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Offline Rabi_R

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Israel: 10 Lirot, KM #53, Independence series coin
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:45:32 AM »


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Re: Israel: 10 Lirot, KM #53, Independence series coin
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 12:24:55 PM »
When this coin was struck, using letters to make a picture on a coin was still a new idea. Here, the picture expresses the concept of Mount Zion, the symbol of the "ingathering of the exiles", hence the origin of the word zionism. The text is biblical: Deuteronomy 34:6 - ... to this day no one knows where his grave is. The text refers to Moses, who is said to have led the Jewish tribes from their exile in Egypt back to "the promised land" kicking out those living there in the process.

The symbolism doesn't end there. In front of the mountain is a netted, US style (keep in mind that the coin was aimed at the US market and meant to raise money) military helmet with an olive sapling in front, signifying peace through (military) strength. The two together are vaguely reminiscent of a temporary military grave in wartime. On the other side is a stylised picture of a menorah, formed by the word "peace". As in Arabic, in Hebrew the word for peace and hello is the same.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.