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"Henrietta Szold" 1960/5721

Henrietta Szold

Israel's Third Hanukka Coin

This is the third coin issued by the Bank of Israel to commemorate the Hanukka Festival and the Centenary of the birth of Henrietta Szold. She made many contributions to the State of Israel and was most well known for her work with underprivileged children. The founder of Hadassah and active in Youth Aliya.

Szold (1860-1945) actively worked for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. She was born in Baltimore, and her vision grew out of her own struggles and the restrictions she faced as a modern Jewish woman. Through her accomplishments, Szold achieved international prominence as an educator, social reformer and Zionist. She moved to Jerusalem in 1920 and later became the "mother" to the thousands of young refugees from Nazi Germany saved from the Holocaust by the Youth Aliyah movement which she headed.

Description of the Coin


A women sitting down holding a baby lamb in her arms. The inscription in Hebrew, "Henrietta Szold 5621/5721 - Hadassah-Youth Immigration". The Proof coin is struck with a small Hebrew 'mem' below the woman.


The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. The inscriptions: "Israel" in Hebrew and Arabic, with the year of issue "5721 - 1960". The denomination in Hebrew: "1 Israel Lira."

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
H 3 1 Lira Unc. Copper-nickel 32mm 14 grams 16,820 10.00
H 3a 1 Lira Proof Copper-nickel 32mm 14 grams 3,000 35.00

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Szold Hannuka Proof Coin

Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality 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 smooth and neater surface in the fields and a frosted appearance on the raised points of the coin. A higher quality strike. A small Hebrew 'mem' mintmark at the bottom struck on the "Szold" coin.

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