Centennial of the First Zionist Congress
Israel's 49th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
1997 / 5757
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
Theodor Herzl leaning over the balcony of the Drei Konige Hotel, overlooking the Rhine. In Hebrew "If you will it, it is no legend".
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
||10 NIS Proof
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel
||1 NIS Proof-like
||2 NIS Proof
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
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.
Philatelic Numismatic Cover with Silver Proof-like Coin
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