Medal - Israel Historical Cities Coin of Lod

Medal - Israel Historical Cities (Coin of Lod) - obverseMedal - Israel Historical Cities (Coin of Lod) - reverse

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Features

Location Israel
Type Souvenir medals › Commemorative souvenir
Year 5725 (1965)
Calendar Hebrew
Currency Medals - Israel
Composition Tombac
Weight 40 g
Diameter 45 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 135989
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References ICMC# 15055450
Israel Coins and Medals Corporation (https://israelmint.com)

Commemorative issue

City of Lod State Medal 5725-1965

Obverse

Across the center, front view of a plane. Underneath, a high relief outline of the airport building, as well as buildings stressing the Middle East character of the city. Above, on the rim, the word "Lod" and its Hebrew equivalent.

Lettering: Lod לוד

Engraver: Kretschmer

Reverse

In the center, a replica of a city coin of Lod, minted at the beginning of the third century CE by Emperor Caracalla: the head of Tyche (Fortune), looking to the left. She wears a crown, representing city-walls and towers. Around, the inscription, in Greek: "Lucia Septimia Severa Diaspolis", as Lod was officially called in Roman times. On the rim of the medal, around the inscription "Coin of Lod, 3971-77" in Hebrew above and in English below, 211-217 CE.

Lettering:
מטבע לוד ג' תתק"ע א'-ז
Coin of Lod 211-217 C.E.

Translation: (On Coin in Greek) Lucia Septimia Severa Diaspolis

Engraver: Kretschmer

Edge

Lettering: State of Israel מדינת ישראל כסף 935 Sterling

Translation: Silver 935

Mint

Kretschmer Mint, Jerusalem, Israel

Comments

Lod is one of the oldest cities in Israel, but it was of modest importance until after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 C.E. It then became a culturally flourishing community and for nearly three hundred years it was a center of Jewish learning.
During the Byzantine period, Lod acquired religious importance to the Christian world. The Jewish community which had prospered for hundreds of years was destroyed by the Crusaders who conquered Lod in the 11 th century. In the wake of the Mameluke invasion it became a desolate town. Lod's importance as a crossroad since ancient times, was renewed when the railroad was built in Israel. It became a central crossroad in the country and eventually, nearby, Israel's International Airport was built.

**Airport building depicted is of Terminal 1.
The series of medals issued by the Israel Government Coins & Medals Corporation to commemorate the Historical Cities of Israel. Issued from 1965-1966. Set of 9 struck in Silver and Yellow Bronze (Tombac).

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
5725 (1965)  6 854

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