US: Israel Bonds drive Harry Truman 'Man of Century' token, 1960
Item code: 0130035

Sales price $20.00

United States: Harry S. Truman, 1960: 40mm, with bust of Truman and legend "Man of the Century", and Menorah. Issued during the State of Israel Bonds drive in Chicago to commemorate the former US President for his support of Israel.

The "Israel Bonds" is an informal name for the agency (Development Corporation for Israel - DCI) which underwrites Israeli bonds in the US. The "Bonds" was launched in 1950 as a fund-raising initiative to help the new State recover from her War of Independence and the absorption of a massive influx of immigrants, and bonds "drives" featuring dinner banquets keynoted by major statemen is one of the main fundraising events of the Bonds.

As Harry Truman supported the recognition of Israel (against serious opposition from his closest aides, like Secretary of State George Marshall), among other accomplishments, it's probably in recognition of his stance that he is featured on this token as "Man of the Century".