Tin tallion commemorating 25th anniversary of Tel Aviv's founding, (1934)
Item code: 0130918

Sales price $250.00

Israel/Palestine: tallion commemorating 25th anniversary of Tel Aviv's founding, (1934); tin; no maker-mark; size (tallion only): 20.5mm x 23.25mm; weight: 2.3g.

Square sized uniface tallion depicting emblem of the city, with 4 lines of text in Hebrew: "25th Jubilee Tel Aviv" and the city's motto "I will build you and you shall be built" (excepted from a quotation from the prophet Yirmiyahu).

Tel Aviv was founded on the sands near the city of Yaffo and the Mediterranean, originally as a garden suburb to Yaffo, and called (in loose translation) "House Holdings" ("Akhuzat Bayit"); in 1910 it was renamed "Tel Aviv" ("Hill of Spring"). The emblem depicted on the tallion was an amended version (1927) of an official design created by Nahum Gutman (1925), after several other submissions were rejected - and the city's motto is credited to him as well (the emblem was modified again in the late 1930's to incorporate 7 Stars, and again in 1950 when Tel Aviv and Yaffo become a joint municipality).

The 25th anniversary (April 1934) coincided with a few noteworthy events: in January, the Mandatory government granted Tel Aviv the status of a city, in April, against the backdrop of the anniversary, the city hosted the 2nd Levant Exhibition (which attracted 600,000 visitors); the city also hosted the 2nd Maccabi Games (the "Maccabiah").

In that same year, the landmark Bauhaus-styled "Dizengoff Circle" was erected and Tel Aviv's first 'master plan' - the 'Geddes' plan - was adopted; the future Ichilov hospital was also envisaged that year, though it took until 1961(!) to complete it.

Specifically for the 25th anniversary celebration, the Hebrew poet Haim Nachman Bialik penned a poem ("Al Shileshim" - "On Three Parts"), and the city's Mayor, Meir Dizengoff, exhorted in the city's newspaper that Tel Aviv is not an "Eastern" city or some other city like "Whitechapel in London" in which Jews simply settle down - he pushed for the preservation of the growing city to remain a "Hebrew" city, with Hebrew language, spirit and culture, as a precondition to the founding of a "Hebrew homeland".