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1960 / 5720

Herzl postcard

Israel's First Gold Coin

The Third Silver Anniversary Coin

This is the First Gold Coin issued by the Bank of Israel. It was issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl.

Theodor Herzl, (1860-1904), was an Austrian journalist and playwright and the chief leader of the Zionist movement. The movement's aim was to set up a Jewish national home in Palestine. Herzl was born in Budapest, Hungary.

The growing problem of anti-Jewish feeling in Europe, increased by the Dreyfus case in France, attracted Herzl's attention. He saw that European Jews had failed to gain social equality even when they had become politically free. He then advanced the idea of gathering the scattered Jews into a country and a nation of their own. His motives were economic and social, rather than religious. Herzl's Jewish State, published in 1896, attracted many people to the Zionist cause, including Max Nordau and Israel Zangwill. In 1897, Herzl presided over the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Description of the Coin


A portrait of Theodor Herzl in the upper right. The state emblem appears at the bottom with the inscription in Hebrew, "It is no legend".


The inscription in Hebrew: "Twenty Israeli Lirot 1860-1960/5620-5720. The State Emblem appears in the center of the coin. Silver Coins: The large Numeral "5" and the Hebrew inscription, "Israeli Lirot."

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 1 20 Lirot Unc. Gold/.916 22 mm 7.988 grams 10,498 out of stock

Herzl Gold Coin Herzl Gold Coin

Actual Gold Weight: .2355 oz

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
A 3 5 Lirot Unc. .900 silver 34 mm 25 grams .7234 oz 34,322 30.00
A 3a 5 Lirot Proof .900 silver 34 mm 25 grams .7234 oz 4,867 35.00

Herzl Silver Coin Unc Herzl Silver Coin Unc

Herzl Silver Proof Coin Herzl Silver Proof Coin

Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. The coin displays a matte type appearance.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck with extra pressure 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 "Herzl" coin at the bottom.

ASW: actual silver weight

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