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Centennial of the First Zionist Congress

Israel's 49th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

1997 / 5757


Zionist Congress Gold Coin


Israel's 49th anniversary coin encapsulates 100 years of history. In 1897, the first Zionist Congress took place in Basel, Switzerland, initiated by Theodor Herzl, a lawyer, writer and journalist. Herzl was troubled by the plight of his people, who were suffering the pains of not having a homeland. He was determined to find a solution to the problem.

The First Zionist Congress was the event, which led to founding of the modern State of Israel 50 Years later.

The coin depicts the famous picture of Theodore Herzl leaning over the balcony of the Drei Konige Hotel, overlooking the Rhine.


Description of the Coin

Front

Theodor Herzl leaning over the balcony of the Drei Konige Hotel, overlooking the Rhine. In Hebrew "If you will it, it is no legend".

Reverse

The denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with the year of issue "5757/1997" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription: "Centennial of the First Zionist Congress - Basel 1897" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the left. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom. The proof-like coin with a six pointed 'Star of David'.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 66 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30 mm 16.96 grams 1,326 1000.00


Zionist Congress Gold Coin Zionist Congress Gold Coin

Actual gold weight:    1/2 oz.   encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
A 40 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 4,275 30.00
A 40a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 4,021 55.00


Zionist Congress Silver Coin Zionist Congress Silver Coin

Zionist Congress Silver Proof Coin Zionist Congress Silver Proof Coin


Each coin is encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel


Proof-Like: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality planchet. The coin displays a mirror type finish, but of lesser degree than a full Proof strike. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Zionist Congress" coin at the bottom.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck 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. A small Hebrew 'mem' mintmark is struck on the "Zionist Congress" coin at the bottom.

ASW: actual silver weight


Also, available:

The Silver Proof-like coin is offered together with a First Day cover by the Israel Philatelic Service. A 1996 stamp issue commemorating the "Zionist Congress". Housed in a custom wallet style folder. Nicely presented.


Cat No.
Image
Description
Price
72114508 P1 P2
Philatelic Numismatic Cover with Silver Proof-like Coin
35.00


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