Chapter V
State Medals
&
Official Medals
Page 4
1976 - 1980

 

1976

 

"LET MY PEOPLE GO"

SECOND WORLD CONFERENCE ON SOVIET JEWRY

 Official1 Medal

1976 / 5736

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

XXXALLOYXXX

Ø
XMMX

WT.
XXGR.XX

EDGE

&

XXXXXXXXXMARKINGSXXXXXXXXX

XXXXMINTXXXX

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

140.1

16051598

5736

1976

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

2,349

 

0,015.00

140.2

26051590

silver .935

59

117

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

1,022

 

200.00

The second World Convention of Jewish Communities for Soviet Jewry met in 1976 in Brussels. The cry "Let my people go!" was in essence the faithful expression of the aims adopted by the Convention.

On the obverse of the medal appears the Hebrew inscription "The Second World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry, Brussels, Adar I, 5736", and on the rim the English translation - the date being marked as "February 1976".
The reverse depicts a ball of light, a symbol for the sun, bursting through a barrier of bars. On the right is the inscription "Let My People Go" in Hebrew and English.

 

IRAQI-JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1976 / 5736

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

141.1

16052594

5736

1976

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

1,989

 

20.00

141.2

unlisted

tombac s-p*

59

98

incl.

*silver plated, edge markings same as tombac

25.00

141.3

26052596

silver .935

59

116

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

1,000

 

140.00

141.4

36052352

gold .9166

35

30

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

250

 

1,600.00

One hundred twenty three thousand Jews from Iraq, an organized social unit with all its components, immigrated to Israel. They arrived during the years of shortages, rationing, and transit camps. Despite these difficulties, their adjustment was rapid, their traditional Zionist motivation served them well. They came from an area that was the cradle of the Jewish people, and there they experienced great events in their history. The area was the fulcrum of Jewish life during the first thousand years following the destruction of the first Temple, a center of Jewish creativity since the Talmudic era. In order to nurture and maintain the rich heritage of Babylonian Jewry, a cultural center was established in the town of Or Yehuda.

The obverse depicts a schematic view of the cultural center. Above it, the inscription: "Center for the Babylonian Jewish Heritage". Below, in English: "Iraqi Jews Traditional Culture Center".
On the reverse appears a schematic panorama of Iraq, with a river on the right, and below the biblical citation: "By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion" (Psalms 137:1).

 

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

 

CANADA PARK

Official Medal

1976 / 5736

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

142.1

16053451

5736

1976

tombac

45

40

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

Hecht

1,594

 

7.00

142.2

26053453

silver .935

45

48

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

200

 

100.00

142.3

36053358

gold .9166

35

30

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

4

 

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In 1976, the 75th anniversary of the Jewish National Fund, Canada Forest was dedicated in the valley of Ayalon.

The maple leaf, Canada's national emblem, appears on the obverse of the medal, with three fir trees inside the leaf. An inscription in English "Canada Park, Presented by Keren Kayemeth Lelsrael" appears in the center. Below, in Hebrew, "Canada Park in the Ayalon Valley".
The area of the reverse abounds in tree tops, all of them bending toward the center of the medal. On the rim is a citation: "For the Land is Mine" (Leviticus 25:23) in Hebrew and English.

 

OPERATION JONATHAN

State Medal

1976 / 5736

Cat. # 143.2 - erroneous "silver 935" edge inscription.

Cat. # 143.3 - gold- or aureate-plated tombac medal, with raised rim

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

143.1

15063592

5736

1976

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

42,057

34,357* minted

6.00

Kretschmer

9,453* minted

143.2

unlisted

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

included

tombac medal with erroneous "silver 935" edge inscription

50.00

143.3

unlisted

tombac g-p

35

24

plain

Govt. Mint?

**1

raised rim, gold or aureate plated

1,500.00

143.4

25063594

silver .935

59

115

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

Hecht

20,409

15,974* minted

140.00

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

Kretschmer

6,215* minted

143.5

35063350

gold .900

35

30

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

Govt. Mint

10,873

 

1,500.00

On 27th June 1976, terrorists who had boarded the plane in Athens, took over an Air France Flight 139, en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and forced the pilot to land at an old hanger in Entebbe, Uganda, then ruled by dictator Idi Amin. There the plane was met by Ugandan soldiers, as well as terrorists of 'The Front for the Liberation of Palestine", armed to the teeth and carrying quantities of explosives. The 246 passengers were locked into a dusty building. The terrorists demanded that 53 terrorists, tried and sentenced, should be delivered to them in exchange for the imprisoned passengers. They set a deadline at the end of which the hostages were to pay with their lives if their demands were not met. The Government of Israel resolved not to succumb to terror, but to liberate the hostages by a daring military operation. On 3rd July, after all diplomatic efforts failed and the deadline of the ultimatum was near, a task force departed by plane to a destination 4,000 km (2,500 mi) away from Israel. In a lightning strike, the terrorists were killed amid a hail of fire exchanged with the Ugandan forces. The 104 remaining hostages (three of whom were killed during the operation) were whisked away to the waiting Israeli planes. One hospitalized hostage was murdered by the Ugandans. In the exchange of fire, Colonel Jonathan ("Yoni") Netanyahu, commander of the task force, was killed. The Entebbe rescue operation was later named after him - "Operation Jonathan".


On the medal's obverse appears the IDF emblem with the olive branch entwined around the silhouette of an air force plane, as well as the legend "Operation Jonathan 6 Tamuz 5736" in Hebrew. The English translation bears the date "4th July, 1976".
The verse "He sent from above and took me" (Psalm 18:17) appears on the reverse in Hebrew and English.

 

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

** Cat. # 143.3 is listed in the Haffner catalog as a trial strike of which only one was minted.

 

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1976 / 5736

Cat. # 144.2 - gold- or aureate-plated tombac medal, with raised rim

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

144.1

16057594

5376

1976

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Hecht

164

 

250.00

144.2

unlisted

tombac g-p

35

24

plain

Govt. Mint?

*1

raised rim, gold or aureate plated

1,500.00

144.3

unlisted

silver

45

 

plain

Govt. Mint?

*1

inscribed YITZHAK AVNI

1,500.00

144.4

36057352

gold .900

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 900

Govt. Mint

600

 

1,600.00

The sixth International Harp Competition took place in Israel in 1976. The world-renowned artist Marc Chagall, famous for his paintings and vitreous creations, consented to design this medal, the only one designed and signed by him.

Chagall's "King David" graces the medal's obverse. The crown on the king's head is connected to a figure resembling a hen. The hen is strumming the harp with its tail. Marc Chagall's signature appears below, and on the rim an inscription in Hebrew "The Sixth International Harp Contest, Jerusalem, Elul 5736".
enter of the reverse appears the word "Harp" (Nevel). The "Bet" forms the figure of a harp. The inscriptions reads: "Israel 1976", and around rim "Sixth International Harp Contest" in English and French.

 

* Cat. # 143.2 is listed in the Haffner catalog as a trial strike of which only one was minted and inscribed with the name of Yitzhak Avni, CEO of the Israel Coins and Medals Corporation.

 

MATEH YEHUDA REGIONAL COUNCIL

Official Medal

1976 / 5736

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

145.1

16055592

5736

1976

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

1,792

 

12.00

145.2

26055594

silver .935

59

117

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

804

 

150.00

The regional council "Mateh Yehuda", located in the hills of Jerusalem, is part of the area which belonged to the tribe of Judah, hence its name. The council was set up in 1964 and it encompasses 61 settlements.


The obverse depicts a stylized figure of a lion which stands atop a sheaf of wheat and a cogged wheel. The inscriptions read: "Regional council" (top) and "Matei Yehuda" (below center).
The reverse shows a stylized panorama with a mother holding a child in her arms, while the father is doing construction work. On the right is a stylized head of a lion. Above, on the left, the biblical citation reads: "And the cities of Judah shall be built" (Isaiah 44:26).

 

JOINT ISRAEL APPEAL FOR JERUSALEM

Official Medal

1976 / 5736

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

146.1

16056598

5736

1976

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

1,790

 

12.00

The word "Joint" is an abbreviated form of "Joint American Committee for Aid Distribution". The Joint, organized in 1914, has done much in granting aid to Jewish communities which were impoverished during the First World War. Between the two wars and in the aftermath, the Joint did yeoman's work in directing aid to needy Jewish institutions, in rescuing people during the Holocaust and in financing their immigration to Israel, as well as emigrants from Islamic lands.
In Israel the Joint maintains a chain of homes for the aged, hospitals, work shops for the handicapped and contributes toward the alleviation of suffering among the needy, aid for those requiring rehabilitation. In 1976 the Joint held the "United Jewish Appeal" convention, in Jerusalem, which has a partner in the United States.

In the center of the medal's obverse is an inscription: "This Year in Jerusalem", forming a flame lighting a torch, in Hebrew and English. On the rim appears the text "Joint Israel Appeal" in English.
The reverse shows a stylized drawing of the Tower of David. The citation in Hebrew and English reads: "For Jerusalem's Sake I will not Rest" (Isaiah 62:1).

 

UNITED JEWISH APPEAL FOR JERUSALEM

Official Medal

1976 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

147.1

16054596

5737

1976

tombac

59

98

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), NOVEMBER 1976 (E), 5736 (H), ser. #

Hecht

2,246

 

10.00

147.2

26054598

silver .935

59

117

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), NOVEMBER 1976 (E), 5736 (H), SILVER .935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

1,011

 

200.00

147.3

unlisted

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

included

Edge inscription without "NOVEMBER 1976" & "5736"

 

147.4

36054590

gold .9166

59

140

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), NOVEMBER 1976 (E), 5736 (H), G 916.6, ser. #

1

Issued exclusively for the UJA

---

The United Jewish Appeal, a combination of several separate fundraising organizations, was set up in the United States in 1939. It grew into an organization with many achievements to its credit. It has distinguished itself by giving aid to Holocaust survivors, in helping to maintain communities in poor countries, in financing the rescue migration during the War of Independence, and mass immigration after the State was established. The United Jewish Appeal continues to be active in many areas of Jewish need throughout the world. Its income is divided by an agreed formula between Israel, the Joint and the Fund for Social Welfare Activities of American Jewish communities. The United Jewish Appeal held its annual convention in Jerusalem in November 1976 in an effort to emphasize the ties existing between American Jews and Israel, its developments claiming the lion's share of their contributions.

On the center of the obverse is n inscription forming the flame of a torch: 'This year in Jerusalem" in Hebrew and English. The inscription below, "United Jewish Appeal", is in English.
The reverse depicts a stylized drawing of the Tower of David. The citation in Hebrew and English reads: "For Jerusalem's Sake I will not Rest" (Isaiah 62:1).

 

22ND INTERNATIONAL CHESS OLYMPIAD

Official Medal

1976 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

148.1

16058590

5737

1976

tombac

59

98

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

Zechovoy

3,154

 

15.00

148.2

26058592

silver .935

59

117

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

Zechovoy

40

 

500.00

148.3

26058356

silver .935

35

30

Govt. Mint

80

 

250.00

148.4

36058358

gold .9166

35

30

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

Govt. Mint

20

 

1,800.00

The International Chess Olympiad takes place once every two years, each time in another country. Israel hosted the Chess Olympiad for the first time in 1964. In 1976 Haifa hosted the 22nd Men's Olympiad, the 7th Women's Olympiad and the 46th Congress of the International Chess Federation, and many famous world champions participated in the event (75 national champions from 52 countries).

The obverse depicts the emblem of the International Chess Competition, adorned by an inscription in Hebrew: "Women VII, Men XXII, Israel 5737". The English inscription, carrying the above marks the date 1976. Around the rim is an inscription "Chess Olympiad" in Hebrew and English. Below, the Latin motto of the International Federation: "Gens Una Sumus" (We are all one family).
On the reverse appear stylized chess pieces upon a stylized chess board. Below, in small Hebrew letters: "Shamir Bros" (the designers).

 

1977

 

JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1977 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

181.1

unlisted

5737

1977

tombac

59

100

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E)

Kretschmer

350

 

150.00

181.2

silver .935

59

115

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

10

 

1,500.00

The Jerusalem International Book Fair is held biannually in the Binyanei Ha'Ooma convention center. The Book Fair attracts many exhibitors from Israel and worldwide. On the occasion of the 1977 fair, the Jerusalem municipality issued a medal based on a design used on previous occasions, incorporating the City's emblem and logo, and a schematic panorama.

 

The obverse shows a schematic panorama of Jerusalem with the Old City wall in the foreground. The blank space below the ramparts is filled with the text "The Jerusalem International Book Fair 1977" in English.

The reverse depicts the emblem of the city of Jerusalem, a rampant lion standing on the wall, olive branches on both sides. The word "Jerusalem" appears in Hebrew, Arabic (the official name "Urshalim El-Quds") and English.

 

This medal has not been documented by the IGCMC and final mintage figures are unknown. The medal is in fact identical to "JERUSALEM - THE MAYOR'S MEDAL FOR OFFICIAL AWARDS" (cat. # SM-74), issued in 1969 for use by Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem and awarded to people in Israel and abroad who contributed to the planning, improvement, restoration and beautification of Jerusalem. However, this version differs to the extent that it is not dedicated to a single person, it is not signed by Teddy Kollek, but in contrast to "The Mayors Medal" it commemorated a specific event - the Jerusalem International Book Fair, and bears a date - 1977. Also in contrast to the various versions of "The Mayor's Medal" of which only one copy (or slightly more) were inscribed and dedicated, of  the International Book Fair version substantial quantities were produced. Hence, this medal merits listing as a different issue with its own catalog number and date.

 

BANK LEUMI LE-ISRAEL

75TH ANNIVERSARY

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1977 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

149.1

15913595

5737

1977

tombac

59

98

ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

29,974

 

8.00

149.2

unlisted

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

incl.

different edge inscription

150.00

149.3

25913375

silver .935

37

26

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

Govt. Mint

3,498

 

35.00

Bank Leumi is the successor to the Zionist "Anglo-Palestine Company" founded in 1902 which was known as APEC. The main function of APEC was to provide financial aid for the development of Eretz Israel. When the State of Israel was established the bank - then called The Anglo-Palestine Bank - served as a financial arm to the newly formed state. The provisional government signed an agreement with the bank entrusting it with the issuance of the national currency. The bank acted as the official banking agency for the government until the Bank of Israel was established in 1954. The bank's present name, Bank Leumi Le-Israel, dates from 1951. "Balal", as it is often called in short, is one of the two largest banking groups in Israel, frequently interchanging top position with Bank Hapoalim.

The obverse shows the bank's 75th Anniversary emblem, the dates being 5662-5732, 1902-1972. "Bank Leumi Le-lsrael B.M." appears in Hebrew and English.
On the reverse appears the biblical verse "Thy faithful house and country" (II Samuel 7:16) in Hebrew and English. On the left is a British Mandate 10 Mils coin, symbolizing the history of the bank, entwined with a computer reel and magnetic ribbon, symbols of the future.
 

An unknown quantity of tombac medals exists with edge inscription showing the State emblem and "STATE OF ISRAEL" in Hebrew and English, instead of just "ISRAEL". This variety is undocumented by the IGCMC.

 

AMERICAN ISRAEL NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION - AINA

10TH ANNIVERSARY

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1977 / 5737

Cat. # 150.2 - enameled

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

150.1

15914599

5737

1977

tombac

59

98

ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

2,496

 

15.00

150.2

unlisted

tombac enameled

59

101

80

(incl.)

Presented to AINA 1977 tour participants

100.00

150.3

15914353

tombac

35

28

ISRAEL (H+E), ser. #

150

Presented to AINA 1977 tour participants

50.00

150.4

25914452

silver .935

45

48

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

997

 

80.00

150.5

35914454

gold .9166

45

60

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

1

Presented to AINA President Morris Bram

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The American Israel Numismatic Association (AINA) was established in 1967. Its aim is to promote knowledge about coins and medals and numismatic details relating to ancient and modern Israel. AINA issues the world's only English-language periodical exclusively dedicated to Israel and Judaic numismatics, "The Shekel". Even though AINA is by definition a US-based association, its membership compasses the world, including a substantial number of members in Israel, several of whom contribute to The Shekel. From time to time AINA organizes numismatic tours to Israel, which includes meetings with local numismatists. Since its foundation until the present, AINA issues yearly membership medals to its members. These medals have become collectors' items.

The obverse of this medal is graced by an ancient oil lamp. Its light symbolizing learning and knowledge. The inscriptions read: "American-Israel Numismatic Association" and "10th Anniversary 1967-1977".
The AINA seal surrounded by rushing waves, symbolizing feverish activity, appears on the reverse.

AINA website

 

2ND ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO MASTER COMPETITION

State Medal

1977 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

151.1

16060351

5737

1977

tombac

35

25

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

Kretschmer

1,720

 

12.00

151.2

26060353

 

 

silver .935

35

30

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

Kretschmer

1,585

 

40.00

151.3

36060355

 

 

gold .9166

35

30

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

Govt. Mint

1,491

Arthur Rubinstein's signature on obv.

1,800.00

The 2nd International Piano Master Competition, named after Arthur Rubinstein, took place in 1977 in Jerusalem, marking the Maestro's 90th birthday. Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) is considered one of the greatest pianists of all times. Even though he was an agnostic by conviction, he was always proud of his Jewish heritage and considered himself a member of the Jewish nation and a great friend of the State of Israel.

The obverse shows the legend "2nd Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition Jerusalem 1977". The Hebrew version with the year 5737 is inscribed around the rim. The State emblem appears on top.
A portrait of Arthur Rubinstein based on a drawing by Pablo Picasso appears on the reverse.

 

PETAH TIKVA CENTENARY

Official Medal

1977 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

152.1

16059596

5737

1977

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

3,153

 

8.00

152.2

26059352

silver .935

35

30

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), SILVER .935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

2,989

 

35.00

152.3

36059354

gold .900

35

30

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), G 900, ser. #

1

Issued for use by Petah Tikva municipality

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Petah Tikva (derived from the biblical quote "Door of Hope") was founded in 1878 by a group of pious Jews from Jerusalem. It was built on swampy land near the Yarkon source and was the first Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel in modern times. Because Petah Tikva was established as a rural, mostly agricultural, settlement (sing. Moshava, plur. Moshavot), it earned the name "Mother of the Moshavot" (Em HaMoshavot). Today Petah Tikva is a large and prosperous commercial and industrial city.


The obverse depicts the Petah Tikva municipal emblem, showing a plough and citrus tree. On the left, an olive branch. The inscription in the center reads: "100 Years to Petah Tikva". On the rim, the dates "5638-5738, 1878-1977-8", and the English legend "Petah Tikva centenary".
On the reverse appear non-mechanized agricultural tools. a stylized fruit tree and a fence. The inscription above reads: "Mother of the Moshavot". In the center appears the biblical quote "And the valley of Achor to a Door of Hope" and the source "Hosea 2:17". The citation appears in Hosea 2:15 in English Bible translations.

 

ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA

80TH CONVENTION

Official Medal

1977 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

153.1

16061593

5737

1977

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

2,144

 

9.00

153.2

26061595

 

 

silver .935

59

117

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

19

Issued for use by ZOA

---

The names of many famous Jews are interwoven in the history of the Zionist Organization of America. The best known among them are the President of the Zionist Organization of America - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Louis Lipsky - writer and journalist, and Rabbi Stephen Wise. Among the early activists of the Z.O.A. was Judah Leib Magnes who immigrated to Palestine and became Chancellor-President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1977 the Z.O.A. held its 80th annual convention in Israel.

On the medal's obverse the figure "80" is entwined in the initials "ZOA", followed by the English legend "National Convention, Fourth in Israel July 6-13, 1977". On the right the Hebrew inscription reads: "Zionist Organization of America, the 80th National Convention - the 4th in Israel 20-27 Tamuz 5737".
The reverse shows links of a chain, with the State emblem in the top link and the ZOA emblem in the bottom link. The English inscription reads: "Presented by the Government of Israel". Between the lines of the inscription, olive branches stand out.

 

TENTH ZIMRIYA

Official Medal

1977 / 5737

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

154.1

16062599

5737

1977

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

2,120

 

12.00

The Tenth Zimriya was held in Jerusalem in 1977. Scores of choirs from Israel and abroad participated.

The obverse shows the Zimriya emblem - a clef on a stylized figure of a nightingale, and the inscription "The Tenth Zimriya 5737" in Hebrew and English. The English date is "1977".
A stylized panorama of Jerusalem appears on the reverse, as well as the inscription "Jerusalem" in Hebrew and English.

 

1978

 

OIL REFINERIES

Official Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

155.1

16063595

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

1,576

 

12.00

155.2

26063597

silver .935

59

115

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

1,415

 

140.00

The foundations for the Haifa Refineries were laid by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Corporation in 1938. In 1959, ownership was transferred to the Israel Government and since then much has been done to increase production and improve product quality. The Haifa Refinery served as a base for establishing auxiliary industries. With the rise in fuel consumption, another refinery was built in Ashdod. To mark the 40th year of the establishment of the Haifa Refinery, a special medal was issued.
 

The reverse depicts two storage tanks behind a brick wall. The name "Oil Refineries Ltd." appears in Hebrew and English.
The refinery is shown on the reverse. The biblical quote on rim reads: "Purified Seven Times" (Psalms 12:7).

 

THIRTY YEARS OF EXPORT

Official Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

156.1

16064591

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

2,195

 

10.00

The year 5738, Israel's Thirtieth Anniversary, well reflected the changes that took place in the economy of Israel during its first 30 years. To start with, Israel's exports were based on the food and textile industries, but a dynamic industrialization process broadened the spectrum until they included original products based on science and skills, in metal, electrical products, electronics, chemicals, etc., later supplemented by Israel's high-tech industry.

 

The medal's obverse shows an expanded candelabra entwined with a schematic model of the globe, symbolizing the expansion of Israeli export since the establishment of the State: 1948-1978. The text "Made in Israel" is imprinted in a square resembling a case, symbolizing an export package. On the rim appears the word "Export" in Hebrew and English.
The reverse depicts a seven-branched candelabrum entwined with the world's industrial wheels. On the rim is the inscription "Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism" in Hebrew and English.

 

BAT MITZVAH I

State Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

157.1

15064598

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

 

numbered through 4000

20.00

157.2

Hecht

 

numbered from 4001

20.00

157.3

unlisted

 

 

tombac g-p*

59

98

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

 

included

* gold or aureate plated, edge marking identical to tombac medal

25.00

157.4

     

cu-ni

39

26

plain

     

20.00

157.5

25064370

5738

1978

silver .935

37

26

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

Govt. Mint

 

 

50.00

157.6

25064192

5745

1985

silver .935

19

03

 

Govt. Mint

 

Issued as pendant

35.00

157.7

25064150

5754

1994

silver .999

15

01.5

reeded

Govt. Mint

 

Issued as pendant; ISRAEL & IGCMC emblem on rev.

20.00

157.8

35064186

5746

1986

gold .750

18

04.4

reeded

 

 

Issued as pendant

200.00

157.9

35064306

5738

1978

gold .750

30

15

reeded

Govt. Mint

2,701

 

700.00

157.10

35064225

5741

1981

gold .585

22

07

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 585, ser. #

Govt. Mint

1,283

 

250.00

157.11

35064144

5750

1990

gold .750

14

02.05

reeded

 

 

Issued as pendant; ISRAEL, IGCMC emblem & gold content .750 on rev.

100.00

157.12

35064136

5741

1981

gold .900

13

01.7

reeded

Hecht & Tadgraph

17,114

 

100.00

157.13

35064128

5750

1990

gold .585

12.5

01

 

 

 

Issued as pendant; ISRAEL, IGCMC emblem & & gold content .585 on rev.

50.00

Jewish tradition has it that a girl who passes her twelfth birthday by one day, is a "Bat Mitzvah". Sources in Judaism reveal that in distant history girls also celebrated their "Bat Mitzvah". The celebration has recently been revived in many Jewish communities around the world. Judaism did not wish to impose the entire burden of observing all the commandments upon a girl (later, on the woman) and relieved her of such observances that are connected with various occasions, because women bear the burden of raising children. On the other hand, there are observances for girls and women only, such as lighting the Sabbath candles.

On the obverse of the candle a girl's head faces two Sabbath candlesticks with candles. The verse around the rim reads: "Arise shine for thy light has come" (Isaiah 60:1), in Hebrew and in English.
The State emblem and the emblems of the twelve tribes appear on the reverse.

 

* The silver plated and gold or aureate plated tombac versions are undocumented, and their origin is therefore uncertain.

 

BAR MITZVAH II

State Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

158.1

15066590

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

 

numbered through 4000

20.00

158.2

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

Hecht

 

numbered from 4001

20.00

158.3

     

cu-ni

39

26

plain

     

20.00

158.4

25066372

5738

1978

silver .935

37

26

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

Govt. Mint

 

 

50.00

158.5

25066194

5745

1985

silver .935

19

03

 

Govt. Mint

 

Issued as pendant

35.00

158.6

 

 

 

silver

18

03

blank

 

 

 

25.00

158.7

25066180

5764

2004

silver

18

03

blank

 

 

Uniface, issued as prayer shawl clasp

35.00

158.8

25066152

5754

1994

silver .999

15

01.5

reeded

Govt. Mint

 

Issued as pendant; ISRAEL & IGCMC emblem on rev.

20.00

158.9

35066308

5738

1978

gold .750

30

15

reeded

Govt. Mint

2,701

 

700.00

158.10

35066227

5741

1981

gold .585

22

07

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 585, ser. #

Govt. Mint

1,238

 

250.00

158.11

35066188

5746

1986

gold .750

18

04.4

reeded

 

 

Issued as pendant

200.00

158.12

35066140

5764

2004

gold .585

14.5

01.8

 

 

 

Uniface, issued as prayer shawl clasp

85.00

158.13

35066146

5750

1990

gold .750

14

02.05

reeded

 

 

Issued as pendant; ISRAEL, IGCMC emblem & gold content .750 on rev.

100.00

158.14

35066138

5741

1981

gold .900

13

01.7

reeded

Hecht & Tadgraph

14,142

 

100.00

158.15

35066120

5750

1990

gold .585

12.5

01

 

 

 

Issued as pendant; ISRAEL, IGCMC emblem & & gold content .585 on rev.

50.00

When a Jewish boy reaches the age of thirteen he is deemed to be an adult as far as his religious duties are concerned. It is traditional to mark the occasion at a public ceremony, and to end the religious ceremony with an appropriate feast in the boy's honor. The first Bar Mitzvah medal (also known as Bar Mitzvah I) was issued on the occasion of the State's thirteenth anniversary in 1961. In view of its popularity the first issue was finally exhausted, prompting the IGCMC to design a new medal in 1978, almost identical to the first issue, but with a raised rim on the medal's reverse.changes. This issue as referred to as Bar Mitzvah II. As with the Bar Mitzvah I issue of 1961, the Bar Mitzvah II issue of 1978 was released in several metal alloys and a variety of sizes. Bar Mitzvah II medals have also been as accessories such as prayer shawl (Tallith) clasps, were issued as keychains or in lucite stands, appear as ornaments in prayer book covers, etcetera. The Bar Mitzvah I and II medals remain by the most popular State medals until this day.
 

The medal's obverse depicts a boy reading from the Torah, and the and the verse "At 13 for fulfilment of the mitzvoth" (Pirke Avoth - Ethics of the Fathers V:24) in Hebrew and English.
The reverse shows the State emblem and the emblems of the twelve tribes.

 

TEACHERS UNION

75TH ANNIVERSARY

Official Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

159.1

16065597

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

1,485

 

10.00

159.2

26065379

silver .935

37

26

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), SILVER .935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

Govt. Mint

2,230

 

35.00

The Teachers' Union originated as the Organization of Hebrew Teachers in Palestine which was founded in Zichron Ya'akov in 1903. The organization created the first curriculum for elementary schools, and remained for many years the sole institution dealing with the entire gamut of problems concerning Hebrew education in the country. In the course of years, many of the functions of the Teachers Union have been transferred to the National Educational Authorities and to the Ministry of Education after the establishment of the State. Nevertheless, the Teachers' Union, in addition to its concern with the professional problems of those engaged in teaching, continues to care for post graduate studies for teachers, the publishing of texts on education, etc.

The reverse of the medal depicts a stylized figure "75" The texts in Hebrew read: "Israel Teachers Union'' and "5663-5738". The English translation and dates "1903-1978" appear on the rim.
The reverse shows an open book, and on it the citation "But thine eyes shall see thy teachers" (Isaiah 30:20). The English translation appears on the rim to the left. Above, the figure "75" above a small open book.

 

WEDDING

State Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

160.1

15065594

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

 

 

12.00

160.2

25065376

5738

1978

silver .935

37

26

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

Hecht

 

 

35.00

160.3

35065302

5738

1978

gold .750

30

15

Reeded

Govt. Mint

5,182

 

700.00

160.4

35065221

5741

1981

gold .585

22

01.7

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 585, ser. #

Govt. Mint

7,300

 

60.00

160.5

35065132

5741

1981

gold .900

13

07

Reeded

Hecht & Tadgraph

 

 

400.00

A wedding anniversary may have even greater significance than a birthday. Hassidim explain that marriage represents the fulfillment of the day of birth. However, the period of married life is generally longer than that between birth and marriage and as such represents the greater part of one's life on earth. It is considered a good deed to entertain the bride and groom on their wedding day, and this takes the form of being present at their time of joy which should be accompanied with singing, dancing and with gifts. A most appropriate gift for both the bride and groom will be one which will last a lifetime and will serve as a reminder of their wedding day. It should also serve as a token of friendship shown by those who participate at the wedding.
 

The obverse shows an antique marriage ring and the legend "An Everlasting edifice, Seven Benedictions". On the rim below, the English translation.
On the reverse appears a stylized canopy, a chalice and the ketuba folio. In the center is a legend in Hebrew: "Love, brotherhood, peace, and friendship." On the rim above, the English translation.

 

BEIT HATFUTZOTH

DIASPORA MUSEUM

State Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

161.1

15067596

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

4,198

 

9.00

161.2

25067459

silver .935

45

40

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

2,013

 

60.00

Beit Hatfutzoth, the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, was built on the Tel Aviv University Campus. It was dedicated on 15th May 1978 as one of the events marking the 30th Anniversary of Israel's Independence. The permanent exhibit, occupying three floors of the museum, is based on six central themes: family, community, faith, culture, relations with the gentile world, and return to Zion. Although the purpose of Beit Hatfutzoth is to portray the creative aspects of Jewish life in the Diaspora, a powerful expression is found there to the memory of Jewish martyrdom in the fifty-two lit-up scroll-panels, each one depicting a chapter in Jewish persecution. Beit Hatfutzoth also serves as a center for manifold cultural activities, for study and research.

On the obverse appears the text "Beit Hatfutzoth" in Hebrew and the English translation "Museum of the Jewish Diaspora". The letter "Tz", the museum emblem, stands out. Above is a Star of David, symbol of the Jewish Diaspora.
Obverse
The seven branched candelabra and the globe, a symbol of ties between Israel and the Diaspora. Stars of David spread out, an expression of the Diaspora. Below, the verse "I will gather them from the coasts of the earth", Jeremiah 31:8. The English translation is on the rim to the left.


 

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

State Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

162.1

15226150

5755

1994

copper

150

465

plain

Hecht

 

Uniface

180.00

162.2

15069598

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

 

 

8.00

162.3

unlisted

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

plain

Kretschmer

included

 

?

162.4

25226150

5755

1994

silver .999

150

370

plain

Hecht

 

Uniface

420.00

162.5

25069451

5738

1978

silver .935

45

40

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

Kretschmer

 

 

50.00

162.6

25069346

5746

1986

silver .935

34

22

Kretschmer

 

Issued in pendant

60.00

Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land is as old as Christianity itself. Strong is the desire of many Christians to behold with their own eyes the surroundings where Jesus and the apostles were born and where they preached. Reading the Bible becomes more meaningful to a person who has visited the places mentioned therein. In the view of pious Christians, the Holy Land is the center of the world and Jerusalem the center of the Holy Land.

 

This outstandingly attractive medal depicts on its obverse one of the most famous, eccentric, but also beautiful world maps ever made, "Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat" (The entire World in a Clover Leaf) by Heinrich Bünting, dating from 1581. The German map shows the three continents Europe, Asia and Africa as clover leaves ("America Die neue Welt" - America the new World - is depicted bottom left), with Jerusalem placed at the center of the world.

On the reverse appears the biblical verse "They all gather and come to you" (Isaiah 60:4).

 

HABIMAH

60TH ANNIVERSARY

State Medal

1978 / 5738

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

163.1

15071595

5738

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

1,964

 

10.00

163.2

25071458

silver .935

45

47

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

1,889

 

55.00

From left to right:

The 300th performance ad of "The Dybbuk" in Moscow (early 1920s),

Hanna Rovina's famous scene from "The Dybbuk",

   and a newspaper report from 1935.

The "Habimah" Theatre was established in Moscow in 1918 during the Bolshevik Revolution by a group of Jewish youngsters devoted to the Hebrew language. Habimah pioneers proclaimed in the first paragraph of their theatre byelaw "The group is formed so it may afterwards establish the Habimah Theatre in Palestine". As pressure within the Soviet Union against the usage of Hebrew as a language grew, the group forsook Moscow for a series of performances in Europe and the United States. It reached Palestine in 1928. The cornerstone of the present-day Habimah Theatre complex in Tel Aviv was laid in 1935 at a festive ceremony and in 1958, forty years after it was founded in Moscow, the Minister of Education and Culture bestowed on behalf of the Government the title "The National Theatre" to "Habimah".

The "Habimah" emblem and the legend "Habimah National Theatre" in Hebrew and English appear on the obverse, as well as the numeral 60 and the dates "Moscow 1918-lsrael 1978".
The reverse is graced by the actress Hanna Rovina (1889/1892-1980), who is recognized as the original "First Lady of Hebrew Theatre", here depicted in a scene from "The Dybbuk".

 

SHAARE ZEDEK

Official Medal

1978 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

164.1

15072591

5739

1978

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

3,100

 

9.00

164.2

25072454

silver .935

45

47

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

3,007

 

70.00

The association of "Shaare Zedek" with the Jewish community in Jerusalem dates back to 1873. At first, from 1892 Shaare Zedek ran a clinic within the Old City under the leadership of Dr. Moshe Wallach, and in 1902 the hospital was inaugurated outside the city walls on Jaffa Street. The hospital served as the people's guardian during times of plagues, in times of war and bloody riots as well as during periods of calm. The State of Israel today maintains a modern comprehensive health service, in which Shaare Zedek has its rightful role. The medical center inaugurated in 1979 has been equipped with the most modern instruments. The new Shaare Zedek Medical Center employs, among other things, innovative technological methods which make strict observance of Halachic regulations possible and at the same time, administers the best medical attention.


The obverse depicts the hospital emblem presented as a stylized Star of David. On the rim is the legend "Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem 5739" in Hebrew. The English translation has the date "1978".
The reverse shows the Shaare Zedek hospital buildings inaugurated in 1978. The biblical quote reads: "Open unto me the gates of righteousness" (Psalms 118:19).

 

1979

 

JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL NUMISMATIC MEETING

Official Medal

1979 / 5739

Cat. # 165.2 - uniface of reverse

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

165.1

16069452

5739

1979

tombac

45

40

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

2,945

 

6.00

165.2

46069458

tin

45

20

blank

352

Uniface, reverse only; presented to participants

80.00

165.3

26069454

silver .935

45

48

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), SILVER .935 (H), SILVER (E), ser. #

2,996

 

55.00

The TVRRIS DAVIT Crusader coin, original and artist's rendering.

An International Numismatic Meeting meet was held in Jerusalem in 1979. From among the many displays the "Kagan Collection" from the United States stood out. It is the world's most comprehensive collection of coins and banknotes issued by the State of Israel and the Mandatory Governments, as well as State medals and others. issued by the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation.

The medal's obverse bears an inscription "Jerusalem International Numismatic Meeting, 1979" in Hebrew and English. Around the inscription, a series of coins and medals issued by the IGCMC.
The reverse shows a replica of the obverse of a Crusader Jerusalem coin of the late 12th century. The inscription TVRRIS, "tower" in Latin, refers to the drawing appearing on the Crusader coin. Around is an inscription "David's Tower" in Hebrew and English.

 

A uniface variety minted in tin, showing the reverse of the original medal, was presented to participants in the meeting.

 

ALBERT EINSTEIN

CENTENARY OF BIRTH

State Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

166.1

15070599

5738

 

1978

 

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

3,124

 

20.00

166.2

25070452

silver .935

45

47

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

2,587

 

55.00

Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the great physicists of the all times, renowned humanitarian and Nobel Prize winner arrived in the United States in 1933. He served as professor at Princeton University until his retirement in 1945. "Einstein's Theory of Relativity" revolutionized theoretical physics causing the development of the atomic theory-Einstein became attracted to Zionism in 1921. He was among the leading activists on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1946 he appeared before the Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry pleading the cause of Jewish Palestine. He appeared as a guest speaker at the first Independence Day celebration. He bequeathed his manuscripts to the Hebrew University, including his article on general relativity.

A likeness of Einstein, according to the sculpture by the English sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein (1933) in the entrance to the Mathematics Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graces the obverse of the medal. The legend reads: "Albert Einstein 5639-5715". The English dates are "1879-1955".
The reverse shows a mathematical formula in Einstein's handwriting. Around the rim appears the legend "Jerusalem Centennial Symposium, Adar 5739" in Hebrew. The English translation bears the date "March 1979".

 

FOOD INDUSTRY

Official Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

167.1

16066593

5739

1979

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

2,600

 

9.00

Israel's food industry is based on local agriculture which supplies the raw materials. Sun, soil and progressive agriculture practices have combined to produce record yields, part of which is channeled to the food industry. Israel is also a major exporter of food products, which are widely sold in kosher stores worldwide.

 

The obverse of the medal depicts products that are representative for the local food industry, such as a sausage, fish, wine, beverage, chocolate bar, cookie, bread, nuts, candies, fruits and canned food.

The reverse depicts a seven-branched candelabrum entwined with the world's industrial wheels. On the rim is the inscription "Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism" in Hebrew and English.

 

ISRAEL-EGYPT PEACE

State Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

168.1

15068592

5739

1979

tombac

59

98

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

Kretschmer

32,974

numbered through 2001*

20.00

168.2

Hecht

numbered from 2001*

8.00

168.3

25068594

silver .935

59

98

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

Kretschmer

10,676

numbered through 1000*

140.00

168.4

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

Hecht

numbered from 1001*

120.00

168.5

25068455

silver .935

45

47

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

Kretschmer

15,549

numbered through 10500*

55.00

168.6

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

Emanograph

numbered 10501-15970*

55.00

168.7

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

Kretschmer

numbered from 15971*

55.00

168.8

35068350

gold .900

35

30

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), GOLD 900, ser. #

Govt. Mint

8,162

 

1,500.00

In November 1977, Anwar El Sadat, President of Egypt, took the first courageous step towards attaining peace between the Arab states and Israel, by making a State visit to Jerusalem as the guest of the Government and by declaring "No more war". Negotiations followed, at first in Jerusalem and in Cairo, and later at Camp David in the USA, with the active participation of President Jimmy Carter. The peace treaty was signed in Washington 26 March 1979. The treaty bears the signatures of Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel and Anwar Al Sadat in the name of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The treaty also bears the signature of Jimmy Carter as a witness. To honor the historic occasion, a special State medal was.


In the center of the obverse is a square formed by the word "Shalom", Salaam", and "Peace". Below the square is the date according to the Hebrew, Islamic Hijri and Gregorian calendar - 5739, 1399, 1979. Around the rim appears the legend "Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty Jerusalem, Cairo, Washington" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
On the reverse the sun, symbol, of hope, shines over Mt. Sinai. On the rim appears the verse "I will give peace in the land - Leviticus 26:6" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

 

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

 

JERUSALEM ROTARY JUBILEE

Official Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

169.1

16067450

5739

1979

tombac

45

40

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

1,762

 

12.00

169.2

26067452

silver .935

45

40

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), SILVER .935 (H), STERLING (E), ser. #

1,473

 

100.00

The Jerusalem Rotary Club, the first Rotary Club in Eretz Israel, was founded in 1929, sponsored by the Cairo Rotary. The Jerusalem Club celebrated its jubilee during the same month that the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel was signed.

On the medal's obverse, a stylized figure "50" is formed by the Rotary wheel together with an olive branch, the symbol of peace. Below is the inscription "Jerusalem Rotary Jubilee" in Hebrew and English.
Jerusalem sights, sacred to the three monotheistic faiths, grace the reverse. "Jerusalem" appears in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

 

11TH HAPOEL GAMES

Official Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

170.1

16068595

5739

1979

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

1,968

 

10.00

"Hapoel" a sports organization, connected to the General Federation of Labour, was founded in Haifa in 1924. "Hapoel" was a pioneer in water sports, and "Hapoel Units" fulfilled defense roles. "Hapoel" has hundreds of branches throughout the country, many of them in immigration settlements and in workers villages.
The first National Congress took place in 1928. At later congresses Labour sports organizations from abroad participated. The 11th Congress took place in 1979.

On the medal's obverse appears the emblem of the 11th Hapoel Games sand the inscription: "Hapoel Games". The number "11" is stylized as a hurdle, symbolizing athletics. On the rim is the Hebrew, Arabic and English inscription: "Many and Medalists", a motto characteristic of popular sports' organizations.
The reverse depicts athletes engaged in various sports activities and a citation from Isaiah (40:31), "They shall run and not be weary". The English tanslation appears on the bottom rim.

 

JEWISH AGENCY JUBILEE

State Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

171.1

15073597

5739

1979

tombac

59

98

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

Emanograph

3,039

numbered through 2997

8.00

Hecht

numbered from 2998

150.00

The founding convention of the "Jewish Agency for Palestine" took place in Zurich in 1929. Half of those who attended the convention were representatives of the World Zionist Organization, elected by the Zionist Congress, and the other half were representatives of organizations and important personalities not identified with Zionism. The Jewish Agency came to fulfill an important role in education, mobilizing and activating the Jewish people to prepare Palestine for a renewal of national independence, as well as for large migration. Upon the establishment of the State, which opened its gates wide to mass immigration, the Zionist executive concluded that the task of immigration and absorption cannot be borne by the Israeli government alone but was an obligation which the entire Jewish people, wherever they are, must assume. The Jewish Agency undertook to organize immigration, assist in absorption in Israel, be concerned with youth immigration and participate in the budget for education and health.

The obverse shows the emblem of the Jewish Agency. Around the rim, the inscription in Hebrew and English reads: "Jewish Agency for Israel Jubilee 5689-5739, 1929-1979".
The reverse depicts a fractional reproduction of the Star of David, the immigrants disembarking from a ship, completing the Star of David. A citation from Zachariah 8:8 "And I will bring them in and they will be my people". The English translation appears on the rim.

 

Remark: All medals are uniformly rotated (see image).

 

NATHANYA JUBILEE

Official Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

172.1

16070592

5739

1979

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

3,356

 

8.00

172.2

26070358

silver .935

35

30

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), SILVER 935 (H), SILVER (E),  ser. #

Gov't. Mint

1,813

 

55.00

Nathanya was founded in 1929. The nucleus came from "Bnei Benyamin" members of settlements who desired to establish a new agricultural settlement of their own. Over the years the agricultural character of Nathanya began to change. Shops and industrial enterprises began to develop. The most notable among them, the diamond industry. Another industry which developed very rapidly was tourism because of its resort facilities. Nathanya also serves as the centre for citrus packing of the entire Sharon region. Nathanya was awarded municipal status during the year Israel became independent, 1948. In the course of time, other suburbs in the vicinity opted to become part of the city.

The medal's obverse depicts the Nathanya municipal emblem, the inscription "50th Jubilee Nathanya" and the date "5739-1978/79" in Hebrew and in English.
A stylized panorama of Nathanya's seafront graces the reverse. On the rim appears the biblical verse "For thy city and thy people are called by thy name" (Daniel 9:19), in Hebrew and English.

 

ISRAEL RAILWAYS

Official Medal

1979 / 5739

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

173.1

16072594

5739

1979

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

4,432

 

10.00

Jaffa-bound train boarding at Jerusalem station, mid-1890s.

The sign on the station wall reads "Quds Sharif" (Noble Jerusalem).

The first railway linking Jaffa and Jerusalem commenced operations in 1892. The British Mandatory regime continued development, but during the first three decades of Israel's independence its railways were only of secondary concern, falling victim to a preference of road traffic over rail transportation. Since the 1990s, however, Israel's railway system is undergoing a true metamorphosis, with the construction of new lines, doubling of track, addition of modern and comfortable rolling stock, building of many new stations and upgrading of all others. From 121 track km (75 mi) operable following the War of Independence, Israel's railway network has grown to 975 track km (606 mi) in 2009. The medal was issued to commemorate the construction of the recently completed Negev desert line, directly linking the nation's large phosphate deposits to the ports of Ashdod and Haifa.

The obverse depicts the old logo of Israel Railways and a stretch of rail. The citation, extending over three lines reads: "Make straight in the desert a highway" (Isaiah 40:3). The English translation appears on the rim.
The reverse shows a Baldwin steam locomotive in use in Palestine during the late 19th and early 20th century, respectively by the Ottomans and the British. To the right appears a diesel engine in use for passenger traffic until less than a decade ago.

 

ISRAEL-MEXICO

Official Medal

1979 / 5740

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

174.1

16071598

5740

1979

tombac

59

90

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Emanograph

5,274

4,977* minted

8.00

Hecht

326* minted

174.2

26071401

silver .935

40

33.6

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), SILVER (H), STERLING 925 (E), ser. #

Mexico

3,991

 

45.00

174.3

36071380

gold .900

38

34.6

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), G 900, ser. #

Mexico

2,003

 

1,700.00

174.4

36071306

gold .900

30

17.3

Govt. Mint

2,699

 

850.00

In 1979 an exhibition of Israeli coins took place in Mexico City, while at the same time in Jerusalem an exhibition of coins issued by "Banco de México", was being held. To mark the occasion, a special two-sided medal was issued. On the Israeli side of the medal - a stylized seven-branched candelabrum, one of the notable objects both in the Tabernacle, set up by the Children of Israel in the desert, and in the Temple in Jerusalem. It was chosen as the State emblem of the re-established Israel in 1948. On the Mexican side - one theme has artistic significance while the other is a likeness of Quetzalcoatl, one of the more prominent idols of Mexican mythology. He is considered a benign deity who granted humanity life, culture and art.

The obverse depicts the stylized seven-branched candelabrum and the inscription "Israel Coin Exhibition, Mexico 5740" in Hebrew and English which notes the date as " 1979".
On the reverse appears the figure of a serpent, from the sculptures appearing in the Temple-fortress of Quetzalcoatl in Tiotixuaguan. The inhabitants there during the 2nd and 3rd centuries, developed a high degree of civilization and a rich culture, influencing all parts of Central America. The inscription in Spanish reads: "Exposicion de Moneda del Banco de México, Jerusalen, 1979".

 

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

 

1980

 

KEREN HAYESOD

60TH ANNIVERSARY

Official Medal

1980 / 5740

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

175.1

16073590

5740

1980

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Hecht

4,481

 

8.00

Keren Hayesod and the United Israel Appeal were the central fund raising agencies for the World Zionist Organization, afterwards the Jewish Agency, for financing the development of Israel. The fund was established in London in 1920, in order to implement an extensive Zionist development program. Before the State was established, the proceeds of Keren Hayesod were devoted to immigration, absorption, settlement, education, development, water resources, public works, investment in economic enterprises (electricity, potash, Zim, etc.) and building the Tel Aviv port. With the establishment of the State, many of these responsibilities were taken over by the Government, while Keren Hayesod devoted itself to financing immigration, absorption and settlement.

Obverse
In the centre, a stylized form of the globe. Upon it the figure "60" and the initials of Keren Hayesod in Hebrew and English. Around the globe an inscription in Hebrew: "Keren Hayesod 5680-5740". The name Keren Hayesod in English with the dates: "1920-1980". On the rim, the inscription: "United Israel Appeal" in Hebrew and English.
Reverse
A stylized form of a key within which there is the emblem of Keren Hayesod and a Star of David. On the side a citation: 'The Key is in the hands of the Jewish People 5680". On the rim there is the English translation and the date "1920".

 

SHEMA ISRAEL

HEAR O ISRAEL

State Medal

1980 / 5740

 

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

176.1

15074593

5740

1980

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

 

 

15.00

176.2

78019708

5754

1994

zinc-alum.

19

05

 

 

 

Issued as lapel pin, redesigned reverse

30.00

176.3

25074375

5740

1980

silver .935

37

26

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

Govt. Mint

 

 

30.00

176.4

25074278

5740

1980

silver .925

27

12

reeded

Govt. Mint

 

 

35.00

176.5

25074197

5746

1986

silver .935

19

03

 

Govt. Mint

 

Issued as pendant

25.00

176.6

25074180

5764

2004

silver

18

03

blank

 

 

Uniface, issued as prayer shawl clasp

35.00

176.7

25074155

5754

1994

silver .999

15

01.5

 

 

 

Redesigned reverse

20.00

176.8

35074301

5740

1980

gold .750

30

15

State emblem, STATE OF ISRAEL (H+E), G 750, ser. #

Govt. Mint

 

 

700.00

176.9

35074220

5740

1980

gold .585

22

07

reeded

Govt. Mint

 

 

250.00

176.10

35074181

5743

1983

gold .750

18

04.4

 

 

 

Issued as pendant

200.00

176.11

 

5740

1980

gold .750

15

02.0

blank

 

 

Uniface

100.00

176.12

35074149

5750

1990

gold .750

14

02.05

 

 

 

Redesigned reverse

100.00

176.13

35074131

5741

1981

gold .900

13

01.7

reeded

Hecht & Tadgraph

 33,008

 

100.00

176.14

35074123

5750

1990

gold .585

12.5

01

 

 

 

Redesigned reverse

50.00

Shama Yisrael...", "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One". Reading this passage is a biblical commandment "And let these words which I command thee this day, be upon thy heart" (Deuteronomy 6:6). "Hear O Israel" is a pronouncement that a Jew hears from the day he is born to the day he dies, constituting a profession of faith in the unity between the Jew and his Maker, repeated daily. It is also a proclamation of the identity of the individual with his people. "Hear O Israel" binds Jews from distant countries who have no other common language. They greet and introduce themselves to each other with the words "Hear O Israel".

On the obverse appear the partial citation "Shema Yisrael" (Hear O Israel) in stylized Hebrew letters, the source Deuteronomy 6:4, and the seven-branched candelabrum.
On the reverse is the full verse "Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is One, DT 6:4" in English, and a Star of David.

 

3RD ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO MASTER COMPETITION

State Medal

1980 / 5740

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

177.1

15076595

5740

1980

tombac

59

98

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

Hecht

2,477

 

12.00

177.2

25076377

silver .935

37

26

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

1,951

 

35.00

177.3

35076353

gold .9166

35

30

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

Govt. Mint

1,493

Arthur Rubinstein's signature on obv.

1,600.00

"para mio amigo Arturo Rubinstein - Picasso el 19.7.58."

(for my friend Arthur Rubinstein - Picasso 19th July 1958)

The 3rd International Piano Master Competition, named after Arthur Rubinstein, took place in 1980 in Israel. Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) is considered one of the greatest pianists of all times. Even though he was an agnostic by conviction, he was always proud of his Jewish heritage and considered himself a member of the Jewish nation and a great friend of the State of Israel.

The obverse shows the legend "3rd Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition Jerusalem 1980". The Hebrew version with the year 5740 is inscribed around the rim. The State emblem appears on top.
A portrait of Arthur Rubinstein based on a drawing by Pablo Picasso appears on the reverse.

 

DAGON SILO

Official Medal

1980 / 5740

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

178.1

16077594

5740

1980

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

4,792

 

8.00

The Dagon silo is a major Haifa landmark, dominating part of the downtown skyline.

The Dagon grain silo is one of Haifa's most conspicuous landmarks, dominating part of the downtown skyline. The granary has given the Haifa Port the most modern facilities for the transportation of grain, by making maximum usage of the large installations and its numerous mechanical devices. The granary, an important factor in the Israeli economy, has achieved world records in its operations and has been awarded labor prizes as well as international recognition. The "Dagon" medal was issued to mark the corporation's 30th anniversary. The silo also houses a grain museum.

The medal's obverse depicts a stylized relief of the "Dagon" building flanked by a vessel, and the inscription "Dagon" in Hebrew and English.
The reverse features an antique jug for storing grain. Beneath is the inscription "Thou mayest gather in thy grain" (Deuteronomy 11:14) in Hebrew and English. Below are three sheaves. On the rim, the inscription: "Dagon Batey-Mamguroth Le-lsrael Ltd. Haifa [Dagon Israel Granary Installations Ltd.]. Serving Israel's Economy and Culture" in Hebrew and English.

 

MAGEN DAVID ADOM JUBILEE

Official Medal

(not sold to public)

1980 / 5740

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

179.1

16078590

5740

1980

tombac

59

98

IGCMC emblem, I.G.C.M.C. (H+E), ser. #

Kretschmer

4,990

 

15.00

Ever since 1930, when Magen David Adom (Red Magen David) was founded, it has given first aid service, ambulance services and blood bank services. It also serves as an auxiliary to the IDF health services, in peace and in war. Magen David Adom is spread from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south, and owns a large and modern fleet of ambulances, mobile blood banks and special ambulances equipped to give first aid to heart patients.

On the obverse appears a stylized relief of a Star of David upon a background of shades of other shields. On the rim, to the right, the inscription in Hebrew reads: "Magen David Adorn in Israel 50th Jubilee 5690-5740". The English translation marks the dates as "1930-1980".
The reverse is dominated by the inscription in Hebrew "Whoever saves one life has saved an entire world" (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:8, 37a). Within the inscription are depicted a stylized globe, a heart and a drop of blood. The English translation appears on the rim.

 

ZE'EV JABOTINSKY

CENTENARY OF BIRTH

State Medal

1980 / 5740

CAT. #

DATE ISSUED

ALLOY

Ø
MM

WT.
GR.

EDGE

&

MARKINGS

MINT

MINTAGE

REMARKS

VALUE
USD

SHEQEL

IGCMC

Heb.

Civil

180.1

15075701

5740

1980

tombac

70

140

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

Kretschmer

6,088

numbered to 3000

10.00

180.2

Hecht

numbered from 3001

10.00

Ze'ev Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940) had distinguished himself while still a youth in his struggle on behalf of Jewish rights in czarist Russia. During the First World War, he, together with Joseph Trumpeldor, advocated the setting up of a Hebrew army. He enlisted in the "Royal Fusiliers" and with it he reached the Palestine front. During the riots in Jerusalem in 1920 he was the "Haganah" commander. Arrested, he was sentenced to fifteen years with hard labor. After receiving a pardon, he was elected to the Zionist Executive. Later he resigned because of his opposition to the Weizmann Pro-British policy and organized the "New Zionist Organization" based upon his own Revisionist movement. Within the Jewish communities in East Europe, he strongly advocated forsaking the Diaspora en masse and migrating to Palestine "illegally". As a commander of Betar, he prepared the youth belonging to his movement for war in Palestine. He died in New York in the midst of his travels in the United States where he urged the setting up of a Jewish army and the establishment of a Jewish state. In his will he requested that his remains be transferred to Palestine "but only upon orders from the government of the Jewish State which will surely come into being". His remains were transferred to Jerusalem in 1964 by order of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and accorded a State funeral on Mount Herzl. Ze'ev Jabotinsky was a man of many talents; a gifted statesman, poet, writer, translator and orator.

 

The obverse of the medal is graced by a sculptured likeness of Ze'ev Jabotinsky. His signature appears in Hebrew and English.
On the reverse is the Betar emblem, and a quotation from Jabotinsky: "Zion is ours".

catalog numbers 182 through 185 have been reserved for possible undocumented issues to be added at a later stage

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