13th Anniversary, the Bar Mitzvah Year (1961)
This 35 mm brass medal was issued to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. It was issued with a cardboard card [not pictured] which highlights Israel-Political system: “1948-1961/Political “High-Lights”/of the State of Israel. The people, under a system of proportional representation, elect the Knesset (an assembly of 120 members), which in turn, elects the President for a period of five years. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet gain office by receiving a vote of confidence from the Knesset. They go out of office when the Prime Minister resigns, the Cabinet resigns, or the Knesset gives a vote of non-confidence.” On the back of the cardboard – the map of Israel.
History: This medal is listed in Hafner, Sylvia, (1978) Judaic Tokens and Medals, American Israel Numismatic Association, Inc., See medal EP – 65, pages 56 & 77.