Museums are usually warehouses of historical objects. Israel’s Yad
Vashem, in Jerusalem, on the other hand, holds memories and names.
New coins from the Bank of Israel commemorate the museum’s role as
a repository for records of Holocaust victims. In 60 years, 2.6
million names of victims have been documented by Yad Vashem through
its “Pages of Testimony” effort, increasing the list to 4.2 million
known names from the estimated 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Yad Vashem is the Jewish people’s living memorial to the
Holocaust, visited by nearly a million people annually, including
world leaders, dignitaries and others.
Three new coins highlight the museum’s role in telling the story
of those who might otherwise have been forgotten.
All three coins share common design elements.
The reverse design depicts a simple striped shirt with the yellow
Star of David that the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Dominating a blank
field behind the shirt is a bolder and larger Star of David rising in
the background that is a statement of “Am Yisroel Chai” (the people of
The obverse carries the Israel state emblem, “Israel” in English,
Hebrew and Arabic, the year date, Mint mark and denomination.
Yossi Lemel designed the coins.
The coins, according to Aviv Katz, CEO of Israel Coins and Medals
Corp., or Israel Mint, are “a poignant reminder of the past horrors of
the Holocaust, while at the same time, a firm expression of the
continuity and rebirth of the Jewish people in the modern State of Israel.”
The Yad Vashem coins, which also celebrate Israel’s 65th
anniversary, are available in Prooflike .925 fine silver
1-new-Israeli-sheqel, Proof .925 fine silver 2-NIS and Proof .917 fine
gold 10-NIS options.
The Prooflike coin weighs 14.4 grams, measures 30 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 1,800 coins.
The Proof silver coin weighs 28.8 grams, measures 38.7 millimeters
in diameter and has a mintage restricted to 2,800 coins.
The gold coin weighs 16.96 grams, measures 30 millimeters in
diameter and has a limited mintage of 555 pieces.
The three coins are available individually and in a set of all
three coins. Another set is available containing just the two silver coins.
Part of the proceeds from the coin sales is being donated by ICMC
to Yad Vashem, according to the ICMC.
Pricing currently is $63 for the silver 1-NIS coin, $101 for the
silver 2-NIS coin and $1,198 for the gold 10-NIS coin. The set of two
silver coins is priced at $161 and a three-coin set costs $1,335.
To order or for more information, visit www.israelmint.com, call toll
free in the United States at 888-421-1866 or email ICMC at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■