|"The Law is Light" 1958/5719
This is the first coin issued by the Bank of Israel to commemorate the Hanukka Festival.
Hanukkah is the "Festival of Lights". A celebration of the victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Syrians, and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. The holiday also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.
Description of the Coin
A Menorah appears between two stars. The Hebrew Inscription. "Torah Or". Refers to verse, "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life: Proverbs 6.23
The inscription in Hebrew, "1 Israeli Lira". The date "5719-1958" in Hebrew and English, "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic.
The Proof coin is distinguished by frosted surfaces and slightly finer detail.