Medal: Israel Historical Cities
Medal: Israel Historical Cities

In this nice collection you will find nine 'coins that commemorate coins.' Rather, since a medal is not a coin, the correct description would be 'medals that commemorate coins.' These are modern medals issued by Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation Ltd., a government-sanctioned corporation commissioned to commemorate national achievements in modern Israel. Each medal has a picture of an ancient coin from one of the selected historical cities: Jerusalem, Acre, Askelon, Tiberia, Beit-Shean, Avdat, Caesarea, Jaffa, and Lod.

Looking closely at the reverse side of the Jaffa coin, the Greek spelling JOPPA can be clearly seen (IOppH, where 'p' is the Greek letter 'pi') on the pictured ancient coin. This is the spelling found in both the Old and New Testaments:

'We will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem.' (2 Chronicles 2:16)

'Now dispatch some men to Joppa and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter; he is staying with a tanner named Simon, whose house is by the sea' (Acts 10:6ff)

While items like these sold by the manufacturer on the primary market always carry big price tags, the secondary market, i.e., buying and selling among owners, is usually very soft. Since they are modern pieces, they often trade a few dollars above their innate value. For bronze issues, there is no innate value, but silver issues are worth their weight in silver. A typical single bronze coin would sell for about $10 US dollars on the secondary market, and a typical silver coin would sell for a little more than the price of one ounce of silver, as found on web sites such as

The dating on these medals is more like 1965 than any ancient date. For Jewish dates, BCE (Before Common Era) is equivalent to BC (Before Christ) while CE (Common Era) is equivalent to AD (Anno Domini in Latin, or Year of our Lord).

For a close look at *actual* coins from Bible times, see this page on You can see an actual coin from Jaffa about halfway down the page.

Coin: 10613 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Elm, Thu, 01-Mar-2012 17:19:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 16-Aug-2012 13:40:49 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 30-Jul-2016 14:20:23 GMT
Requester description: Sterling Silver with raised lettering in hebrew and on bottom of coin the words Coin of Jaffa 217-222 C.E. and on the back a raised picture that resembles a whale with a town above the whale's head and the word Jaffa.
Tags: medal israel historical history cities city medallion medals medalion badge medallic medaille medallions jewish jew isreal judenpfennig israeli historic town sterling silver lettering monogram hebrew jaffa whale head feinsilber sliver siver argent silber silverish silb script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions scrip lettered initials jerusalem acre askelon tiberias beit avdat caesarea lod


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