|"Let My People Go" 1971/5731
Special Issue Commemorative Coin
Coins issued by the Bank of Israel in support of “Freedom” for the Jews of the former Soviet Union.
"We regard it as our privilege and our duty to appeal to the nations of the world to be neither silent nor aloof. We appeal to them to support Soviet Jewry in its righteous struggle and to strengthen its hands by every form of civic aid that can match so dedicated a cause." - Golda Meir, speaking in Israel's Parliament (Knesset).
Description of the Coin
The coin displays Bars in front of the Sun. It is inscribed "Let My People Go" in Hebrew and English.
The denomination "10" or "100" appears at the right of the coin and in Hebrew the inscription 'Israeli Lirot'. The date at the bottom of the coin '1971/5731'. The state emblem at left with the word 'Israel' in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
The uncirculated coins are mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom of the coin. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom of the coin.
The Silver Proof coin was struck in 2 varieties.
Berne Die: open mem
Kretschmer Die: closed mem
||100 Lirot Proof
Actual gold weight: .6366 oz.
||10 Lirot Uncirculated
||10 Lirot Proof
||10 Lirot Berne Die
The Berne Mint made one die for the silver-proof coins for the Jerusalem Mint and was found to be unsatisfactory. The dies were then ordered from Kretschmer in Jerusalem. 80 coins were struck from this rejected die before it was destroyed. The coins exhibit a Matte finish on all of the high relief and a mirror surface. The Key coin to complete the Silver set.
Berne Die "open mem" with the lettering of the coin inset from the rim.
Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. The Freedom coin is struck with a small 6 pointed star mintmark at the bottom.
Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck on specially selected and polished planchets. They are struck using polished dies. 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 will appear on the "Freedom" coin at the bottom rim.
ASW: actual silver weight
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