DIMENSIONS: 1.125 in. diameter
CONDITION: Hebrew inscriptions not translated. Some wear, still very good.
ITEM ID: 4964
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Eastern European Palestine Agriculture Token

Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Bears images of Jews entering a synagogue and another Jew sowing seed in a field on the obverse, both surmounted by a Star of David, the reverse showing a village atop a hill of cultivated fields, presumably in Palestine.

According to scholar Paul Franks, “The medal is in honour of the town Rishon leZion.  Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: רִאשׁוֹן לְצִיּוֹן lit. First to Zion) is a city in Israel, located along the central Israeli coastal plain eight kilometres (5 mi) south of Tel Aviv. It is part of the Gush Dan metropolitan area.
Founded in 1882 by Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire who were part of the First Aliyah, it was the second Jewish farm settlement established in Ottoman Syria in the 19th century, after Petah Tikva. As of 2017, it was the fourth-largest city in Israel, with a population of 254,384.”

On the obverse side of the medal:
Translation is straightforward! It’s Psalm 137.5:” If I forget you O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither”.  The image is of Jews praying at the Western Wall.

On the reverse side of the medal:
At the top is the verse from which the name (first to Zion) was taken. Isaiah 41.27: The first (things prophesied) to Zion — behold here they are; and to Jerusalem I will give (them). At the bottom: Rishon leZion, first colony. In the center is a portrayal of the town with the Hebrew year of its foundation: 5642 (1882).”