Home Up Feedback Search Table of Contents

"FAO" - 50th Anniversary

Commemorative Coin


Bank of Israel Commemorative Coin. 1985/5745

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1995. Dedicated to the task of preventing hunger and malnutrition in the world, the "FAO" is concerned with improving the efficiency of world food production and distribution, and bettering the conditions of rural populations.

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948) recognizes that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for his health and well being, and that this is a collective, global responsibility.

Realizing the importance of coins as an educational media, the FAO launched a Money and Medal program in 1968, aimed at conveying its message of the urgent need to increase food and agricultural production. Since then the FAO has encouraged governments to use their coinage for this educational purpose. In addition to the educational significance of the coins, profits amounting to some 18 million dollars have been shared by participating countries and used directly in the development of agriculture.

Description of the Coin


The FAO Emblem with the anniversary dates "1945-1995". Above, the verse "Deal thy bread to the hungry" (Isaiah 58:7) in Hebrew and English.


The denomoination with Sheaves of Corn in the center of the coin. The State Emblem above. "Israel" inscribed in Hebrew, English and Arabic with the Mint Year: 1995 and "Fiftieth Anniversary FAO".

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
SI 19 1 NIS Proof-Like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 5,000 25.00
SI 19a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 4,500 45.00

FAO Silver Coin FAO Silver Coin

FAO Silver Proof Coin FAO Silver Proof Coin

Proof-Like: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality planchet. The coin displays a mirror type finish, but of lesser degree than a full Proof strike. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "FAO" coin at the bottom.

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 "FAO" coin at the bottom.

The Silver Proof coin is also offered together with a First Day cover from the Israel Philatelic Service. The cacheted cover has the stamp commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations. Housed in a custom folder style case.

FAO Cover FAO PNC coin

Cat # image Date Item Price
72587395 P1 P2 1995 Food & Agriculture Organization PNC with Silver Proof coin. 50.00

More PNC items.      Philatelic Numismatic Covers   Go to page

USA toll free tel. 800-913-9677

email: coins@commem.com

order form   Go to order form

Our office address:

Commemoratives International, Ltd.

Hamden Center II

2321 Whitney Avenue, Suite 505

Hamden, CT 06518 USA

Telephone: 203-230-0221