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"Menorah" 1958/5718


The first commemorative coin issued by the Bank of Israel, struck to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the State.

The Menorah is one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith. It is the chosen symbol of the nation of Israel and referred to as "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6).

Our synagogues display the Lamp and is known as the "Eternal Flame"


Description of the Coin

Front

A seven-branched candelabrum, the State Emblem of Israel.

Reverse

The denomination "5" with the date "1958/5718" in Hebrew and English. "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic with "Israel Lirot" in Hebrew.


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
A 1 5 Lirot Unc. .900 silver 34 mm 25 grams .7234 oz 97,901 30.00
A 1a 5 Lirot Proof .900 silver 34 mm 25 grams .7234 oz 2,000 280.00


Menorah Silver Coin Menorah Silver Coin


The 1958 Menorah Proof is one of the most difficult items to obtain in the commemorative series. The Proof is distinguished from the regular strike by the highly polished planchet and the white frost on all the inscriptions.

The center of the obverse will have a true mirror surface and will not contain the cross rays that appear on the regular strike. A scanned image does not properly display the characteristics of the proof.


Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. The coin displays a matte type appearance.


Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck with extra pressure using polished dies. The planchets are specially selected and polished. The coins exhibit a mirror-like surface in the fields and a frosted appearance on the raised points of the coin.

ASW: actual silver weight


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