Israeli "Border Guard Day" commemoration tallion-token, 1956-1957
Item code: 0133298

Sales price $100.00

Israeli "Border Guard Day" commemoration tallion-token, 1956-1957; struck in bronze; weight: 9.3g; size:2.6 x 3.15cm. Obverse bears emblem of the Border Guard ("Mishmar HaGvul") with legend "Border Guard Day 5717 [1956-57; in town of] Afula"; on reverse the emblem of the Soldier's Welfare Association.

The border guard originates from the IDF's "frontier guard" ("Kheyl Ha'Sfar"), and came into being as the "Border Guard" on 26 April 1953, subordinated to the Israel Police and not to the IDF, though it is a paramilitary force. The border guard is tasked both with external border protection as well as internal order maintenance and includes the security services' leading anti-terror unit called the "Yamam" ("the special [anti-terror] police unit").

The emblem of the guard is the concrete watch-tower of a Mandatory-era "Teggart Fortress", at Nebi Yusha (near Kiryat Shmona, in the north), and nicknamed "fortress Koach" after the 28 soldiers killed in the War of Independence trying to capture it (the Hebrew letters for "28" read "koach" - 'power'); as per the unit's founding documents, the fortress and its hertiage is supposed to symbolize power and determination. In VF-EF; JTM-EP-8.