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OBJECT OF THE MONTH – July 2009


Commemorative coin for the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Loew>

This silver commemorative coin (nominal value CZK 200) was issued by the Czech National Bank in 2009 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the renowned Jewish scholar Rabbi Judah Loew (Löw) ben Bezalel. The embossed depiction on the obverse side contains four inset Stars of David with the dates of pogroms against Jews in the Czech lands. The reverse side features the figure of the golem on the base of a Hebrew text from the Talmud which is turned upside down. According to the designer, placing the text upside down conveys a view back to the history of the local Jewish community.
The life and legacy of Rabbi Loew is dealt with in detail at an exhibition that the Jewish Museum in Prague has prepared in co-operation with the Prague Castle Administration, which will be on view at the Imperial Stables, Prague Castle between 5 August and 8 November.

You can buy the coin here

Commemorative coin for the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Loew
Silver, coinage, 2009, designer Josef Šafařík
Diameter 31 mm, weight 13 g







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