Auction 71 - The Collection of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

Gold Medal Designed by Marc Chagall – "For a Light of the Nations" – Israel, 1979

Opening: $2,500
Sold for: $4,750
Including buyer's premium
22 karat gold medal designed by Marc Chagall. Struck by Argor, Switzerland. Israel, 1979.
Obverse: a work by Marc Chagall, made especially for this medal as a donation to the "Korat Gag" enterprise initiated by Prime Minister Menachem Begin's office and designed to assist young couples to buy an apartment. Seen on the right is Moses, with the Tablets of the Law in his hands, behind a five-branched Menorah. To the left is Jerusalem with overhanging flowering branch. Legend: "For a light of the nations" (Isaiah 42, 6). Signed "Marc Chagall" in Hebrew and English and dated 1978.
Reverse: verse from Isaiah (from which the medal's title was taken): "I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations", in Hebrew and English. This side dated 5739 and 1979. Legend indicating place of issue, Jerusalem, in Hebrew and English. Additional legend: "Peace" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
The medal is placed in an acrylic glass case originally enclosed with it.
Diameter: 60 mm. Good condition.