Among the cities conquered by Sargon, the Assyrian King, the port city of "Ashdodyam" is mentioned which served the Biblical Ashdod. The new Ashdod, which began, in 1955, as a transient camp for new immigrants, was built atop shifting sand dunes. Its development was rapid indeed. The building of the port began in 1961, and the first ship docked there within a few years.
59mm. High relief design by The Shamir Brothers in an antique finish. Limited edition of 4,718.
Obverse: In the centre, above, the inscription: "Ashdod Port" in Hebrew and English. Below, a schematic rendition of the new Port, including a ship berthing.
Reverse: On the right section, in a raised panel, the map of Israel prior to the Six Day War. Five points stand out on the map - the five ports of the country. On the rim, to the right, an inscription: "Israel Ports Authority" in Hebrew and English. On the left portion of the reverse, the various emblems of the five ports surrounding the Ports Authority emblem.
Edge: The State emblem and the words "State of Israel" in Hebrew and English.