"PEOPLE OF THE BOOK"
Israel's 33rd Anniversary of Independence Coin
"The People of the Book"
The "Book of Books" was given to the Jewish people who are therefore called, "The People of the Book". The Bible was written in Hebrew and over the generations scribes and scholars copied letters, sentences and passages, thus preserving the spiritual independence and culture of the nation, even during the long period that it was dispersed among other nations.
The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet formed the basis of two Jewish languages spoken in the Diaspora - Yiddish and Ladino.
Description of the Coin
An open book and the flowing image of the Hebrew alphabet above. The proof coin struck with a Hebrew 'mem' mintmark at the bottom. The Uncirculated coin struck with a "Star of David".
The denomination "2" or "10" in the center. The State emblem, at the left. The inscription "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English, the date "1981" and "5741" in Hebrew, "Two Sheqalim" or "Ten Sheqalim" in Hebrew.
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel