Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights, commemorates the miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah (lamp).
In 2017, Hanukkah begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 12, and ends at sundown on Wednesday, December 20.
On the obverse, a menorah is featured in the foreground, with stacked boxes of presents and the words Happy Hanukkah in the background upper left section of the coin. The outline of a window is in upper right background section of the coin. On the reverse is the Star of David, its shape is that of a hexagram and the compound of two equilateral triangles. The "Star of David" or "Shield of David” became representative of the worldwide Zionist community, and later the broader Jewish community, after it was chosen as the central symbol on a flag at the First Zionist Congress in 1897. In the points of the Star of David are a menorah, the 10 commandments, the Tetragrammaton (the Biblical name of the God of Israel) and the regal crown. The crown indicated the consecrated role of its wearer, and reflected a king’s exalted position.
At the center of the Star of David is the text of first blessing to be said prior to the lighting of the menorah. Candles are added to the menorah from right to left but are kindled from left to right. The newest candle is lit first. After lighting the helper candle, use it to kindle the rest of the Hanukkah lights.
This coin is nickel antique with enamel and it comes with its own header card.
Happy Hanukkah 2017!