Chapter I
Page 1

Introduction and Table of Contents

 

Introduction

 

Welcome to SHEQEL - The Online Catalog of Israel Numismatics 1927 - present. The publication of this catalog is a culmination of a lengthy period of research and information gathering. We are pleased and proud to present to all collectors of Israel numismatics worldwide the only English-language comprehensive Israel numismatic catalog in the world.

The last time an Israel numismatic catalog was published, was way back in 1988, when the late Sylvia Haffner edited the fourth and last edition of the legendary numismatic masterpiece "Israel's Money and Medals", in two printed volumes. This numismatic reference book, and many others, have been consulted extensively when compiling SHEQEL - The Online Catalog of Israel Numismatics 1927-present.

When you read these lines, the catalog is still being built, and several pages are not ready yet for publication on the web. But we are working hard, and more pages are added as they are ready. Our mailbox sheqel@sheqel.info is always open for your remarks about errors and omissions, and suggestions for improvements.

This work has been accomplished using a multitude of sources and resources. Moreover, much assistance was rendered by several fellow collectors of Israel's coins and currency. At the end of this catalog you will find a detailed bibliographical list, as well as names of persons who provided me with invaluable information.

 

Pinchas Bar-Zeev

Author & Publisher

SHEQEL

The Online Catalog of Israel Numismatics 1927 - present

Givatayim, Israel

©
2007-2016

 

 

SHEQEL
The Online Catalog of Israel Numismatics
1927 - present

Table of Contents

 

Chapter I

Information

 

Page 1.1

 

Introduction & Table of Contents

 

Page 1.2

 

Explanations

 

Page 1.3

 

Brief History of Israel's Money   under construction

 

Page 1.4

 

Hebrew - Gregorian Date Chart

     

 

Chapter II

Trade Coins

 

Page 2.1

 

Trade Coins : British Mandate (1927 - 1947)

 

Page 2.2

 

Trade Coins : Mil & Pruta Series (1948 - 1957)

 

Page 2.3

 

Trade Coins : Agora - Lira Series (1960 - 1980)

 

Page 2.4

 

Trade Coins : New Agora - Sheqel Series (1980 - 1985)

 

Page 2.5

 

Trade Coins : Agora - New Sheqel Series (1985 - present)

 

Page 2.6

 

Commemorative Trade Coins : Lira Series (1949 - 1980)

 

Page 2.7

 

Commemorative Trade Coins : Sheqel Series (1981 - 1985)

 

Page 2.8

 

Commemorative Trade Coins : New Sheqel Series (1985 - present)

 

Page 2.9

 

Official Mint Sets & Hanukka Sets

 

Page 2.10

 

Mint Sets & Year Sets - Private Issues

 

 

 

 

Chapter III

Banknotes

 

Page 3.1

 

Banknotes : British Mandate (1927 - 1946)

 

Page 3.2

 

Banknotes : Issues Prior to the Establishment of the Bank of Israel (1948 - 1953)

 

Page 3.3

 

Banknotes : Lira Series (1955 - 1975)

 

Page 3.4

 

Banknotes : Sheqel Series (1978 - 1984)

 

Page 3.5

 

Banknotes : New Sheqel / New Shekel Series (1985 - present)

 

Page 3.6

 

Banknotes : Uncut & Partially Cut Sheets

 

Page 3.7

 

Banknotes : Presentation Sets

 

Page 3.8

 

Banknotes : Specimen Issues

     

 

Chapter IV

 Commemorative Coins

 

Page 4.1

 

Commemorative Coins : 1958 - 1970

 

Page 4.2

 

Commemorative Coins : 1971 - 1980

 

Page 4.3

 

Commemorative Coins : 1981 - 1990

 

Page 4.4

 

Commemorative Coins : 1991 - 2000

 

Page 4.5

 

Commemorative Coins : 2001 - 2010

 

Page 4.6

 

Commemorative Coins : 2011 - present

 

 

 

 

Chapter V

 State Medals & Official Medals

 

Page 5.1

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1958 - 1965

 

Page 5.2

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1966 - 1970

 

Page 5.3

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1971 - 1975

 

Page 5.4

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1976 - 1980

 

Page 5.5

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1981 - 1985

 

Page 5.6

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1986 - 1990

 

Page 5.7

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1991 - 1995

 

Page 5.8

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 1996 - 2000   under construction

 

Page 5.9

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 2001 - 2005   under construction

 

Page 5.10

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 2006 - 2010   under construction

 

Page 5.11

 

State Medals & Official Medals : 2011 - present   under construction

 

 

 

 

Chapter VI

Tokens

 

Page 6.1

 

IGCMC/ICMC Season's Greetings Tokens

 

Page 6.2

 

Telephone Tokens

 

Page 6.3

 

Transportation & Emergency Tokens

 

 

 

 

Chapter VII

Miscellaneous

 

Page 7.1

 

Philatelic-Numismatic Covers & Folders   under construction

 

Page 7.2

 

Coin-Banknote Commemorative Sets

 

Page 7.3

 

Replicas of Banknotes

 

Page 7.4

 

Souvenir Cards

 

Page 7.5

 

Various   under construction

 

 

 

 

Chapter VIII

Non-Israeli Holy Land Numismatics

 

Page 8.1

 

Trade Coins of the Palestinian Authority

 

Page 8.2

 

Commemorative Coins of the Palestinian Authority

   

 

 

Chapter IX

Epilogue

 

Page 9.1

 

Bibliography & Resources

 

Page 9.2

 

Acknowledgements

 

Page 9.3

 

About the Author   under construction

 

Page 9.4

 

Articles by Pinchas Bar-Zeev in the Numismatic Press

 

Page 9.5

 

For our Advertisers   under construction

 


From left to right:

The Gezer Calendar, 10th century BC
Sheqel issued during the Jewish-Roman war, 68 AD

The title of SHEQEL - The Online Catalog of Israel Numismatics 1927 - present, and its logo, reflect both modernity and antiquity.

The Sheqel is the currency of the State of Israel, and also one of the world's most ancient means of payment, dating from the 19th or 18th century BC, when - according to the Bible (Genesis 23:15) - Abraham bought the Machpelah Cave in present-day Hebron for 400 Sheqalim.

The Hebrew characters used in the catalog's logo are part of the paleo-Hebrew alphabet. The oldest known examples of the use of paleo-Hebrew script date from the 10th century BC, and were found respectively at Tel Zayit and Gezer. The characters used in the catalog's logo are from the famous Gezer Calendar, discovered between 1902 and 1907. Even though the use of the paleo-Hebrew script steadily declined as from the 6th century BC onwards - in favor of Aramaic - until its complete demise around 135 AD, the coins of the Hasmonean period (140-37 BC), the First Judeo-Roman War (66-70 AD), and the coins of the Bar Kochba revolt (132-135 AD), continued to be inscribed with legend in paleo-Hebrew.

The Roaring Lion motif on the 5 Lirot banknote (1958) and 5 Lirot trade coin (1978) dates from the 8th century BC. The story of this intriguing and mysterious piece of Holy Land history is told elsewhere in this catalog.

 

search this site the web

site search by freefind

 

Back to Index