"Yitzhak Rabin" 1922-1995
Yitzhak Rabin, the first "sabra" native-born Prime Minster of the State of Israel, was born in 1922 in Jerusalem, the city he fought for in the War of Independence and liberated in the Six Day War. It was the city of Jerusalem in which he was buried in 1995, in a section of the national Cemetery on Mount Herzl reserved for the nation's leaders.
Yitzhak Rabin fought in the War of Independence, at first as an operations officer and later as commander of the Harel Brigade. In 1963, Rabin was appointed as Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff.
After leaving the military, Rabin became a national leader. He was one of Israel's outstanding ambassadors to the United States. When he returned to Israel, Rabin entered politics and served as a member of the Knesset, Minister and Prime Minister. Throughout his political career, he was known for his personal integrity and straight forward approach, for which he was greatly respected.
In 1992, the Labor Party, headed by Rabin, was re-elected. As Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Rabin declared a change in national priorities and promised to achieve a peace arrangement. His long years as a soldier instilled in him a desire to bring Peace to the Middle East in order to prevent further bloodshed and ensure a secure and better future. In October 1994 he signed a peace agreement with Jordan, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the following December.
Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995, at the end of a mass peace rally "Yes to Peace, No to Violence." Yitzhak Rabin will go down in history as one of the great leaders of the 20th century.
At the first anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Bank of Israel issued a set of three legal tender commemorative coins. For the first time in Israel's numismatic history, the gold coin contains 1 ounce of pure gold and bears a Face Value of 20 New Sheqalim.
Description of the Coin
FrontA Portrait of Yitzhak Rabin with the words "Yitzhak Rabin" in Hebrew and English and the years "5682-5756, 1922-1995".
The denomination "1, 2 or 20" with the year of issue "5757/1996", the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic with the State Emblem.
The proof-like silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
Actual gold weight: 1 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel