Dan Hoenig

Israel Liberata, a medal issued in 1958 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel, contradicts the message of Judea Capta. One side of the medal reproduces a variation of the Judea Capta coin: A Roman soldier with helmet and shield stands next to a palm tree. To the right of the tree, a mournful female figure dressed in a toga has laid down her shield. The Hebrew words at the top of the outside border translate “the Dispersion of Judea” and the rest of the border is embellished by chains. On the reverse side of the coin, the palm tree is flanked by two Israeli pioneers. In place of the words “Judea Capta” are the words, “Israel Liberata.” The outside band reads “Ten years for the freedom of Israel.”