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Palestine: 1918 "Eretz Israel Volunteers Medal"; by Boris Schatz (Bezalel); size: 2.45cm; weight: 6g. Obv.: antithetical design of Roman 'Judea Capta' coinage, here "Bat Zion" free
Item code: 0120076

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Palestine: 1918 "Eretz Israel Volunteers Medal"; by Boris Schatz (Bezalel); size: 2.45cm; weight: 6g. Obv.: antithetical design of Roman 'Judea Capta' coinage, here "Bat Zion" freeing self from Roman captivity w/Heb. leg. "Judea Freeing Herself" in exergue; medallist's name "B Sh Bezalel" at left. Rev.: Kabbalistic symbol; leg. "For the Volunteers of the Nation in Eretz Israel" & Hebrew date 1849 for "1918" (per method as of 70 AD, destruction of 2nd Temple). Issued on 4 July 1918 to local Jewish volunteers setting out to join the 40th Royal Fusiliers (one of the 3 Jewish battalions of the 'Jewish Legion'); ref: Ever HaDeni p.104. This was the first modern military medal ever issued by Jews for Jews - and more so for service in the land of Israel.