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"Hebrew Language" 1974/5734

A 10 Lirot  coin to commemorate the revival of the Hebrew language. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922) is credited with the restoration of Hebrew as the modern language spoken by the people of Israel. Ben-Yehuda felt that the Jewish people with their different customs and cultures, should have the strength of a common language. He was one of the founders of the "Va'ad HaLashon", (Language Council) which later developed into the Hebrew Language Academy. He spent most of his time working on his "Complete Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Hebrew." Ben-Yehuda completed 6 volumes before his death in 1922, but Hebrew had already become the language of the Jews of Palestine.

Ben-Yehuda Postcard

Description of the Coin


The image of an ancient scroll at the right with the inscription from top to bottom, "the revival of Hebrew". In the center of the coin, a few of the new words added to modernize the Hebrew langauge by "E. Ben-Yehuda."


The State Emblem with the denomination "10 Lirot". The inscription "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic with the year "5734-1974" in Hebrew and English.

The Proof coin is struck with a small Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom. The uncirculated coin with a 6 pointed star.

The edge of each coin is inscribed in Hebrew, "Twenty-sixth Year of the State of Israel".

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
A 17 10 Lirot Unc. .900 silver 37 mm 26 grams .7523 oz 127,233 25.00
A 17a 10 Lirot Proof .900 silver 37 mm 26 grams .7523 oz 49,697 30.00

Language Silver Coin Language Silver Coin

Language Silver Proof Coin Language 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 "Language" coin at the bottom.

ASW: actual silver weight

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