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What is this?
It's from Israel. Who can give me more details? the year, the value.. i mean it's sheqel or agorot or what?
Collector of IL/RU/US/DE
This is "I adopted a warrior/soldier" token from the Independence day of 19*1. This is not a coin, it is given as a souvenir to people who contribute to IDF (Israeli army). Low quality photo, can't see the year and writings clearly.
Close to 0 value, unless someone collects these and needs this particular token.
Thanks a lot, and sorry for the quality. In this 2 photos you can see the writings better. The value is not important, just the informations you can give me about the token from the new photos. Thanks again.
Collector of IL/RU/US/DE
The writing on the side with a soldiers head says "Courage (of the heart) is worthy of all the heart". It sounds better in Hebrew.
The other side says "Independence day of 2001" on top and in the center "I adopted a warrior". Middle letter looks bigger and different because its also the first letter in the word "army", so it is a very recognized symbol of everything IDF-related, something like the "US Army" stamp on all US army equipment.
Last edited by Taxidermist; 09-06-2012 at 07:17 PM.
Maybe this pic will help. It's made of brass, 200,000 tokens were minted in Bucharest for the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation, who marketed the token in its stores, and who were contracted by the "Adopt a Combat Soldier" campaign to mint the medal. In Israel this token-sized medal (28.5 mm, 5 gr), in its original blue cardboard holder, is sold at approx. NIS 10 (just over USD 2.50) by coin dealers and traded for slightly less between collectors.
Last edited by Pinchas BZ; 11-23-2012 at 06:01 PM.
Reason: additional info
The "Adopt a Combat Soldier" (Ametz Lochem) fund, established by the Soldiers Welfare Association, strives to allocate stipends to conscript soldiers after their discharge from active duty, enabling them to attend university or other institutes of further learning, thus making them better prepared for entry into civilian life. The fund relies on donations and sponsorships from individuals and institutions. This medal was sold to the public by the IGCMC and through large consumer outlets such as supermarket chains and chain stores.
The text on the medal's obverse reads: " I adopted a combat soldier" and on the top rim "Independence day 5761" (2001). The Hebrew letter Tzadi (tz) in the center text resembles the same letter prominently appearing on envelopes containing calls for active duty sent to reservists. That letter Tzadi is the first letter of the word "Tzav" (call-up). The two olive branches below are part of the IDF coat of arms.
The reverse shows a combat soldier in battle and camouflage fatigue, the two olive branches below being part of the camouflage. The text above reads, freely translated: "Courage deserves wholeheartedness".
Thanks Taxidermist and Pinchas, you helped me a lot
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