Newest release in the series! One of the most magnificent edifices on the Jerusalem landscape, the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem is visited by tourists from all over the world.
The Hurva Synagogue coin is the fifth and final release in the beautiful "Jerusalem of Gold", featuring the 2013 Shrine of the Book Coin, the 2012 Menorah Coin, the 2011 Western Wall Coin, and the 2010 Tower of David Coin series.
The synagogue was founded in the early 18th century by followers of Judah he-Hasid, but it was destroyed by Muslims years later in 1721. The plot lay in ruins for over 140 years and became known as the Ruin, or “Hurva”. In 1864, the Perushim rebuilt the synagogue, and although officially named the “Beis Yaakov Synagogue”, it retained its name as the Hurva. It became Jerusalem's main synagogue, until it too was deliberately destroyed after the withdrawal of the Israeli forces by the Arab Legion during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
After Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967, a number of plans were submitted for the design of a new building. After years of deliberation and indecision, a commemorative arch was erected instead at the site in 1977, itself becoming a prominent landmark of the Jewish Quarter. The plan to rebuild the synagogue in its 19th-century style received approval by the Israeli Government in 2000, and the newly rebuilt synagogue was dedicated on March 15, 2010.
The Hurva Synagogue has been an emblem of Jerusalem and its Jewish heritage through its continued reference in literature and culture. For decades, the synagogue’s arch has been the emblem of the Jewish quarter in the works of artists portraying the old city.
This 1 oz coin, struck in .9999 fine Gold, is crafted by The Holy Land Mint and has a face value of 20 New Sheqalim. The obverse depicts a view of the Hurva Synagogue. In the upper border is the word "Jerusalem" in English, Hebrew and Arabic and to the right, the Face Value, Mint Year and Star of David Mint Mark. The reverse shows the famous Roaring Lion, which appeared on a 2,800-year-old ancient seal discovered in archeological excavations at Tel Megiddo in the Jordan Valley in 1904. Soon after its discovery, this seal mysteriously disappeared in Constantinople. The lion is the symbol of the tribe of Judah and of Jerusalem.
Holy Land Mint:
The Holy Land Mint - Israel Coins & Medals Corp.(ICMC) was established in 1961 and perpetually pursues their stated objective of “commemorating significant historic, national, social, scientific, and cultural achievements of the State of Israel” by specializing in commissioning, designing, minting and distributing unique gold and silver coins which reflect the unique character of Israel’s past, present and hoped-for future. They are the exclusive distributor on behalf of the Bank of Israel of all commemorative coins, and many of their remarkable coins are only offered in limited editions. Each of their products holds a uniquely historic legacy that is complimented by their renowned reputation for the highest quality coins and rounds.
This legal tender coin, issued by the Bank of Israel, comes in a handsome display box with certificate of authenticity.
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|Denomination:||20 New Sheqalim|
|Mint Mark:||Star of David|
|Metal Content:||1 troy oz|
|Manufacturer:||Israel Gov't Coins & Medals Corp.|