"Proclamation of the State of Israel" 1988/5748
This coin commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the State of Israel. It displays David Ben Gurion speaking to the members of Parliament (Knesset).
The Knesset is the house of representatives of the State of Israel. It has 120 Members who are elected in general elections once every four years. The name "Knesset" is derived from the "Great Knesset" or "Great Assembly" which convened in Jerusalem after the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile in the fifth century BCE. The policies of the Knesset were set by the Zionist Congress, which first convened in Basel in 1897, by the Assembly of Representatives (Assefat Hanivharim) of the Jewish community in 'Palestine Mandate' and influenced by the procedures and customs of the British Parliament.
Description of the Coin
The number "40" with a scene from the Proclamation of the State of Israel ceremony from within the Knesset. David Ben Gurion is standing with the national flags and a portrait of Theodor Herzl above. The inscription in Hebrew and English "Israel's 40th Anniversary."
The denomination "1, 2 or 10" from top to bottom with the date "1988/5748" in Hebrew and English around the rim. In the center, the official emblem of the State of Israel.
The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star below the State Emblem. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. - encapsulated and housed in a display case from the Bank of Israel