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"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

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 8 100 Lirot Proof Gold/.900 30 mm 22 grams 9,956 1425.00

Freedom Gold Proof Coin Freedom Gold Proof Coin

Actual gold weight: .6366 oz.

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
SI 2 10 Lirot Uncirculated Silver/.900 37 mm 26 grams .7523 oz 73,482 25.00
SI 2a 10 Lirot Proof Silver/.900 37 mm 26 grams .7523 oz 20,206 30.00
SI 2b 10 Lirot Berne Die Silver/.900 37 mm 26 grams .7523 oz 80 750.00

Freedom Silver Coin

Freedom Silver Coin Freedom Silver Proof Coin

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.

Freedom Silver Coin Berne Die

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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