TYPE: Medal
COMPONENTS: 11 bronze and tombac medals
ITEM ID: 5487
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Collection of Medals Issued by the State of Israel

Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: 1960s-1970s

A Collection of eleven bronze and tombac medals all issued by the State of Israel Medals Authority, established by David Ben-Gurion in 1958.

Israel Coins and Medals Corp. is the body permitted by the Government of Israel to issue the official State Medals of Israel and under an exclusive contract with the Bank of Israel, the corporation is the exclusive worldwide distributor of the commemorative coins and special banknote issues of the Bank of Israel. From its inception in 1958 until 2008, the corporation was fully owned by the Government. In 2008, it was privatized. The corporation has its own manufacturing plant, where commemorative coins for the Bank of Israel, Israel State medals and privately ordered medals are minted.

1. Herbert, Viscount Samuel. Designed by P. Vincze, 1960. Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel, GCB, OM, GBE, PC (6 November 1870 – 5 February 1963) was a British Liberal politician who was the party leader from 1931 to 1935. He was the first nominally-practising Jew to serve as a Cabinet minister and to become the leader of a major British political party. Samuel had promoted Zionism within the British Cabinet, beginning with his 1915 memorandum entitled The Future of Palestine. In 1920 he was appointed as the first High Commissioner for Palestine, in charge of the administration of the territory.

2. Establishment of Hod-HaSharon. 1964. Hod HaSharon (meaning splendour of Sharon) is situated in south Sharon region, NE to Tel Aviv and South to Kefar Sava. It was established in 1964 by uniting the local councils of Magdiel (municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yakut HaPirsumim), YP 633, 13 November 1958), Ramat Hadar and Hadar Ramatayin (emblem published in YP 690, 30 July 1959). As a joint Local Council its emblem was published in YP 1277, 19 May 1966 and it became a municipality in 1990 without changing its emblem. Pop. 35,000. The flag on the city hall is green with emblem. Emblem on blue was also spotted in the

3. Baron Edmond de Rothschild and His Son James, “Who Gave the Knesset its Home.” Designed by P. Vincze, 1965. Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934) was the youngest son of James and Betty de Rothschild. He bore the Hebrew name Benjamin. He was born in Paris on 19 August 1845. Edmond joined the Paris Banking House in 1868 becoming a director of the Est railway company and other family concerns (making journeys to Bukhara to examine the potential of the oilfields of the area, and devoting himself to art, culture and philanthropic interests. A strong supporter of Zionism, his most outstanding achievements were involved in responding to the threats facing the Jewish people in Europe in the late 19th century by supporting massive land purchases and underwriting Jewish settlements in Palestine and Israel. Edmond’s large donations lent significant support to the movement during its early years, which helped lead to the establishment of the State of Israel.

4. Balfour Declaration. Designed by P. Vince, 1967. The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government in 1917 during the First World War announcing its support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a small minority Jewish population. The declaration was contained in a letter dated 2 November 1917 from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The text of the declaration was published in the press on 9 November 1917.

5. Zionist Organization of America. 70th Jubilee Convention. 1967. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) (Hebrew: mpoN WY naTN) is an American nonprofit pro-Israel organization. Founded in 1897, as the Federation of American Zionists, it was the first official Zionist organization in the United States. Early in the 20th century, it was the primary representative of American Jews to the World Zionist Organization, espousing primarily Political Zionism. Today, the ZOA claims to have 25,000 members, [2] down from its 1939 peak of 165,000. The ZOA opposes Palestinian statehood and advocated for the Trump travel ban.

6. Dori, Rabin, Dayan: The Three Architects of Victory. 1968.

7. In Homage to the First Presidents of Israel: H. Weizmann – Y. Ben-Zvi. 1968.

8. Twentieth Anniversary of El-Al. “Bring Back my Sons from Far and My Daughters from the End of the Earth” (Isaiah 43:6). Designed by Ben Shahn. 1969. El Al Israel Airlines Ltd is the flag carrier of Israel. Since its inaugural flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv in September 1948, the airline has grown to serve over 50 destinations, operating scheduled domestic and international services and cargo flights within Israel, and to Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, and the Far East, from its main base in Ben Gurion Airport. El Al is the only commercial airline to equip its planes with missile defense systems to protect its planes against surface-to-air missiles, and is considered one of the world’s most secure airlines, thanks to its stringent security procedures, both on the ground and on board its aircraft. Although it has been the target of many attempted hijackings and terror attacks, only one El Al flight has ever been hijacked; that incident did not result in any fatalities.

9. State of Israel, 25th Anniversary. 1973.

10. Rededication of Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus. 1975.
Hadassah Medical Center (Hebrew: nol Miano ramen) is an Israeli medical organization established in 1934 that operates two university hospitals in Jerusalem – one in Ein Karem and one in Mount Scopus -, as well as schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacology affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Its declared mission is to extend a “hand to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin.” The hospital was founded by the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which continues to underwrite a large part of its budget today. The Medical Center ranks as the sixth-largest hospital complex in Israel. Across its two campuses, Hadassah Medical Center has over 1,300 beds, 31 operating theaters and nine special intensive care units, and runs five schools of medical professions.

11. Jerusalem Centennial Symposium / Albert Einstein. 1979. The one-hundredth anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth occasioned an outpouring of celebrations and scholarly meetings all over the world, and in the most diverse forums. These were touching and sometimes overwhelming testimonies to the continuing role that Einstein’s ideas and ideals still play, both in the aspirations of contemporary scientists and in the popular imagination. There was special significance of the international meeting held in Jerusalem from 14 to 23 March 1979-the Jerusalem Einstein Centennial Symposium.