 

 

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H+E)

 

 

matte finish

60.00

2.6

15001354

5731

1971

silver .935

35

30

smooth

 

125

AINA emblem on rev., presented to 1980 AINA tour participants; matte finish

80.00

2.7

25001592

5722

1962

silver .935

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), ser. #

Emanograph

2,942

numbered up to 1010

140.00

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), ser. #

Kretschmer

numbered from 1011

The Valour medal was issued to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The medal honors the valor of those who fought for a free Jewish nation, from the early days of the Yishuv until the War of Independence.

 

The medal's obverse depicts the Roaring Lion memorial at Tel Hai in Upper Galilee, commemorating the heroism of Joseph Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. The biblical passage "For the builders everyone had his sword girded by his side" (Nehemiah 4:12) symbolizes the necessity for the IDF to be ever vigilant.

On the reverse appears the emblem of the IDF, a sword entwined by an olive branch. The biblical quote reads "Peace be within thy walls" (Psalms 127:7).

 

1959

B'NAI B'RITH CONVENTION IN JERUSALEM

Official Medal

1959 / 5719


Cat. # 3.3 reverse with dedication in English.

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

3.1

15002619

5719

1959

copper

61

103

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

3,039

shiny finish

8.00

Zechovoy

matte finish

3.2

unlisted

5719

1959

copper

61

100

smooth

Kretschmer

included

shiny finish

12.00

3.3

18002618

5719

1959

bronze

61

100

smooth

Kretschmer

100

with dedication in English on reverse, issued to convention participants only

200.00

Zechovoy

97

3.4

25002352

5721

1961

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Zechovoy

2,208

120.00

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

 

The World Jewish Order of B'nai B'rith ("Sons of the Covenant") is the oldest continually operating Jewish service organization in the world. It was founded in New York City by Henry Jones and 11 others on October 13, 1843. The organization is engaged in a wide variety of community service and welfare activities, including the promotion of Jewish rights, assisting hospitals and victims of natural disasters, awarding scholarships to Jewish college students, and opposing anti-Semitism and racism.

 

The 1959 convention medal depicts on its obverse a Menorah - a seven-armed candelabrum - the organization's emblem.

The reverse of the medal sold to collectors shows the official 10th Anniversary of Israel's independence logo.

The version presented to convention participants has on its reverse a dedication in English.

TEL AVIV 50TH ANNIVERSARY

State Medal

1959 / 5719

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

4.1

15003592

5719

1959

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Emanograph

9,899

6.00

4.2

unlisted

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H)

included

 

?

4.3

25003358

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

7,217

40.00


The first auction of plots on the sandy wastelands north of Jaffa (1909).

The city of Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 by a group of Jewish residents of Jaffa, who purchased a large tract of sand dunes to the north of Jaffa port. The name Tel Aviv ("Hill of Spring") was taken from the title of Theodor Herzl's utopian book Altneuland and freely translated into Hebrew by Nahum Sokolow, a Zionist leader, writer, translator and journalist, himself a resident of the first modern Hebrew-speaking city. Today Tel Aviv may only be second to Jerusalem in population and size, but it is by far Israel's most important economical, financial and cultural center. In 1959 Tel Aviv celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

 

The medal's obverse is dedicated to the humble beginnings of Tel Aviv in 1909, the waves of the Mediterranean against the backdrop of barren sand dunes. The biblical quote around the rim reads "Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end will greatly increase" (Job 8:7).

The reverse shows a schematic rendition of Tel Aviv anno 1959, a large and prosperous city.

 

FIRST INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION

Official Medal

1959 / 5719

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

5.1

15007619

5719

1959

copper

61

120

plain

Kretschmer

200

thick planchet
100 minted
awarded to participants

100.00

5.2

61

100

Zechovoy

thick planchet
100 minted
awarded to participants

100.00

5.3

15007596

5720

1960

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Zechovoy

1,360

thin planchet
not sold, presented free of charge to qualifying IGCMC customers

75.00

Hecht

5.4

unlisted

5720

1960

bronze

59

120

plain

?

?

thick planxhet

120.00

5.5

59

95

thin planchet

120.00

5.6

25007352

5721

1961

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Zechovoy

1,884

180.00

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

 

The harp, one of the oldest known musical instruments, features prominently in the Bible. King David, the poet king, was an ardent harp player.

 

The medal's obverse shows a figure of King David playing a harp.

On the reverse appears the word Harp in Hebrew, with the Hebrew letter B shaped like a harp. The text and dedication are in French.

 

Edge markings exist in different sizes and depths.

1960

 

HADASSAH

State Medal

1960 / 5720


Cat. # 6.1, 6.3, 6.4 & 6.6 - obverse without text, reverse with English inscription below building (generic type)

Cat. # 6.2 - obverse with English dedication


Cat. #  6.6 & 6.7 - reverse without English inscription below building


Varieties in details on obverse:

Left: Cat. # 6.4, 6.6 & 6.8 - arms of nurse showing
Right: Cat. # 6.5 & 6.7 - arms of nurse not showing.

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

6.1

15004598

5720

1960

bronze

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

3,151

 

8.00

6.2

18003591

5720

1960

bronze

59

115

500

English dedication on obverse

80.00

6.3

15004598

5726

1966

tombac

59

98

2,393

 

12.00

6.4

24004354

5720

1960

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Zechovoy

4,740

Obverse: arms of nurse showing.
Reverse: English inscription below building.

200.00

6.5

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

Obverse: arms of nurse not showing.
Reverse: English inscription below building.

6.6

25003357

5721

1961

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Zechovoy

1,312

Obverse: arms of nurse showing.
Reverse: without English inscription below building.

250.00

6.7

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

Obverse: arms of nurse not showing.
Reverse: without English inscription below building.

6.8

?

?

?

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Zechovoy

included

250 silver medals without silver content on edge.

280.00

The Hadassah hospital in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Kerem was opened in 1960. Its previous location at Mount Scopus was cut off from the Jewish part of the city after a massacre in April 1948 when 77 staff members lost their lives. After independence in May 1948, during the 19 years Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan, the Mount Scopus facility - an Israeli demilitarized enclave in Jordanian East Jerusalem - stood empty, except for a small contingent of Israeli policemen. From 1960 until 1975, when the Mount Scopus hospital reopened its doors, Hadassah Ein Kerem was Jerusalem's major hospital. Then, as well as today, the Ein Kerem branch of the Hadassah Medical Center is regarded as a world-class medical facility, the most advanced in Israel.

 

The obverse of the Hadassah Inauguration medal shows in its incused area a nurse holding an infant in her arms.

The medal's reverse depicts the Hadassah hospital at Ein Kerem,

The medal comes in a multitude of varieties; with or without the nurse's arms visible on its obverse, without or with obverse dedication, with or without English inscription on its reverse, as well as several edge inscription varieties.

 

BAR KOCHBA

State Medal

1960 / 5720

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

7.1

15005594

5720

1960

bronze

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

15,000

 

8.00

7.2

15005594

5736

1976

tombac

59

98

Kretschmer

683

 

30.00

Hecht

 

7.3

25005596

5721

1961

silver .935

59

113

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

2,962

through # 2065

140.00

7.4

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), STERLING (E), no ser. #

Kretschmer

52 medals not numbered

7.5

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

Hecht

from # 2066

7.6

25005350

5721

1961

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), STERLING (E)

Kretschmer

4,700

 

40.00

In 1960, an archaeological expedition working in caves in the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea, discovered a bundle of papyrus, containing letters written by Simon Bar Kochba. Between 132 and 135 AD Bar Kochba led the the second Jewish revolt against the Romans. The Bar Kochba letters are viewed by archaeologists and historians as documents of major historical significance. Professor Yigal Yadin, who led the expedition (and was also in charge of the Massada excavations) later gave an account of the discovery of the Bar Kochba letters in his work "Bar-Kochba": "From a crevice in a canyon near the Dead Sea where it had lain for almost two thousand years came a woman's bag. From the bag came a fragile bundle of papyri inside which were wrapped four wooden slats. And as the excited archaeologists stared incredulously at the strips of wood, one name blazed out at them ... Bar-Kochba."

 

In the middle of the medal's obverse is an incuse in the form of an opening to a cave. Against the backdrop of the Judean desert an archaeologist is hauling up his colleague on a rope ladder.

On its reverse, in the incused center, a bundle of Bar Kochba's letters is depicted. Below is (somewhat altered rendition of) a coin from the Bar Kochba era, showing a palm tree. The inscription in ancient Hebrew around the upper rim reads "Simon Bar Kochba - President of Israel".

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Official Medal

1960 / 5721

Cat. # 8.1 common obverse, and without dedication on reverse.

Reverse with dedication from left to right:

Cat. # 8.2 dedication in English.

Cat. # 8.3 with name of recipient added.

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

8.1

15006590

5721

1960

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,239

 

12.00

8.2

18004597

400

English dedication on reverse

80.00

8.3

English dedication with name of recipient on obverse

350.00

8.4

?

tombac

59

100

?

Not listed in IGCMC records

60.00

8.5

25006356

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Zechovoy

1,600

 

150.00

The 15th congress of the International Union of Local Authorities met in Israel in 1960.

 

The obverse of the medal depicts the emblem of the congress, a stylized key incorporating a candelabrum and the Roman numeral XV. Interestingly, the the candelabrum is not a seven-armed Menorah, Israel's State emblem, but a nine-armed Hanukka lamp. Whether this design deviation is related to the fact that the congress was held in the second half of November, in close proximity to the Hanukka festival, remains an open question.

The medal's reverse shows the State emblem.

The congress delegates were presented with a version that has on its reverse a dedication by the Minister of the Interior. Some medals include the name of the recipient.

1961

 

PENTECOSTAL CONFERENCE

Official Medal

1961 / 5721

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

9.1

15005592

5721

1961

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,809

 

13.00

9.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

100

120

 

50.00

9.3

unlisted

5721

1961

bronze sp*

59

120

?

*silver plated

60.00

Pentecostalism is a spiritualist Christian movement seeking to revive the ethical concepts contained in the New Testament.

The Pentecostal Fellowship held its 6th world conference in Jerusalem, in Mai (sic) 1961.

 

The medal's obverse shows a wreath of leaves and plants, the emblem of the Pentecostal Fellowship, as well as a Star of David. Below appears the biblical verse "For out of Zion shall go the Law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3). The words Zion and Jerusalem are in Hebrew.

The reverse shows the State emblem of Israel and a dedication with a major typo.

 

INTERNATIONAL PRESS INSTITUTE - IPI

Official Medal

1961 / 5721

Common obverse

Reverse from left to right:

Cat. # 10.1 & 10.2 dedication without the letter A

Cat. # 10.3 & 10.4 dedication with the letter A added

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

10.1

15005958

5721

1961

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,458

 

10.00

10.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

100

120

 

120.00

10.3

18005593

5721

1961

bronze

59

120

500

letter A after French dedication on reverse, presented to participants

75.00

10.4

unlisted

?

?

tombac

59

98

?

?

The International Press Institute held its tenth convention in Tel Aviv in 1961. The IPI thrives for a free press throughout the world and fights for freedom of information and the right of journalists to obtain information, and seeks to maintain respect for the press.

 

On the medal's obverse appears the IPI logo and text.

The reverse depicts Israel's State emblem and a dedication in French. Th reverse has two varieties, without and with the letter A ("to") at the end of the French dedication.

BNEI BERAQ MUNICIPALITY

Official Medal

1961 / 5721

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

11.1

15010599

5720

1960

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,750

 

12.00

11.2

15010599

5727

1967

tombac

59

100

250

 

70.00

11.3

35010593

5721

1961

gold .9166

59

140

?

5

Bnei Beraq municipality: 2 medals
Or Yehuda Yeshiva: 3 medals

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Following the destruction of the Second Commonwealth in 70 AD, Bnei Beraq became known as a center of Torah study. The modern city of Bnei Beraq was founded in 1924 by Hassidic Jews from Poland. Today it is a major religious center, with numerous Yeshivot, Torah study centers.

 

On the obverse of the medal appears the emblem of Bnei Beraq.

The oldest biblical reference to Bnei Beraq, "And Yehud and Bnei Beraq and Gath Rimmon" (Joshua 19:45), appears on the reverse, below the State emblem.

 

BAR MITZVAH I

State Medal

1961 / 5721


Common obverse design of all types, except cat. # 12.11

Two reverse varieties

Left: small tribes

Right: large tribes

Cat. # 12.11 - obverse Hebrew letter "Kaf" variety

Cat. # 12.12 & 12.13 - keychain produced with cat. # 12.9, 12.10 & 12.11

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

12.1

15011595

5721

1961

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

13,469

Reverse small tribes

25.00

12.2

15011595

5727

1967

tombac

59

100

Kretschmer

6,416

Reverse small tribes; 2,536 minted

30.00

tombac

59

100

Hecht

Reverse small tribes; 1,580 minted

tombac dust

59

100

Mishkei

Hanegev

Reverse small tribes; 2,300 minted

12.3

18013598

5721

1961

bronze

59

120

Kretschmer

1,000

Reverse large tribes

50.00

12.4

15011456

5731

1971

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), 1971-5731, ser. #

Kretschmer

10,214

Reverse large tribes

20.00

12.5

25011597

5721

1961

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

2,979

Reverse small tribes

140.00

12.6

25011351

 

5721

 

 

1961

 

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

9,993

Reverse large tribes; 6,079 minted

40.00

12.7

Zechovoy

Reverse large tribes; 3,000 minted

12.8

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

Hecht

Reverse large tribes; 914 minted

75.00

12.9

25011199

5721

1961

silver .935

19

3

reeded

Kretschmer

12,890

Without letter "Kaf" on obverse; reverse large tribes; 

11,524 minted

15.00

12.10

Government Mint

Without letter "Kaf" on obv; reverse large tribes; 1,366 minted

12.11

25011199

Both Mints

Letter "Kaf" added to obverse; reverse large tribes; Included in above mintages

15.00

12.12

60139990

Both Mints

In keychain; obverse without letter "Kaf"; included in above mintages

30.00

12.13

60139990

Both Mints

In keychain; obverse with letter "Kaf" added; included in above mintages

30.00

12.14

25011458

5731

1971

silver .935

45

47

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), 1971-5731, ser. #

Kretschmer

8,375

Reverse large tribes

40.00

12.15

35011272

5721

1961

gold .750

27

15

reeded

Kretschmer

6,959

Reverse large tribes

600.00

12.16

35011222

22

8

6,212

320.00

12.17

35011191

19

5

6,633

230.00

In ancient Judaism, a boy who turned 13 would become Bar Mitzvah (a person to whom the commandments apply), meaning that according to Jewish law he had reached the age of majority and had become responsible for his actions. In modern Jewish practice, Bar Mitzvah strictly has a religious meaning. Upon having reached his 13th birthday, the boy is ceremoniously called up to his first Torah reading, and only from that moment onward he has become a full-fledged member of the congregation. For instance, a boy who has passed his 13th birthday is counted towards a Minyan, a quorum of ten adult males required for certain religious obligations such as a synagogue service or public prayer. In modern Israel, as well as in almost all other nations, the legal age of majority is 18, and Bar Mitzvah has merely become a festive ceremony celebrated by both religious and secular Jews.

 

The obverse of the Bar Mitzvah I medal shows a boy reading from a Torah scroll laid out on a Bimah (Torah reading podium). The Hebrew text reads "At thirteen to the fulfillment of the Mitzvoth" (Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers 5:21).

The medal's reverse shows the emblems of the Twelve Tribes of Israel arranged in the shape of a flower, with the State emblem in the center. The Hebrew text around the rim reads "Thirteen years to the State of Israel", and the English translation "Bar Mitzvah of the State of Israel".

 

The Bar Mitzvah I medal has two distinct reverse varieties. In the "small tribes" type, the image containing the tribes and State emblem is small, leaving a large empty area between the image and the text around the rim. The "large tribes" type has the tribes covering almost the entire reverse, almost touching the text around the rim.

The obverse "Kaf" variety applies to silver 19 mm medals only. Because of the the existence of identically-sized (19 mm) gold medals, silver 19 mm medals could easily be gold plated and pass as genuine gold medals, notwithstanding the weight difference. As this discovery was made only after an initial batch of silver 19 mm medals had already been sold to the public, and it had already become public knowledge that one or more unscrupulous dealers were selling fake gold plated silver medals as "genuine" gold medals, a second variety was hastily introduced, with the Hebrew letter "Kaf" added to the base of the podium on the obverse. "Kaf" is the first letter of the Hebrew word "Kessef", Silver. Nevertheless, gold plated silver medals with the added "Kaf" clearly visible, are also known to exist and occasionally offered for sale to unsuspecting buyers as "genuine" gold medals. Incidentally, "Kessef" also means Money...

 

PABLO CASALS

Version I

Official Medal

1961 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

13.1

15012591

5722

1961

bronze

59

113

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,209

No dedication on reverse

15.00

13.2

tombac

59

95

90

60.00

13.3

25012593

silver .935

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

1,116

200.00

13.4

25012357

35

30

1,837

150.00

Pablo Casals (1876-1973) was one of the outstanding cellists of the twentieth century. The third International Violoncello Competition was held in Jerusalem, and was personally attended by Pablo Casals.

 

Both versions of the medal shows Casals holding a cello. Version I, sold by the IGCMC to the public has an incused area. Several other obverse design differences between both varieties are clearly visible.

The reverse of the commercially sold medal depicts a half-hidden cello, behind a panel with State emblem, without dedication.

 

Remark: The IGCMC records mention 1962/5722 as the year of issue. whereas the competition was held - and medals were offered for sale and presented - in the the fall of 1961 (the Hebrew year 5722 is correct).

 

PABLO CASALS

Version II

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1961 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

13A.1

18006599

5722

1961

bronze

59

113

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

150

Dedication on reverse, presented to competition participants

150.00

13A.2

tombac

59

95

299

120.00

13A.3

28006591

silver .935

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

20

?

Pablo Casals (1876-1973) was one of the outstanding cellists of the twentieth century. The third International Violoncello Competition was held in Jerusalem, and was personally attended by Pablo Casals.

 

The obverse of both versions of the medal shows Casals holding a cello. Version II, presented to participants in the competition, does not have an incused area. Other obverse design differences between both varieties are clearly visible.

The reverse depicts a half-hidden cello behind a panel with State emblem, and this version has a dedication added.

 

Version II was exclusively presented to participants in the contest.

 

Remark: The IGCMC records mention 1962/5722 as the year of issue. whereas the competition was held - and medals were offered for sale and presented - in the the fall of 1961 (the Hebrew year 5722 is correct).

SECOND INTERNATIONAL BIBLE CONTEST

State Medal

1961 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

14.1

15013597

5722

1961

bronze

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,113

 

12.00

14.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

98

144

 

90.00

14.3

25013599

5722

1961

silver .935

59

105

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

1,143

 

180.00

14.4

25013583

35

30

1,906

 

150.00

14.5

35013591

5722

1961

gold .9166

59

140

?

1

Awarded to winner of contest

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The International Bible Contest is a worldwide competition on the Jewish Bible held in Jerusalem and sponsored by the Israeli government. The early competitions were held in the late fall, but soon thereafter date of the venue was changed to Independence Day in April or May.

 

The obverse of the medal shows a jar holding Dead Sea scrolls, a scroll and the State emblem.

The reverse depicts an ancient oil lamp showing a Menorah relief. The biblical quote reads "Oh, how I love thy law" (Psalms 119:97). The same verse also appears in ancient Greek, based on the Septuagint.

 

KADMAN NUMISMATIC MUSEUM

Official Medal

1961 / 5722


Common obverse design


Reverse:
Cat. # 15.1 & 15.2 bronze medal with rim inscription "Inauguration October 1961"
Cat. # 15.3 silver medal with rim inscription "Dedication April 1962"

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

15.1

15015599

5721

1961

bronze

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,758

 

10.00

15.2

?

tombac

59

100

?

Not listed in IGCMC records

25.00

15.3

25015355

5722

1962

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

2,000

 

100.00

The Kadman Numismatic Museum, inaugurated in 1961, is now part of the Eretz Israel Museum complex in Tel Aviv and subsequently renamed "Kadman Numismatic Pavilion".  The pavilion is named after Leo Kadman, former president of the Israel Numismatic Society, who donated his entire numismatic collection - some three thousand items - to the museum.

 

The common obverse of the medal show a top-down view of the museum's exterior.

The reverse of the bronze medal commemorates the museum's inauguration in October 1961 (5721), and the silver medal the dedication in April 1962 (5722).

1962

 

WORLD COUNCIL OF SYNAGOGUES

Official Medal

1962 / 5722

Cat. # 16.3 bronze medal with recipient's name inscribed on rev.

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

16.1

15016595

5722

1962

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,435

 

9.00

16.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

96

134

 

50.00

16.3

unlisted

5722

1962

bronze

59

113

?

With name of recipient on rev., not listed in IGCMC records

60.00

The World Council of Synagogues was founded in 1957, with the aim to unite all conservative synagogues worldwide. The Council's first congress was held in 1962, in Israel.

 

On the medal's obverse, in a large incuse circle appears the emblem of the World Council of Synagogues, an 18-pointed star, containing the biblical quote "Come, let us walk in the light of the lord" (Isaiah 2:5).

The reverse has a rectangular incuse with the Hebrew text "Presented by the Office of the Prime Minister to the participants in the first convention of the World Council of Synagogues in Zion.

Some medals have an individual recipient's name inscribed on the reverse.

MODEL WORKER IN THE TOURIST INDUSTRY

GOVERNMENT TOURIST CORPORATION

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1962 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

17.1

16001593

5722

1962

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

505

Dedication: "Presented by the Government Tourist Corporation"

80.00

17.2

unlisted

silver .935

59

113

?

400.00

17.3

36001199

gold .750

19

5

reeded

380

250.00

The "Prize for the Model Worker" Medal was minted to be awarded to people whose efforts have contributed much towards the development of tourism in Israel. The first issue in bronze and gold was minted in 1962 for the Government Tourist Corporation. The second issue, bronze only, was minted in 1966 for the Ministry of Tourism.
 

On the obverse appears the legend "Prize for the Model Worker in the Tourist Industry", the State emblem and Tourism Ministry emblem (a cluster of grapes, based on: "And two carried it on a pole" (Number 13:23). On the rim is the legend "Presented by the Government Tourism Corporation".
The reverse depicts cupped hands holding grapes, orange, pomegranate and a cup of wine.

 

SHAVIT ROCKET I

State Medal

1962 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

18.1

15014593

5722

1962

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,266

 

12.00

18.2

unlisted

bronze s-p*

59

120

incl.

*silver plated, edge markings same as bronze

25.00

18.3

25014595

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

1,126

 

150.00

18.4

25014359

35

30

as above, but not ser. numbered

1,998

 

120.00

 In 1961 Israel successfully launched a rocket for meteorological exploration, designed built and launched by Israeli scientists, engineers and technicians. The rocket, named "Shavit II" weighed a quarter of a ton and reached a height of 80 km (50 miles).

 

The obverse of the medal shows a rocket soaring from a Menorah towards a star-studded sky, with the biblical verse "There shall come a star from Jacob" (Num. 25:17) on its left.

The medal's reverse depicts devices for utilizing solar energy in space, the atom symbol and an olive twig.

 

The silver plated bronze version is undocumented, and its origin is therefore uncertain; almost certainly unofficially silver plated at a later stage.

SHAVIT ROCKET II

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1962 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

19.1

26002591

5722

1962

silver .935

59

118

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Emanograph

580

450 minted

180.00

19.2

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

130 minted

300.00

In 1961 Israel successfully launched a rocket for meteorological exploration, designed built and launched by Israeli scientists, engineers and technicians. The rocket, named "Shavit II" weighed a quarter of a ton and reached a height of 80 km (50 miles).

 

The obverse of the medal shows a rocket soaring into the sky from Israel, and the biblical verse "There shall come a star from Jacob" (Num. 25:17).

The medal's reverse depicts in an incused square the State medal, the words "presented to", the signature of David Ben Gurion, and his name and function of Prime Minister.

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS

Official Medal

1961 / 5721

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

20.1

15017591

5722

1962

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,050

 

10.00

20.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

96

134

 

50.00

The American Jewish Congress aims to defend Jewish rights in the USA and elsewhere, to fight antisemitism, to defend the principle of human rights for all without regard to ethnic, religious and racial origin. In addition to its loyalty to the United States, the AJC emphasizes the need to be concerned with the welfare and development of the State of Israel. In 1962 the AJC held its convention in Jerusalem.

 

The medal's obverse depicts the logo of the American Jewish Congress, the letters AJC forming of a Star of David with on top a traditional shofar, a ram's horn.

On the reverse of the medal, in a large incuse appears the emblem of the Government Tourist Corporation, two men carrying a large cluster of grapes.

 

SECOND MUSIC AND DRAMA FESTIVAL

Official Medal

1962 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

21.1

15018597

5722

1962

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,551

 

15.00

21.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

96

100

 

60.00

The 2nd Music and Drama Festival was held in 1962, to be incorporated from 1963 onward into the Israel Festival celebrated until today.

 

On the obverse of the medal appears the logo of the festival, as well as texts in Hebrew and English.

On the reverse in raised squares are depicted a harp representing music and the State emblem. In the rectangles below are the dedication and a mask representing drama.

 

SECOND INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION

Official Medal

1962 / 5722

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

22.1

15019593

5722

1962

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

4,497

 

12.00

22.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

96

441

 

30.00

The medal issued to commemorate the Second International Harp Competition shows on its obverse in a symmetrical incuse a royal figure holding a harp, symbolic of King David, an accomplished harp player. The Hebrew text around the raised edge reads: Second International Harp Competition, Jerusalem Elul 5762.

The reverse depicts a stylized modern harp, the French translation of the text on the obverse, dedication, as well as a small rectangular raised area intended for additional dedications.

LIBERATION II

State Medal

1962 / 5722

Restruck with AINA emblem on reverse, presented to AINA tour participants in 1981

Cat. # 23.8

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

23.1

15020594

5722

1962

bronze

59

116

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

6,161

 

12.00

23.2

unlisted

5722

1962

bronze s-p*

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

incl.

*silver plated, edge markings same as bronze & tombac

25.00

23.3

15020594

5727

1967

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

8,986

 

10.00

23.4

47501225

5725

1965

brass

22

9

reeded

10,000

Issued in bookmarks; IGCMC also lists approx. 8,000 minted

18.00

23.5

15020455

5741

1981

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

3,274

 

12.00

23.6

25020596

5722

1962

silver .935

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,693

 

150.00

23.7

25020350

5722

1962

silver .935

35

30

8,946

 

45.00

23.8

unlisted

5741

1981

silver .935

35

30

90

AINA emblem on rev., presented to 1981 AINA tour participants

65.00

23.9

unlisted

   

silver .935

22

   

In keyring

 

23.10

25020198

5722

1962

silver .935

19

3

reeded

10,060

 

15.00

23.11

5722

1962

silver .935

19

3

reeded

included

In keyring

25.00

23.12

35020698

5725

1965

gold .9166

59

140

reeded

6

Minted for President's and Prime Minister's Offices

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23.13

35020271

5731

1971

gold .750

27

15

reeded

1,310

 

600.00

23.14

35020221

5731

1971

gold .750

22

8

1,345

 

320.00

23.15

35020190

5731

1971

gold .750

19

5

1,335

 

230.00

23.16

35020352

5732

1972

gold .9166

35

30

reeded

2

Minted for President's & Prime Minister's Offices

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"Judea Capta" sestertius of Vespasian, struck in 71 AD to celebrate the victory in the Jewish Revolt.

Note the different spelling of the word IVDEA (Judea), here without the letter A.

The Liberation I medal, Israel's first State medal issued in 1958 to commemorate the nation's 10th Anniversary of Independence, had become a great success, prompting the IGCMC to mint a second revised version in 1962, now commonly known as Liberation Medal II. In contrast to the flat 1958 issue, this medal has a high artistic appeal with deep incuses and high-relief images.

The medal symbolizes two extremes. Its reverse remembers the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD, the subsequent end of the existence of the people of Israel as a sovereign entity, and the beginning of an almost 1900 years long Diaspora. The medal's obverse celebrates Israel's rebirth as a free nation in 1948.

 

The obverse shows a farmer planting a tree and a woman holding her child, under a seven-branched palm tree with two clusters of fruit. The text around the raised rim reads "Israel liberated 5708" in Hebrew and "Israel liberated 1948" in English.

The reverse depicts a Roman coin struck by Emperor Vespasian in 71 AD on the occasion of the conquest of Judea. On the left stands Vespasian the victor and on the right a mourning Hebrew sits under a palm tree. The text on the Roman coin reads IVDAEA CAPTA (Judea captured). The letters S.C. stand for "Senatus Consultum" (by order of the Senate). The Hebrew text near the rim reads "Judea in captivity 3830 [70 AD]".

 

Alike its predecessor, the Liberation Medal II became an instant success and was minted in a multitude of sizes, weights and alloys, and was used as Season's Greetings tokens encased in bookmarks.

 

* The silver plated bronze version is undocumented, and its origin is therefore uncertain; most probably unofficially silver plated at a later stage.

1963

 

UNITED JEWISH APPEAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Official Medal

1963 / 5723

Name of recipient inscribed on reverse

Cat. # 24.2

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

24.1

15021590

5723

1963

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Zechovoy

4,497

 

8.00

24.2

5723

1963

bronze

59

120

included

*Inscribed with recipient's name on rev.

50.00

24.3

5726

1966

tombac

59

98

300

70.00

24.4

25021592

5723

1963

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

764

 

140.00

The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was the chief fund raising instrument of the Jewish community in the United States until 1999, when it was incorporated into the United Jewish Communities (UJC), together with the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF), and United Israel Appeal, Inc. (UIA). Until then it combined the fund raising effort of the Joint Distribution Committee as well as that of the Israel United Fund. The combined appeal began its activities in 1939, a time when European Jewry was about to be faced with the Holocaust. Ever since, the Jewish Agency and the State of Israel have united in their historic task of rescuing Jews from the lands of oppression and settling them in Israel.
 

The obverse of the medal shows a schematic drawing of a ship from which new arrivals to Israel are disembarking. In the center, to the left, the verse: "Bring my sons ... and daughters from the end of the earth" (Isaiah 43:6). Around the rim, the English translation.

The reverse depicts the number "25" and the UJA emblem together with the words in English "years of rescue and rebuilding". To the right on a raised panel, the State emblem and underneath the English inscription "Presented by the State of Israel for leadership in the United Jewish Appeal". Below, on the right, the date "5723-1963".

 

* An unspecified and undocumented number of bronze medals were presented to individuals, whose names were inscribed on the medals' reverse.

REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR DEFENSE FORCES FALLEN

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1963 / 5723

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

25.1

16003598

5723

1963

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), Department for Commemorating the Soldier

Zechovoy

6,996

 

30.00

25.2

18012590

5729

1969

tombac

59

100

Hecht

1,190

 

60.00

In 1963, close to the 15th Independence Anniversary, a medal was issued to commemorate those who fell in the War of Independence. The medal was awarded by the Defense Ministry to the families of the fallen.

 

The obverse depicts a stylized olive branch. To the right, in a rectangle with rounded corners, the image of a kneeling man planting an olive tree and a woman holding an infant, that also appears on the Liberation medals issued in 1958 and 1962, and the words "Israel liberated" near the rim. To the left the words "In memory of the combatants who fell for her freedom, Ministry of Defense".

On the reverse is a chain symbolizing bondage, to the right the reverse of a Roman coin depicted on the Liberation medals flanked by the words "Judaea captive 3830 [70 AD]. To the left: Remembrance Day for the IDF fallen,5723 [1963]".

 

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE

Official Medal

1963 / 5723

Common obverse

Reverse:
Cat. # 26.1 inscription "Presented by the Minister of Education"
Cat. # 26.2 inscription "Presented by the Minister of Education to"

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

26.1

15022596

5723

1963

tombac

59

*100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,492

* Medal weight up to 135 gram

12.00

26.2

18007595

bronze

59

120

Zechovoy

496

Additional word "to" on rev.

80.00

The Jerusalem Biblical and Archaeological School of the Hebrew Union College is the more recent of the three institutes founded by the Reform Movement in Judaism. The Hebrew Union College, the oldest, was founded in Cincinnati in 1875. In 1950 Rabbi Stephen Wise caused the amalgamation of his Jewish Institute of Religion with the Hebrew Union College. The third institute was founded in Los Angeles in 1954. The institute in Jerusalem was founded by Professor Nelson Glick, famous archaeologist and biblical researcher who served as President of the College between 1971-1974. When the Nelson Glick Institute of Archeology and Bible Studies completed its building program in Jerusalem, it celebrated the occasion in the presence of its board of governors and other notables.

In the center of the medal's obverse is a raised panel on both sides a pattern of arabesques. On the panel, in raised letters, the initials HUC and JIR (standing for Hebrew Union College and Jewish Institute of Religion). Further down the inscription in English "Meeting of the Board of Governors, Jerusalem, March 24-31, 1963". Around the rim an inscription in Hebrew letters: "Hebrew Union College Biblical and Archaeological School", followed by the identical inscription in

The reverse shows a panel resembling the one on the obverse. In the center above, the State emblem. Beneath, an inscription in English "Presented by the Minister of Education". The bronze medals have the word "to" added.

 

WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING 20TH ANNIVERSARY

State Medal

1963 / 5723

Obverse varieties

Left: Right arm of statue is heavy - medals minted by Kretschmer & Zechovoy

Right: Right arm of statue is light - medals minted by Hecht

Reverse varieties

Second candle from right fills, and is attached to, the base - minted by Kretschmer & Zechovoy (see left image)

Second candle from right is detached from base which is empty - minted by Hecht (see right image)

Top of third candle from right does not reach flame - minted by Kretschmer & Hecht (see left image)

Top of third candle from right touches flame - minted by Zechovoy (see right image)

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

27.1

15023592

5723

1963

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

7,982

4,962* minted

10.00

Zechovoy

3,020* minted

27.2

15023592

5734

1974

tombac

59

95

Kretschmer

1,596

1,145* minted

15.00

Hecht

495* minted

27.3

25023594

5723

1963

silver .935

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Kretschmer

2,986

2081* minted; numbered 0001-0320, 0501-2061 & 2066-2265

140.00

Zechovoy

180* minted; numbered 321-500

200.00

27.4

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

739* minted; numbered 2062-2065, 2066-2986

180.00

On Wednesday evening, 19 April 19 1943, the eve of Passover 5703, the "Jewish Resistance Organization" launched an armed rebellion within the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazi horde, who in turn, moved armor and tanks, infantry and artillery to destroy the last remnant of the Jewish community. The revolt inside the totally isolated ghetto by a suffering people deprived of any defense, was an event unparalleled in the history of bravery and tragedy.
Nothing equals the extent, purpose and origin of the revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto. It has been bequeathed to mankind as one of the most frightful epics of courage and self-sacrifice history has ever known. The resistance of the Jewish Underground among the Ghetto prisoners reached its climax here; it brought forth other uprisings and armed struggles within cities and town, death camps and partisans, active in forests.

 

On the obverse is the figure of Mordechai Anilewitz, the Commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, on a background of the ruins of the House of Israel. The figure is based on the statue created by Nathan Rappaport, erected at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Around the rim, to the right, the inscription in Hebrew and in English: 'The Ghetto Uprisings - 20th Anniversary, 5703-5723" and the English date "1943-1963".

The reverse depicts a replica of Kosso Elul's "Eternal Light", burning inside the Memorial Shrine of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. From the eternal light a flame bursts forth covering the surface of the medal. Around the rim, part of a verse from Isaiah (56:5) "I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be destroyed", in Hebrew and English.

 

Several die varieties of this medal exist, as detailed and illustrated above.

* The breakdown of mintage figures between Mints gives a larger quantity than the final mintage figures, because the specification of melted medals is unknown.

 

STOCKADE AND TOWER

Official Medal

1963 / 5723

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

28.1

15024598

5763

1963

bronze

59

114

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,702

 

8.00

28.2

5767

1967

tombac

59

95

2,221

 

12.00

The bloody riots which broke out in Palestine in 1936, marked the first chapter of a daring settlement development in the outlying areas. The aim was to extend the frontiers of the Jewish settlement and to take possession of land previously legally acquired. The aim was to prepare everything needed well in advance so that on the very first day a wooden wall reinforced by gravel, could be put up around the new settlement. Up went a watchtower, defense posts were dug and wooden barracks for dwellings were erected. Such "Stockade and Tower" settlements were established in the Jordan Plain and Valley, in the Upper and Lower Galilee. Hanita, on the Northern Border, was set up in 1938 to be followed by Aylon and Hatzovah.

On the medal's obverse appears to the left: "25 years since the acquisition of Western Galilee". Above to the right, the emblem of the Regional Council of Sulam Tzur. Beneath, a schematic map of three "Stockade and Tower" settlements in Western Galilee.

On the reverse in the center appears part of a verse from Chronicles 2 (14:6) "Let us ... make about them walls and towers". The letters form a stylized representation of "Stockade and Tower" settlements. Beneath, the date -5698-5723 : 1938-1963. Round the rim, the English version of the quotation and the source.

ZOA - ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA

66TH CONVENTION - 1ST IN ISRAEL

Official Medal

1963 / 5723

Common obverse

Reverse:
Cat. # 29.1 inscription "The Government of Israel"
Cat. # 29.2 inscription "Presented by the Government of Israel"

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

29.1

18009597

5723

1963

bronze

59

107

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,500

Rev. inscription: "The Government of Israel"

12.00

29.2

5729

1969

tombac

59

95

125

80.00

29.3

15025594

5723

1963

bronze

59

107

1,000

Rev. inscription: "Presented by the Government of Israel"

20.00

The first convention of the Zionist Organization of America was held in Israel at the Binyane Haooma in Jerusalem. The opening session took place on 1 July 1963. A special State medal was issued in honor of the occasion. About 1,400 delegates participated in the convention, among them well-known leaders including Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, Emanuel Neumann and Rabbi Max Nussbaum. President Zalman Shazar of Israel delivered greetings. U.S. President Kennedy cabled: "The integrity and safety of Israel is a matter of our concern." The names of many world renowned Jewish leaders, whose fame is well established among Jews everywhere, are interwoven with the history of the Zionist Organization of America. The best known among them are the President of the Zionist Organization - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (kibbutz Ein Hashofet and the village Kfar Brandeis are named after him), Louis Lipski - writer and journalist, Rabbi Stephen Wise. Among the early activists of the ZOA was Judah Leib Magnes, who immigrated to Palestine and became Chancellor-President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The obverse of the medal shows two interlinked raised panels, the upper bears the Z.O.A. emblem and the Star of David is in the lower. On the right, upon a raised panel, the inscription 'The 66th Z.O.A. Convention, 19-25 Tamuz, 5723, first in Israel", in Hebrew. Below on the left, the identical inscription in English.
On the reverse appears the State emblem on a raised panel. An inscription in English: 'The Government of Israel", appears on four lines on raised strips. On 1,000 medals, inside the space for dedications, the words "Presented by" in English, these were intended for individuals to be named in the dedications.

 

THIRD ISRAEL FESTIVAL

Official  Medal

1963 / 5723

Common obverse

Reverse:
Cat. # 30.1 no inscription
Cat. # 30.2 & 30.3 - inscription "Presented by the Prime Minister's Office"

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

30.1

15026590

5723

1963

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,811

 

12.00

30.2

18008591

bronze

59

113

200

Rev. inscription: "Presented by the Prime Minister's Office"

75.00

30.3

unlisted

bronze s-p*

59

116

?

included

Rev. inscription: "Presented by the Prime Minister's Office"

Silver plated, edge markings same as bronze & tombac

120.00

The third Israel Festival opened at the Binyane Haooma in Jerusalem on 16th July 1963. As in previous years, guests from many lands participated in staging the event, but on this occasion the main aim was to stress the Israeli-Jewish character of the Festival. Biblical themes dominated the musical presentations from around the world and a special evening was devoted to cantorial and other Jewish religious music.

On the medal's obverse appears the Hebrew inscription "The Israel Festival 5723". To the right is the Festival emblem, and beneath in smaller letters the inscription in English.
The reverse shows from top to bottom three incuse as asymmetrical squares with In relief figures of musical instruments, a theatrical mask and ballet shoes. An inscription in English, "Presented by the Prime Minister's Office". appears on 200 medals.

 

*An unspecified and undocumented number of bronze medals with the dedication "Presented by the Prime Minister's Office" was issued by the IGCMC as a silver plated version.

 

FIRST SETTLERS YEAR

State Medal

1963 / 5723

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

31.1

15027596

5723

1963

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,000

 

9.00

31.2

unlisted

5723

1963

bronze s-p*

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

incl.

*silver plated, edge markings same as bronze & tombac

25.00

31.3

15027596

5727

1967

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,613

2,128** minted

9.00

Hecht

501** minted

31.4

25023594

5723

1963

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

2,099

numbered up to 2099

140.00

31.5

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

Hecht

889

numbered from 2100

160.00

Trial strike in lead, weight 170 gr. with a slightly different design.

The year honoring the first settlers is officially known as: "Commemorating eighty years of the 'BILU' arrival and the first settlements". True, Petach Tikva was founded in 1878, but it was only in 1882 that the first organized group arrived dedicated to working the land. The Rumanian group established two settlements in the mountains, Rosh Pina and Zichron Yaakov. At about this time a party of youngsters arrived carrying with them the idea of working in communes. These were the BILU youth, who established Rishon LeZion. In the by laws of Rosh Pina were formulated the foundations for cooperatives and mutual assistance groups. This was the year when "Illegals" arrived for the first time, some members of the Rumanian group made their way into the country by way of Egypt carrying Christian pilgrim passports.
 

The obverse of the medal depicts in the center a farmer planting in swamp areas. To the right beneath the verse: "I will remember the covenant of their ancestors" (Leviticus 26:45) in Hebrew. Half around the rim, the verse in English.

A number of differences are discernible on the obverse between those medals minted by Kretschmer and by Hecht. Kretschmer: Skyline on the right is horizontal; swamp line on the left is sharp. Hecht: Skyline on the right bends downwards; swamp line on the left is flat. 
On the reverse appears the State emblem and in the center the Hebrew inscription "Israel in homage to the First Ones" in sunken letters. Half around the rim, letters in relief, the identical inscription in English.

 

* The silver plated bronze version is undocumented, and its origin is therefore uncertain; most probably unofficially silver plated at a later stage.

** The final total mintage figure is less than the breakdown by Mint, because no record was kept as to the origin of the melted medals.

 

TERRA SANCTA

State Medal

1963 / 5723

Restruck with AINA emblem on reverse, presented to AINA tour participants in 1979

Cat. # 32.8

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

32.1

15028592

5724

1963

bronze

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

11,050

 

8.00

32.2

unlisted

5724

1963

bronze s-p*

59

110

incl.

*silver plated, edge markings same as bronze & tombac

25.00

32.3

15028592

5727

1967

tombac

59

98

7,577

 

12.00

32.4

?

5724

1964

bronze

59

110

620

Obverse inscription: VISITE DE S.S. LE PAPE PAUL VI 5.1.1964

100.00

32.5

25028594

5724

1963

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,731

 

140.00

32.6

25028358

5724

1963

silver .935

35

28

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

7,050

shiny finish

35.00

32.7

unlisted

5724

1963

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

incl.

matte finish

60.00

32.8

unlisted

5739

1979

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

125

AINA emblem on rev., presented to 1979 AINA tour participants

60.00

32.9

35028596

5724

1963

gold .9166

59

140

ISRAEL (H+E), G 916.6, ser. #

4

Presented to Pope Paul VI, accompanying cardinals and President Shazar

---

32.10

35028350

5724

1963

gold .9166

35

29

ISRAEL (H+E), G 916.6, ser. #

4,330

 

1,500.00

The history of Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land is as old as Christianity itself. Many Christians are driven by a strong desire to behold with their own eyes the area where Jesus and the Apostles lived and taught. Reading the Old Testament and the New becomes more meaningful to a person who has visited the places mentioned therein.
 

The obverse of the Terra Sancta medal depicts a relief, the Holy Land in perspective following the style of ancient maps where the Mediterranean Sea is at the bottom. In the center, above, the Latin words 'Terra Sancta" (Holy Land) between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

On the reverse on the rim to the right, the verse in Hebrew "Love thy neighbor as thyself", showing the origin, Leviticus 19:18. In the center, the verse in English and French. On the rim to the left, the source of the verse in Latin.

 

* The silver plated bronze version is undocumented, and its origin is therefore uncertain; most probably unofficially silver plated at a later stage.

1964

 

S.S. SHALOM

State Medal

1964 / 5724

From top to bottom:

Cat. # 33.3 thick planchet, large State emblem and letters on edge

Cat. # 33.2 thin planchet, small State emblem and letters on edge

Cat. # 33.1 thin planchet, large State emblem and letters on edge

From top to bottom:

Cat. # 33.8 small tate emblem and letters on edge

Cat. # 33.6 & 33.7 large State emblem and letters on edge

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

33.1

15029598

5724

1964

tombac

59

90

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Emanograph

5,593

5,492* minted

9.00

Kretschmer

132* minted

33.2

unlisted

bronze

59

105

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

?

?

Thin planchet, small edge inscriptions.

?

33.3

unlisted

bronze

59

135

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

?

?

Thick planchet, large edge inscriptions.

?

33.4

25029590

silver .935

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Emanograph

1,144

 

150.00

33.5

unlisted

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

?

?

 

?

33.6

25029354

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Emanograph

1,749

Large edge inscriptions.

180.00

33.7

Kretschmer

160

Large edge inscriptions.

33.8

unlisted

silver .935

35

29

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

?

?

Small edge inscriptions.

200.00

S.S. Shalom, constructed in the shipyards of St. Nazaire, France, was the flagship of Zim, then the national maritime company. The ship was of 24,500 tons and decorated and adorned by well known Israeli artists and others from various countries. It was built as a luxury liner plying between Israeli, European and American ports.
 

The medal's obverse depicts a replica of S.S. Shalom, shown across a steering wheel with eight spokes. Above the ship, seven stars from Zim's emblem. On the rim, between the spaces of the lower spokes the Hebrew inscription, "S.S. Shalom, 5724-1964" and the name "S.S. Shalom" in English.
A steering wheel constitutes the frame of the reverse of the medal. In the center, a replica of a sailing ship of Tarshish, dating back to King Solomon's time, and underneath an inscription, "King Solomon made a navy of ships" (I Kings 9:26). Within the space of the lower spokes, the English version of the inscription.

 

Several unlisted bronze varieties exist, reflected in such discrepancies as thicker planchets, different size of edge markings, and weight variations of almost 30%.

* The final total mintage figure is less than the breakdown by Mint, because no record was kept as to the origin of the melted medals.

FIRST IMMIGRANTS RUNNERS

State Medal

1964 / 5724

Medals minted by Kretschmer

Obverse: Large arrows at end of lines

Reverse: Posts of barbed wire fence are thick and blunt, frame on margin is wide

Medals minted by Hecht

Obverse: Arrows at end of lines almost entirely missing

Reverse: Posts of barbed wire fence are thin and sharp, frame on margin is smaller

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

34.1

15030599

5724

1964

bronze

59

110

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

5,000

 

8.00

34.2

5727

1967

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

249

Arrows almost entirely missing; numbered 7552-7801

80.00

34.3

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

1

Arrows almost entirely missing; not numbered

---

34.4

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

2,882

 

12.00

34.5

25030591

5724

1964

silver .935

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

2,135

numbered up to 2135

140.00

34.6

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

Hecht

865

Arrows almost entirely missing; numbered from 2136

180.00

34.7

25030355

5724

1964

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

4,619

 

40.00

The restrictions on immigration imposed by the British Mandatory Government violated the rights of all Jews throughout the world to settle in Palestine. The full impact of the restrictions became most evident during the Second World War when refusing entry to European Jews meant abandoning them to their fate, as well as during the War's aftermath, when the pitiful survivors were languishing in barren camps. At the same time, life for Jews in Arab lands became increasingly unbearable. The first ship carrying illegal immigrants was the "Velus" which landed in 1934 to be followed by scores of other ships leased in Europe by Israeli agents mostly Haganah emissaries. Some of these ran the blockade successfully, others tried and were seized by the British Navy. There were attempts by land as well.
 

On the medal's obverse the Mediterranean and Black Sea basin are shown in relief upon a schematic drawing, lines followed by the blockade runners all converging on the Israeli shores. Engraved on the surface are the dates "5694-5724, 1934-1964". Around the rim, the inscription in Hebrew and English "30th Anniversary of First Immigrant Runners".
 

On the reverse a barbed wire fence seals off the Israeli coast. A blockade running ship breaks through the fence and approaches the beach where it is met by the local people receiving it with raised arms. Beneath, below the line of the River Jordan, a phrase from Deuteronomy (1:41): "Ye dared to go up" in Hebrew and English.

 

HISTADRUT LABOR FEDERATION

&

14TH CONGRESS OF IFCCTE

Official Medal

1964 / 5724

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

35.1

15031595

5724

1964

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,584

 

9.00

35.2

unlisted

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

?

 

?

35.3

unlisted

bronze

59

105

plain

?

 

?

35.4

unlisted

tombac

59

98

plain

?

 

?

The 14th Congress of the International Federation of Clerks, Office Workers and Technicians (IFCCTE) was held in Israel in May 1964. The Histadrut (Israel's Federation of Labor) was the host for the Congress.

The obverse shows on the left a schematic rendering of the Histadrut building in Tel Aviv. Above, to the right, an inscription in Hebrew: "The Histadrut, Israel". Below in English "Histadrut, Israel".
On the reverse appears to the left a schematic portion of the globe. On the right, in English spread over five lines the initials of the International Federation. Around the rim, an inscription in Hebrew and English: "14th Congress, Tel Aviv 9-15 Sivan 5724" (The English reads: "May 20-26, 1964").

TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

Official Medal

1964 / 5724

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

36.1

15032591

5724

1964

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,521

 

9.00

As early as the 1930's Tel Aviv, which was a commercial, industrial and cultural center, started to host international fairs. Israel's strategic location and Tel Aviv's rapid development combined to make the Levant Fair, which was held in Tel Aviv, a gathering place for industrialists and merchants from many countries. The emblem of the Fair, a flying camel, became famous.
The second International Levant Fair since the State was established, was opened in Tel Aviv in the summer of 1964.
 

On the obverse of the medal appears a world map imposed upon an engraved design of the city of Tel Aviv showing all the roads of commerce, inland, sea and air, leading toward Israel. Around the map, an inscription in Hebrew: "Tel Aviv International Trade Fair, 5724". The identical inscription in English, the year being 1964.

The reverse depicts the emblem of the Fair, a flying camel imposed upon stylized figures representing agriculture, industry and science, the elements making up "progress" depicted at the Fair.

16TH CHESS OLYMPIAD

Official Medal

1964 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

37.1

15033597

5725

1964

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

2,923

 

10.00

37.2

25033598

silver .935

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

11

Minted exclusively for the management of the 16th Chess Olympiad

---

37.3

25033355

silver .935

35

30

10

---

37.4

35033355

gold .9166

35

30

 

11

---

Chess Olympics take place once every two years, each time in another country. The International Chess Federation, founded in Paris in 1924, celebrated its 40th anniversary in Israel, staging its sixteenth Olympics there. It was the largest Olympics ever held. Chess masters from fifty countries competed. Some ten thousand chess players are associated with the Israeli Chess Federation which was founded in 1920.
 

The obverse depicts in the center a schematic symbol of the International Chess Federation - the globe, and in it the Latin motto: "Gens Una Sumus" (meaning, we are all one family). Around the globe, in Hebrew "Israel, 5725" and "Israel, 1964" in English. Around the rim, in Hebrew and French "16th Chess Olympiad".
On its reverse, stylized chess pieces are laid out on a stylized chess board.

FOURTH ISRAEL FESTIVAL

Official  Medal

1964 / 5724

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

38.1

16004591

5724

1964

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

3,911

 

8.00

38.2

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E)

included

 

---

38.3

unlisted

tombac s-p*

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

included

*Officially silver plated by IGCMC, edge markings same as tombac

100.00

The fourth Festival medal is the sixth issue connected with music. Two were issued previously in connection with the Harp competition in Jerusalem in 5719 and 5722 (1959, 1962). Three were issued in honor of the annual festival in 5721, 5722 and 5723 (1961, 1962 and 1963).

On the obverse of the medal appears the text "Israel Festival 5724" in raised letters, the Festival emblem, and the English inscription "The Israel Festival 1964".
The reverse shows four incuse rectangles of different sizes. The top portrays the State emblem. The bottom, a theatrical mask. On the left, a four string harp. Inside the largest rectangle is the inscription in English: "Presented by the Prime Minister's Office".

 

* The silver plated version is an official issue of the IGCMC, and according to its archives only very few pieces were silver plated. However, it is undocumented in the IGCMC catalog.

GIDEONIM CONFERENCE

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1964 / 5724

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

39.1

16005597

5724

1964

bronze

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

500

 

150.00

39.2

unlisted

bronze s-p*

incl.

*silver plated, edge markings same as bronze & tombac

200.00

"Gideonites" was a nickname given to those working the communication centers of the Haganah, especially on the clandestine immigration ships. The year 5724 (1964) was declared by the State as "the year of clandestine immigration".
 

On the obverse of the medal the Mediterranean and Black Seas are incused and on the surface lines protrude depicting the course followed by the blockade runners which end on the shores of Palestine. The dates are engraved on the upper part of the medal "5694-5724" and "1934-1964". On the lower part of the rim the inscription "30th Anniversary of first immigrant runners" in Hebrew and beneath in English.
The reverse shows a relief, the shores of Palestine and barbed wire fences, a blockade runner breaking through the barrier and approaching the shore, where figures with outstretched arms are ready to receive them. Below a line running from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the inscription rads: "Gideonites Convention 24 Elul 5724. 1.9.1964".

 

* The silver plated bronze version is undocumented, and its origin is therefore uncertain; probably unofficially silver plated at a later stage.

 

THIRD INTERNATIONAL BIBLE CONTEST

State Medal

1964 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

40.1

15035599

5725

1964

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

5,023

3,352* minted

8.00

40.2

Hecht

1,697* minted

40.3

25035591

silver

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Kretschmer

4

Awarded to the winners. Two contestants ended in first place, hence the two gold medals awarded.

---

40.4

35035593

gold

59

140

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 916.6

Kretschmer

2

---

The International Bible contests taking place in Israel, create great interest throughout the world, amongst Jews and Gentiles alike. Contestants with biblical knowledge come to Israel from every continent, to join the Israeli contestants. Scores of thousands follow these contests, some in person at the auditorium, others over the communications media.
 

The obverse of the medal features a stylized Torah crown fashioned from the three letters of the Hebrew 'Tenach" (The Old Testament - Torah, Prophets and Writings). On the rim, below, the State emblem. The balance of the rim bears the inscription 'Third International Bible Contest, Jerusalem 5725" in Hebrew. The French translation bears the date "1964".
On the reverse appears an ancient Jewish oil lamp with a panel showing the seven branch candelabra. Above, the citation: "How I loved Thy teachings, Psalms 119:97". Above the citation, in a semi-circle, the citation in Greek, according to the Septuagint.

 

* The final total mintage figure is less than the breakdown by Mint, because no record was kept as to the origin of the melted medals.

 

1965

 

MASADA

State Medal

1965 / 5725

Type I: flat

Type II: raised rim on both sides

Cat. # 41.6, 41.16, 41.18 & 41.22

Type II: raised rim on both sides; letter "Kaf" added above the R of FREE

Cat. # 41.20

Keyring of 45 mm cu-ni medal, type I

Cat. # 41.5

PICTURE PENDING

Keyring of 45 mm cu-ni medal, type II

Cat. # 41.6

Edge inscription: TO THE VOLUNTEER (H+E)

Cat. # 41.8, 41.9 & 41.14

Edge inscription: MEMENTO OF MASADA DAYS 1965 (H)

Cat. # 41.11

Edge inscription: TO THE VOLUNTEER (H+E) & OC. 1963-OC. 1973 (H)

Cat. # 41.12, 41.13 & 41.14

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

41.1

15034593

5725

1965

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

14,942

 

10.00

41.2

15034454

5731

1971

bronze

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

8,934

 

8.00

41.3

unlisted

5739

1979

bronze

45

40

plain

Kretschmer

?

 

?

41.4

45034450

5739

1979

cu-ni

45

42

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

n/a

 

10.00

41.5

?

5739

1979

cu-ni

45

42

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

n/a

Type I, issued as keyring

25.00

41.6

?

5741

1981

cu-ni

45

42

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

n/a

Type II, in keyring

25.00

41.7

15034357

5729

1969

tombac

35

23

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

100

 

50.00

41.8

unlisted

?

?

tombac

35

23

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL, TO THE VOLUNTEER (H+E)

Kretschmer

?

 

---

41.9

18026353

5725

1965

copper

35

23

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL, TO THE VOLUNTEER (H+E)

Kretschmer

1,940

 

15.00

41.10

5729

1969

copper

35

23

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

200

 

150.00

41.11

5729

1969

copper

35

23

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), MEMENTO OF MASADA DAYS 1965 (H)

Kretschmer

150

Also exist with personalized edge dedications.

200.00

41.12

5733

1973

copper

35

23

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL, TO THE VOLUNTEER (H+E), OC. 1963-OC. 1973 (H)

Kretschmer

60

 

500.00

41.13

unlisted

5733

1973

copper

35

23

State emblem, TO THE VOLUNTEER (H+E), OC. 1963-OC. 1973 (H)

Kretschmer

included

 

500.00

41.14

unlisted

?

?

copper

35

23

plain

Kretschmer

?

 

---

41.15

25034595

5728

1977

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), 5938-1977, ser. #

Kretschmer

1,448

With date 5738-1977 on edge

150.00

41.16

25034595

5728

1977

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

325

Without date on edge; # 0101-0125, 1126-1425

200.00

41.17

25034456

5730

1970

silver .935

45

46

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

4,800

 

60.00

41.18

25034375

5747

1989

silver .935

37

26

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H+E), ser. #

Gov't. Mint

?

Type II

50.00

41.19

25034359

5725

1965

silver .935

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

4,998

 

40.00

41.20

25034278

5741

1981

silver .935

27

12

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H+E), ser. #

Gov't. Mint

?

Type II, with letter "Kaf" added on obv.

25.00

41.21

35024270

5725

1965

gold .9166

27

15

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 916.6, ser. #

Kretschmer

2,880

 

800.00

41.22

35034220

5742

1982

gold .985

22

7

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 985, ser. #

Gov't. Mint

?

Type II

500.00

Masada was built by Jonathan the Hasmonean atop a steep rocky precipice rising 450 meters (1475 ft) above the Dead Sea. Herod added to the building and had it converted into a strong fortification. During the great revolt against the Romans, the last of the Zealots found refuge there after the fall of Jerusalem. They numbered 960 fighters, women and children headed by Elazar ben Yair. For three years they managed to hold out against the Roman armies who besieged them. When they concluded that all hope was lost, they set fire to the fortifications and committed suicide. On the first day of Passover in the year 73 AD, two women-survivors told the conquerors all that happened and Josephus Flavius repeated it in his book "The War of the Jews against the Romans". The final emotional speech by Elazar ben Yair: "Our hands are not yet tied, they are holding spears. Let them be our final salvation. Let us die before we become the slaves of our enemies. We leave the world of the living, we, our women and children, as free people." In the years before the State was established, Masada, which became a symbol of Jewish heroism, served as a pilgrim's shrine for youth and for "Haganah" members who took the oath "Masada will not fall again". At the end of the War for Independence, the Israeli flag was raised atop Masada, and soon thereafter extensive excavations began there. Remnants of the wall were excavated and restored, as were towers and gates, the palace, baths. living quarters, storage places, the synagogue and water cisterns. The excavations also brought to light potsherds, weapons, coins, scrolls. Around the mountain there are still signs of the might of Rome, military camps, etc. On the west side are the remnants of the ramparts built by the conquerors.

 

The obverse of the Masada medal depicts an image of the ancient fortress. At the mountain base the signs of the Roman legions siege. Above the precipice a sentence from Elazar Ben Yair's speech: "We shall remain free men". Below, towards the edge, the English translation.

On the reverse appears in the center an ancient shield with on its raised center the inscription "Masada shall not fall again". The letters piercing forth as a series of towers, all of it reminiscent of a fortress. The English translation of the inscription is around the shield. Round the rim, a flowing model of figures, armed soldiers lending a hand in the excavation and restoration of Masada.

 

FIFTH ISRAEL FESTIVAL

Official Medal

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

42.1

16007599

5725

1965

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

&

Hecht

3,681

Kretschmer 1,141* minted

Hecht 2,577* minted

9.00

State emblem, ISRAEL (H+E)

The fifth Festival medal is the seventh in the series related to music. Two were issued previously in connection with the two harp competitions in Jerusalem in 5719 and 5722 (1959 and 1962). Four others were issued in connection with the annual festivals in 5721, 5722, 5723 and 5724 (1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964).

 

The Hebrew inscription on the medal's obverse reads "The Israel Festival 5725", flanked by the Festival emblem. The English translation and year 1965 appears below.

The reverse has four incuse irregular squares; in the top right square the State emblem in raised form, thereunder a theatrical mask. The top left square shows a four string harp. The large square below is inscribed "Presented to (space for name) by the Israel Festival Committee" in English.

 

* The final total mintage figure is less than the breakdown by Mint, because no record was kept as to the origin of the melted medals.

HEBREW UNIVERSITY 40TH ANNIVERSARY

State Medal

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

43.1

16009591

5725

1965

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

9,611

 

8.00

43.2

26009593

5725

1965

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Kretschmer

6,780

 

140.00

43.3

26009454

5732

1972

silver .935

45

47

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

1,770

 

70.00

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem was the first to be established in Palestine. The inauguration ceremony took place on 7 Nissan 5685, 1st April 1925, in the amphitheatre on Mount Scopus. On the University's 40th year, a special medal was minted to be awarded to the University staff and to guest dignitaries.

The medal shows on the upper part of its obverse a stylized engraving of the Mount Scopus campus, and in the center the text "Opened 1925 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem" in Hebrew and English. Below, a stylized view of the campus on Givat Ram.
The reverse depicts part of the Dead Sea scrolls, an incuse portrayal of the Dead Sea, and in relief, the Hebrew University emblem. On the rim, an inscription "Wisdom hath built her house" (from Proverbs 9:1) in Hebrew and English. Between the Hebrew and the translation are symbols of various disciplines taught at the University.

ISRAEL MUSEUM

State Medal

1965 / 5725

Cat. # 44.3

Obverse of silver medal inscribed with date of inauguration, 9 Iyar 5725 - 11.V.65

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

44.1

15036456

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

3,327

 

10.00

44.2

25036458

5725

1965

silver .935

45

47

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Kretschmer

3,313

 

60.00

44.3

unlisted

incl.

*Added obv. engraving:

9 Iyar 5725, 11.V.65

250.00

44.4

35036450

5725

1965

gold .9166

45

60

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), GOLD 916.6, ser. #

Kretschmer

8

Issued exclusively for Israel Museum use

---

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem was opened on 11 May, 1965. Vision and skillful planning, large financial resources augmented by generous gifts made it possible to convert the Museum into a national treasure. The Museum buildings stand on several levels blending well into the landscape. The central pavillion contains the Bezalel Museum of fine arts collection and the Samuel Bronfman Biblical and Archaeological Museum. In the Shrine of the Book are displayed the scrolls discovered in the Judean desert as well as Biblical manuscripts. An impressive outdoor exhibit of statues has been set up in the Billy Rose Garden of Arts.
 

Around the rim of the medal's obverse appears a stylized design of the museum buildings. The inscription in the center reads "The Israel Museum" in Hebrew, English and French.
The reverse depicts a realistic representation of a stone candelabra found in a second century AD synagogue uncovered in Tiberias. The branches composed of conventional open pomegranates on top of which recessed containers for oil are visible.

 

* Several silver medals - quantity undocumented and unknown - have an obverse engraving of the official inauguration date in Hebrew and English, most probably added unofficially by Museum management and presented to VIP's attending the festive opening.

B'NAI B'RITH WORLD CONVENTION

Official Medal

1965 / 5725

Top: Cat. # 45.1 - tombac, thin edge

Bottom: Cat. # 45.2 - bronze, thicker edge (undocumented)

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

45.1

16006593

5725

1965

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

5,091

2,149 minted*

8.00

Hecht

2,963 minted*

45.2

unlisted

?

?

bronze

59

118

Hecht ?

** See remark below

B'nai B'rith, a Jewish fraternal order, was founded in the United States in 1843. In 1888 a B'nai B'rith Lodge was formed in Jerusalem. Its official language is Hebrew. B'nai B'rith opened the first Hebrew kindergarten in Israel.

 

The medal shows a seven-branched candelabrum on its obverse, surrounded by the inscription "World Convention of B'nai B'rith, 21-25 lyar, 5725". On the rim, is raised letters: "B'nai B'rith Triennial Convention Israel May 23-27, 1965" in English.
The reverse depicts the State emblem and the English inscription in raised letters: "Presented by the Minister of Tourism to ... delegate to the B'nai B'rith Convention".

 

*  The final total mintage figure is less than the breakdown by Mint, because no record was kept as to the origin of the melted medals.

** According to IGCMC records, the medal was minted in one version only. However, two very distinct varieties exist. The generic published issue, minted in tombac, has a thin edge and weighs approx. 95
   grams (100 grams according to IGCMC documentation). The unlisted variety has the look of a bronze medal and a thicker edge and weighs approx. 20% more. The possibility exists that the 2,963 medals  
   minted by Hecht are actually the bronze, heavier and thicker variety.

STATE OF ISRAEL BONDS

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1965 / 5725

Left: common obverse

Right: cat. # 46.1 & 46.6 reverse without signature

Reverse signatures from left to right:

Cat. # 46.2 & 46.7 Prime Minister Levi Eshkol

Cat. 46.3 & 46.8 Prime Minister Golda Meir

PICTURES PENDING

Reverse signatures from left to right (continued)

Cat. # 46.4 & 46.9 Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

Cat. # 46.5 & 46.10 Prime Minister Menachem Begin

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

46.1

16008595

5725

1965

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

&

Hecht

unknown

No signature

250.00

46.2

Signed: Levi Eshkol

250.00

46.3

Signed: Golda Meir

250.00

46.4

Signed: Yitzhak Rabin

250.00

46.5

Signed: Menachem Begin

250.00

46.6

26008597

5725

1965

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E) - Kretschmer

(or)

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H) - Hecht

Kretschmer

&

Hecht

unknown

No signature

250.00

46.7

Signed: Levi Eshkol

300.00

46.8

Signed: Golda Meir

300.00

46.9

Signed: Yitzhak Rabin

300.00

46.10

Signed: Menachem Begin

300.00

In September 1950 Prime Minister Ben-Gurion called fifty Jewish leaders from the United States to attend a "Conference in Jerusalem". The purpose - to decide to raise capital for economic expansion of such magnitude that would make it possible for the country to absorb mass immigration. It was decided to launch interest bearing "Independence and Development Bonds", the proceeds of which would be used for the development of agriculture and industry, the building of a deep sea port in Ashdod, exploiting of natural resources, etc. The drive met with great success. "Bonds" are sold in 35 countries (85% within the U.S.A.). The medals issued in honor of the Bond Drive were intended as an award for people who have been unusually successful in selling the "Independence and Development Bond". The first medal was awarded in 1965 by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol in person.

On the medal's obverse appear the Hebrew words "Independence and Development Bond Drive" entwined in a burst of sunshine, symbolizing the source of energy. The sun's rays cause the wheels of industry to move. Inside the wheel, spokes are seen - the enterprises which the bonds helped to develop.
On the reverse of all medals are the inscriptions "State of Israel Bonds", Awarded to", "For service in the cause of Israel's development", and "Prime Minister". The reverse of both the tombac and silver medals come in five varieties: unsigned, signed by Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin & Menachem Begin.

THIRD INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

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Civil

47.1

16010592

5725

1965

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

415

 

120.00

The first Harp Competition took place in Jerusalem in September 1959. The second, in 1962 and the third in 1965.
 

On the medal's obverse appears a raised figure of King David, the "Poet King", playing a harp. Around the rim, the Hebrew inscription: 'The Third International Harp Competition, Jerusalem, Elul, 5725".
The reverse shows the Hebrew word "Nevel" (Harp), the Hebrew "v" taking the form of a harp. In the centre, over two lines, in French: "Awarded by the Ministry of Tourism to..." (with a space for the name of the recipient.) On the rim in French: 'The Third International Harp Competition". Below, in French: "Jerusalem, Israel, Septembre 1965".

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION CONGRESS

Official Medal

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

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Civil

48.1

16011598

5725

1965

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Hecht

4,723

2,706* minted

8.00

48.2

Kretschmer

2,038* minted

The 36th international Public Transport Congress was held in Tel Aviv in 1965.
 

On the medal's obverse a train emerges from under a bridge, on top of which a bus passes by; both symbols of modern means of transportation. Around the rim a Hebrew inscription "The 36th International Public Transport Congress, Tel Aviv 5725", followed by the French translation: "U.l.T.P. 36th Congress, Tel Aviv, Israel 1965".
On the reverse, a caravan of three camels symbolizes ancient means of transport. Below, on the left, on a raised panel, the State emblem. Above on the left, and below, on the right, a schematic drawing indicating the longitude and latitude lines of the globe.

 

* The final total mintage figure is less than the breakdown by Mint, because no record was kept as to the origin of the melted medals.

THE RIGHTEOUS AMONG GENTILES

Version I

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

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Heb.

Civil

49.1

16012594

5725

1965

bronze

59

120

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

50

 

 

49.2

unlisted

 

 

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

 

 

 

49.3

unlisted

plain

 

 

 

49.4

46012590

5740

1980

cu-ni

59

105

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Hecht

 

 

 

49.5

26012596

5725

1965

silver .935

59

115

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E)

Kretschmer

?

 

 

49.6

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E)

Hecht

?

 

 

The law that established "Yad Vashem - commemorating the Holocaust and heroism, 5723, 1953" states in a special section that it is the duty of the Remembrance Authority to commemorate the deeds of the "Righteous among Gentiles who risked their lives in order to rescue Jews". Although there were not many to be found in the countries conquered by the Nazi's, they were distinguished for their valor and acts of heroism, deserving to be honored as outstanding people to be remembered by future generations. A special commission, set up by "Yad Vashem", gathered evidence from survivors and endeavored to locate those who risked their lives in rescuing Jews, in order to bestow upon them the title "Righteous among Gentiles", to award them a special medal.

The medal's obverse depicts two hands clutching a rescue line spun from barbed wire strands. The barbed wire lines emerge from empty space but the rescue line enfolds the globe and serves as a handle by which to rotate it (a symbolic expression of the idea that it is deeds such as performed by the rescuers that make the world go around). The globe is surrounded by an inscription "He who saves one soul is like he who saved a whole world".
The reverse shows a schematic version of Yad Vashem and the memorial hill in Jerusalem. In the center, the Hebrew inscription "A token of gratitude from the Jewish people". Below, the French translation, and the French translation of "He who saves one soul is like he who saved the whole world".

THE RIGHTEOUS AMONG GENTILES

Version II

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

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Heb.

Civil

49a.1

unlisted

various

cu-ni

59

99

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Hecht ?

 

 

60.00

The law that established "Yad Vashem - commemorating the Holocaust and heroism, 5723, 1953" states in a special section that it is the duty of the Remembrance Authority to commemorate the deeds of the "Righteous among Gentiles who risked their lives in order to rescue Jews". Although there were not many to be found in the countries conquered by the Nazi's, they were distinguished for their valor and acts of heroism, deserving to be honored as outstanding people to be remembered by future generations. A special commission, set up by "Yad Vashem", gathered evidence from survivors and endeavored to locate those who risked their lives in rescuing Jews, in order to bestow upon them the title "Righteous among Gentiles", to award them a special medal.

The medal's obverse depicts two hands clutching a rescue line spun from barbed wire strands. The barbed wire lines emerge from empty space but the rescue line enfolds the globe and serves as a handle by which to rotate it (a symbolic expression of the idea that it is deeds such as performed by the rescuers that make the world go around). The globe is surrounded by an inscription "He who saves one soul is like he who saved a whole world".
The reverse shows a schematic version of Yad Vashem and the memorial hill in Jerusalem. In the center, the Hebrew inscription "A token of gratitude from the Jewish people". Below, the French translation, and the French translation of "He who saves one soul is like he who saved the whole world".

This medal, Version II, has an incused dedication box on its reverse, with the name of the recipient inscribed. Version I has no incused box.

ASHKELON

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

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Civil

50.1

15048453

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

8,390

 

8.00

50.2

25048455

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,346

 

50.00

Ashkelon is mentioned as early as 1280 BC in a testimony dealing with the conquests of Ramses II. The children of Israel captured Ashkelon after Joshua died, but it only became important port city during Hellenistic times. It was never conquered by the Maccabees although Jews did live there. Herod, who was born in Ashkelon, adorned the city with many edifices. In 1153 the city fell to the Crusaders. In 1270 the Mamluks captured and destroyed it, and on its ruins, a small town was built called Midgedal. In 1948 the Israel Defense Forces captured Midgedal, around which a modern city was built with its former ancient name of Ashkelon being given to it.
 

The medal's obverse shows a corner in Ashkelon where a Corinthian capital is shown dating from the Hellenistic era. On the side, new public edifices, on the rim, the inscription "Ashkelon" in Hebrew and English.
On the reverse appears a replica of an antique bronze Ashkelon coin. It shows the prow of a vessel and oars. Above the model of the vessel, Greek letter abbreviating the word Ashkelon. Below, letters marking the year 57 according to the city's new date (47 BC) On the medal rim, above, the inscription: "Ashkelon coin 3713" (47 BC) in Hebrew. The English translation appeaes near the lower rim..

ACRE

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

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DATE ISSUED

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Civil

51.1

15049459

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

7,032

 

8.00

51.2

25049451

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,227

 

50.00

Acre (Akko) is mentioned early in history as one of the cities captured by the Egyptian Pharaoh, Tutan Khaman, in 1478 BC. The city was part of the area assigned to the tribe of Asher following the conquest by Joshua. Alexander of Macedon passed through it in 333 BC. thereafter Greeks began to dominate the population. In the Mishnah and the Talmud, Acre is mentioned as a city with a sizable Jewish community. The Byzantine Christians, taking over the land from the Romans, built splendid churches in Acre. Jews continued to live in Acre during the Moslem conquest which began in 640 AD. When the Crusaders conquered Acre in 1104 AD. some of the most famous contemporary Jews were living there, among them Nachmanides. The city witnessed rapid growth during Turkish rule in the 17th century. Its fortress withstood the Napoleonic siege in 1799.
 

The obverse of the medal depicts a stylized design of the city, showing the Crusader fortress facing the sea, a minaret and a cupola, a palm tree. Above, toward left, an ancient Hebrew ship seems to be sailing out of the port, as pictured in the discoveries of Beit Shearim. The modern city's name Akko appears on the top in Hebrew, and beneath in English the name Acre.
The medal's reverse shows a replica of an Acre coin minted by the Roman Emperor Elagabalus at the beginning of the third century AD. Beneath, a spiral line showing the sea waves, mooring arches showing above. which served to shelter ships in the harbor. Above, on top of the central hill within the city, another shrine. Around the rim an inscription "Coin of Acre 3977-82" in Hebrew and 217-222 C.E. in English.

TIBERIAS

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

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Civil

52.1

15050450

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

8,076

 

8.00

52.2

25050452

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,256

 

50.00

Tiberias was founded in 19 AD on the ruins of a biblical city from the days of the tribe of Naftali. It was an important spiritual center in the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods, and the last seat of the Sanhedrin. The Mishna and the Jerusalem Talmud were completed in Tiberias and it became a focal point for the Hebrew language. After the Arab conquest in 636 it became the capital of the Galilee. In 1099 the Crusaders conquered it but after 87 years it fell again into Moslim hands and was destroyed. In 1560 Suleiman the Great turned over the city to Josef Hanasi who rebuilt its walls. Tiberias became a center and sanctuary to exiles from Spain, many of whom flourished here.
 

On the obverse appears a stylized representation of a fisherman and a girl. The fish and the fruit representing the source of livelihood in Tiberias and in the Ginossar Valley. Near the sea an ancient building and in the background the hills of the Galilee. The name of the city appears above in Hebrew and below in English.
The reverse depicts a replica of a coin minted in 101 AD during the reign of Trajan II (98-117 AD). It depicts Hygieia, goddess of health, who holds a bowl and serpent and is seated upon a rock whence the hot springs gush. Around Hygieia, the inscription "Tiberi Claudi, year 81". On the rim the inscription "Coin of Tiberias 3861" in Hebrew, and the year 101 C.E. in English.

BEIT SHE'AN

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

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Heb.

Civil

53.1

15051456

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

6,626

 

8.00

53.2

25051458

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,181

 

50.00

Beit She'an, one of the oldest cities in the world, is mentioned quite often in the Bible. The Philistines displayed there the body of King Saul who had fallen upon his sword to avoid capture (Samuel 131:10). The city was subsequently recaptured by David. In the Hellenistic period it was one of the most important and most flourishing cities of the "League of Ten Cities". In 100 BC the city was conquered by Yahana Hyrcons, the Hasmonean. In the days of the Second Commonwealth and during the Mlshnaic and Talmudic period, the city was settled by Jews. The Arabs conquered Beit She'an in 636 AD and destroyed it. Today Beit She'an primarily serves the surrounding agricultural area as a regional center.
 

The medal's obverse shows a composition of the main historical features of Beit She'an as the visitor sees them today: the Tel, the Roman theatre, the synagogue mosaic, a Doric column. The name of the city, appears in Hebrew above and in English, below.
The reverse depicts a replica of a city-coin minted in 189 AD, featuring Dionysius and, at his heel, his sacred panther. Around Dionysius, in Greek letters, "Nyckie Acysmc" and the year of issue "189 CE". On the rim the inscription "Coin of Beit She'an 3949" in Hebrew, as well as the English translation and date 189 CE.

 

Notable is the error in transcribing the name Beit She'an on the obverse, and Beit Shean on the reverse.

AVDAT

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

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Heb.

Civil

54.1

15052452

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

5,655

 

8.00

54.2

25052454

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

3,955

 

50.00

The city of Avdat, named after the Nabataean King Abados III. was a station for caravans involved in commerce. After the Nabataean Kingdom was annexed by the Romans Avdat was destroyed by nomads. It was resettled at the end of the late Roman period, and by the 7th century AD it became a place of culture. Only after the Negev became part of Israel were the ruins of the ancient city of Avdat unearthed.
 

The medal's obverse depicts the arch which served as entrance to the Acropolis during all of the historical periods, flanked by columns of different sizes. The field is decorated with an engraved motif of leaves and branches on a Nabataean bowl from Avdat (1st century AD). Below, to the left, a replica of a stone relief motif of the late Roman period, representing a bird. The name of the city appears in Hebrew and English.
On the reverse is a replica of a city-coin minted by the Nabataean King Aretas IV (9 BC-40 AD), featuring a double cornucopia crossed at its base. The Aramaic inscription between the horns stands for "Aretas, Shakilat", the king and his consort. On the rim the inscription, "Nabataean Coin 3769-3800" in Hebrew, and the English translation with the dates 9-40 C.E.

CAESAREA

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

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DATE ISSUED

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Heb.

Civil

55.1

15053458

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

6,190

 

8.00

55.2

25053450

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,222

 

50.00

Near the end of the Second Commonwealth, Caesarea was the most beautiful city in all of Israel and many Jews were attracted to it. The great revolt against the Romans was kindled in Caesarea and Jews were among the first to be killed in the revolt. In the 2nd century AD the Jewish community was reestablished in Caesarea and during the Mishnaic and Talmudic period it served as a focal point of attraction to Tannaim and Amoraim. The town was destroyed during the Arab conquest in 639. The Crusaders who conquered Caesarea in 1102 fortified it again. The final Moslim conquest in 1265 left the city abandoned. In modern times Caesarea's glory was rediscovered by archaeologists who have unearthed a brilliant past including remnants of Jewish synagogues from the period of the 4th to 7th centuries.

 
On the obverse appears a Roman arch with the sea beyond. Below, a capital from the 5th century synagogue found on the spot, featuring a seven-branched candelabrum between acanthus leaves. The name of the city in inscribed in Hebrew above and in English below.
The reverse shows a replica of a coin minted in Caesarea by Herod Agrippas I (37-44 AD). The patron deity Tyche (Fortune) is holding in her right hand a ship's rudder, and in her left a palm branch. The inscription around Tyche in Greek reads "Caesarea, close to the harbor Sebastos" (Sebastos being the Greek for Augustus), the letter "LH" stand for the year 44 CE. On the rim appears the inscription "Coin of Caesarea 3804" in Hebrew, and 44 C.E. in English.

JAFFA

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

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DATE ISSUED

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Heb.

Civil

56.1

15054445

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

6,217

 

8.00

56.2

25054456

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,446

 

50.00

Almost without exception, no conqueror overlooked Jaffa's importance as a harbor. In 701 BC Sennacherib conquered it, Alexander the Great in 332 BC and Jonathan the Hasmonean in 148 BC. In the uprising against the Romans it fell two years before the destruction of Jerusalem. Moslims captured Jaffa in 636 AD. The Crusaders held Jaffa for nearly two centuries, but their control came to an end in 1268 when it was conquered by the Mameluk Sultan Baibars. In 1516 it was taken over by Sultan Salim I and was under Ottoman control for 400 years. In 19166 Jaffa was conquered by the British. Over the generations the foreign presence changed from time to time. Jews, however, lived there nearly continuously and a permanent Jewish community was established in 1820. In 1909 the inhabitants of Jaffa established a neighboring community which became Tel Aviv. In 1950 Jaffa became an integral part of Tel Aviv, officially titled Tel Aviv-Yafo.

 

The obverse of the medal features the promontory of Jaffa in the form of Jonah's whale, carrying old-fashioned dwellings on its back. This tail is shaped into three Hebrew letters (Yafo). The name of the city appears in Hebrew and in English.
On its reverse appears a replica of a city-coin minted during the reign of Emperor Elagabalus (218-222 AD). Athena, the goddess of wisdom and the science of war, is holding a spear in her right hand and a shield in her left hand. The inscription around Athena in Greek reads "Flavia Yoppas", as Jaffa was called in Hellenic times. On the rim is the inscription "Coin of Jaffa 3977-82 in Hebrew, as well as the English text and dates 217-222 C.E.

LOD

Historical Cities Coin Medal Series

State Medal

1965 / 5725

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57.1

15055450

5725

1965

tombac

45

40

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

6,854

 

8.00

57.2

25055452

silver .935

45

48

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

4,014

 

50.00

Lod (Lydda) is one of the oldest cities in Israel, but was only of modest importance until after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD. It then became a culturally flourishing community and for nearly three hundred years it was a center of Jewish learning. During the Byzantine period, Lod acquired religious importance to the Christian world. The Jewish community which had prospered for hundreds of years was destroyed by the Crusaders who conquered Lod in the 11th century. In the wake of the Mamluk invasion it became a desolate town. Lod's importance as a transportation hub since ancient times was renewed when the first railway link between Jaffa and Jerusalem was opened in 1892. In 1936, Wilhelma Airport was opened nearby, soon to be renamed Lydda Airport. In 1974 its present name "Ben Gurion International Airport" was adopted, honoring David Ben-Gurion (1887-1973), Israel's first prime minister. Interestingly, and unknown to most (including many Israeli's), the airport is not part of the municipal area and jurisdiction of the town of Lod, but a separate administrative entity governed by the Israel Airports Authority. The airport is, however, the city's #1 employer.
 

The medal's obverse is dominated by an airplane flying over outline of the airport building, as well as buildings stressing the Middle East character of the city. The name Lod appears on the rim in Hebrew and English.
On the reverse appears a replica of a city coin of Lod, minted at the beginning of the third century AD by Emperor Caracalla (198-217). The head of Tyche (Fortune) looks to the left, and she wears a crown representing city-walls and towers. Around, the inscription in Greek "Lucia Septimia Severa Diaspolis", as Lod was officially called in Roman times. On the rim is the inscription "Coin of Lod, 3971-77" in Hebrew, as well as the English text and dates 211-217 C.E.

 

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