|"FAO" - 50th Anniversary
Bank of Israel Commemorative Coin. 1985/5745
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1995. Dedicated to the task of preventing hunger and malnutrition in the world, the "FAO" is concerned with improving the efficiency of world food production and distribution, and bettering the conditions of rural populations.
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948) recognizes that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for his health and well being, and that this is a collective, global responsibility.
Realizing the importance of coins as an educational media, the FAO launched a Money and Medal program in 1968, aimed at conveying its message of the urgent need to increase food and agricultural production. Since then the FAO has encouraged governments to use their coinage for this educational purpose. In addition to the educational significance of the coins, profits amounting to some 18 million dollars have been shared by participating countries and used directly in the development of agriculture.
Description of the Coin
The FAO Emblem with the anniversary dates "1945-1995". Above, the verse "Deal thy bread to the hungry" (Isaiah 58:7) in Hebrew and English.
The denomoination with Sheaves of Corn in the center of the coin. The State Emblem above. "Israel" inscribed in Hebrew, English and Arabic with the Mint Year: 1995 and "Fiftieth Anniversary FAO".
The Silver Proof coin is also offered together with a First Day cover from the Israel Philatelic Service. The cacheted cover has the stamp commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations. Housed in a custom folder style case.