Israel Elephant Death Hasmonean Hero 1961 LE Proof Hanukkah Coin

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ISRAEL

ANNUAL HANUKKAH COIN SERIES

ELEPHANT

DEATH OF A HASMONEAN HERO

1961 1 LIRAH COPPER-NICKEL LIMITED MINTAGE PROOF

WORLD COMMEMORATIVE COIN UNC

 

Great addition for your coin, Israel, and/or elephant collection

ISRAEL ELEPHANT 1961 PROOF COIN ELEPHANT SIDE

 

ISRAEL ELEPHANT 1961 PROOF COIN 1L SIDE

 

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HASMONEAN HERO SQUASHED BY AN ELEPHANT!

This 1961 1 Lirah coin from Israel pictures a man underneath an elephant stabbing the belly of the beast.

The coin, known as the “Death of a Hasmonean Hero” or the “Maccabean Hero” tells the story of Eleazer killing a war elephant as is written in 1 Macabees 6:42-47. In 163BC Seleucid King Antiochus V sent an army to Judea to put down the revolt lead by Judas Maccabeus who was seeking freedom for the Jewish state. Included in the forces were 32 of the most terrifying weapons of the era - elephants. Each elephant lead a force of a thousand men.

Eleazer, the younger brother of Judas Maccabeaus, spied the largest and most heavily armored of the elephants. Assuming that it carried the king, he single handedly fought his way through the phalanx of soldiers surrounding the elephant, ran under the beast and stabbed it in the belly. The dying elephant fell on top of Eleazer, killing him. Alas, the elephant did not carry the king, and the Jewish forces soon retreated in the face of strength of the Seleucid army.

The 32mm copper-nickel coin was struck as part of Israel’s annual series of Hanukkah coins.

This coin is slightly larger than a USA half dollar which is 30.61 mm in diameter

ISRAEL ELEPHANT 1961 PROOF COIN ELEPHANT SIDE

The coin features the Hebrew letter “mem” between the elephant’s legs, which indicates the coin is Proof.

The coin has a limited mintage of just 9324 pieces in Proof.

ISRAEL ELEPHANT 1961 PROOF COIN 1L SIDE

The obverse of the coin features a torch and the legend in Hebrew “And he gave up his soul in battle”. 

This Hanukkah Coin makes a fantastic collectible gift for yourself or someone you know.

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ISRAEL ELEPHANT DEATH HASMONEAN HERO 1961 LE PROOF HANUKKAH COIN
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  • Item #: C01V01M03P01C11L23IHANUK61C
  • Manufacturer: ISRAEL
  • Manufacturer's Product Number: 1319611
  • Condition: New
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