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"Proclamation of the State of Israel" 1988/5748

Knesset Postcard

Israel's 40th Anniversary of Independence Coin

"The Knesset"

This coin commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the State of Israel. It displays David Ben Gurion speaking to the members of Parliament (Knesset).

The Knesset is the house of representatives of the State of Israel. It has 120 Members who are elected in general elections once every four years. The name "Knesset" is derived from the "Great Knesset" or "Great Assembly" which convened in Jerusalem after the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile in the fifth century BCE. The policies of the Knesset were set by the Zionist Congress, which first convened in Basel in 1897, by the Assembly of Representatives (Assefat Hanivharim) of the Jewish community in  'Palestine Mandate' and influenced by the procedures and customs of the British Parliament.

Description of the Coin


The number "40" with a scene from the Proclamation of the State of Israel ceremony from within the Knesset. David Ben Gurion is standing with the national flags and a portrait of Theodor Herzl above. The inscription in Hebrew and English "Israel's 40th Anniversary."


The denomination "1, 2 or 10" from top to bottom with the date "1988/5748" in Hebrew and English around the rim. In the center, the official emblem of the State of Israel.

The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star below the State Emblem. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 30 10 NIS Proof Gold/.900 30mm 17.28 grams 4,575 1125.00

Knesset Gold Proof Coin Knesset Gold Proof Coin

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

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
A 31 1 NIS Uncirculated Silver/.850 30mm 14.4 grams .3935 oz 8,990 20.00
A 31a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.850 37mm 28.8 grams .7870 oz 9,100 40.00

Knesset Silver Coin Knesset Silver Coin

Knesset Silver Proof Coin Knesset Silver Proof Coin

Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. It will display a matte type finish. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Knesset" coin below the State Emblem.

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 "Knesset" coin below the State Emblem.

ASW: actual silver weight

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