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2019 Israel 1 oz Gold Montefiore Windmill Jerusalem BU

SKU 17150
One of the first Jerusalem landmarks to crop up outside the Old City walls, the Montefiore Windmill was named for its funder, British Jewish philantrophist Moses Montefiore.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Limited mintage of 3,600 coins worldwide.
  • Housed in an original box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Depicts the Montefiore Windmill along the outline of the walls of the Old City and the Tower of David, denomination, purity and weight.
  • Reverse: Features the famous Roaring Lion, which appeared on a 2,800-year-old ancient seal discovered in archaeological excavations at Tel Megiddo in the Jordan Valley in 1904.
  • Crafted by The Holy Land Mint with a face value of 20 New Sheqalim.
Each of the Holy Land Mint's products holds a uniquely historic legacy that is complimented by their renowned reputation for the highest quality coins and rounds. Add this 2019 1 oz Gold Israel coin commemorating the Montefiore Windmill to your collection today!

The Montefiore Windmill was built in 1857 at the site where the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood would be established 12 years later. It was originally designed as a flour mill, and was part of Montefiore's project to help the Old Yishuv community to become more self-sufficient. 

Montefiore, who was devoted to promoting industry in the Holy Land, also built a printing press and a textile factory and undertook many more projects.

The windmill was phased out of use as a flour mill in 1891, after the Jewish community was using steam-powered mills to grind their wheat. However, it continued to bear a cultural significance and during the 1948 War of Independence it was used by Jewish fighters as an observation point. British authorities responded by bombing the windmill, an assault aptly titled 'Operation Don Quixote'.