Chapter II
Trade Coins
Page 5

New Sheqalim series

1 New Sheqel = 100 Agorot

Date introduced: 4 September 1985

 

1 Agora
Obverse: Galley ( 4 BC - 6 AD)

The motif on the obverse of the 1 Agora trade coin was taken from a coin depicting a war galley, issued by Herod Archelaus, Ethnarch of Samaria, Judea and Idumea. Most coins minted during his rule (4 BC - 6 AD) have a nautical theme.

 

1 Agora
Regular-issue trade coin

Issued: 1985 - 1991


Catalog # 156
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 17 mm
Weight: 2 gr
Edge : smooth

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5745

1985

040,000,000

Paris

 

00.05

00.05

00.08

00.12

0.20

5745

1985

18,144,000

Stuttgart

 

0.05

0.05

0.08

0.12

0.20

5746

1986

14,304,000

Jerusalem

 

0.05

0.05

0.08

0.12

0.20

5746

1986

50,112,000

Paris

 

0.05

0.05

0.08

0.12

0.20

5746

1986

30,856,000

Stuttgart

 

0.05

0.05

0.08

0.12

0.20

5747

1987

1,080,000

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.50

5748

1988

15,768,000

Jerusalem

 

0.05

0.05

0.08

0.12

0.20

5749

1989

10,801,000

Jerusalem

 

0.05

0.05

0.08

0.12

0.20

5750

1990

4,968,000

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.25

0.50

5751

1991

12,000

Jerusalem

In Uncirculated set # MS43 only; 5,254 probably melted.

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2.50

 

 

1 Agora
"Hanukka"

Commemorat33333ive trade coin
Issued: 1986 - 1990
 

Catalog # 171
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 17 mm
Weight: 2 gr
Edge : smooth
Reverse: Small Hanukka lamp above denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5747

1986

1,004,000

Paris

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

5.00

5748

1987

540,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

5.00

5749

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

5.00

5750

1989

2,160,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

5.00

5751

1990

432,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

5.00

 

1 Agora
"Israel's 40th Anniversary"

Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1988
 

Catalog # 193
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 17 mm
Weight: 2 gr
Edge : smooth
Reverse: "40 Years to Israel" above denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5748

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

1.00

2.00

4.00

 

5 Agorot
Obverse: Fruits (69-70 AD)

The obverse of the 5 Agorot trade coin is modeled after a coin minted during the 4th year (69 - 70 AD) of the First Judeo-Roman war (66 - 73 AD). Depicted are a lulav (a ripe, green, closed frond of the date palm tree), flanked by two etrogim (citrons). The inscription on the coin reads "Year Four". It is interesting to note that the characters on the coin are of the Middle Hebrew alphabet which was used in the Holy Land from approximately 1300 to 400 BC, instead of the Late Hebrew alphabet (in use from around 400 BC to 100 AD).

 

5 Agorot
Regular-issue trade coin

Issued: 1985 - 2007


Catalog # 157
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 19.5 mm
Weight: 3 gr
Edge : smooth

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5745

1985

25,000,000

Paris

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5745

1985

9,504,000

Stuttgart

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5746

1986

6,912,050

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5746

1986

5,472,000

Stuttgart

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5747

1987

14,257,298

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5748

1988

9,360,000

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5749

1989

4,896,000

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5750

1990

576,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5751

1991

4,464,000

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5752

1992

7,664,000

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5752

1992

18,432,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5754

1994

5,952,000

Athens

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5754

1994

6,144,000

Kongsberg

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5755

1995

6,144,000

Kongsberg

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5756

1996

6,144,000

Singapore

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5757

1997

6,144,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5758

1998

12,288,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5759

1999

6,144,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5760

2000

12,288,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5761

2001

6,144,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.30

5762

2002

6,144,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

5764

2004

*6,144,000

?

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

5765

2005

*12,288,000

?

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

5766

2006

*12,288,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

5767

2007

*5,407,000

?

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

5 Agorot

"Hanukka"

Commemorative trade coin

Issued: 1986 - 1992

Catalog # 172
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 19.5 mm
Weight: 3 gr
Edge : smooth
Reverse: Small Hanukka lamp above denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5747

1986

1,004,000

Paris

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

5748

1987

536,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

5749

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

5750

1989

2,016,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

5751

1990

1,488,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

5752

1991

960,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

5753

1992

960,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

1.50

 

5 Agorot

"Israel's 40th Anniversary"

Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1988
 

Catalog # 194
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 19.5 mm
Weight: 3 gr
Edge : smooth
Reverse: "40 Years to Israel" above denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5748

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.20

1.80

3.00

 

10 Agorot
Obverse: Detail of a coin with Menora (40-37 BC)

Shown on the obverse of the 10 Agorot trade coin is a fragment from a coin, issued by Mattathias Antigonus (40 - 37 BC), depicting a Menorah (seven-armed candelabrum). The design of the 10 Agorot coin was the subject of a short-lived controversy in the late 1980s, when Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat claimed that the obverse design of this coin incorporates a map of a "Greater Israel" that "goes from the Mediterranean to Mesopotamia, from the Red Sea to the Euphrates". This claim was quickly refuted by Israeli politicians and academics, who pointed out that the motif on the 10 Agorot coin - and all other Israeli coins - are selected for historical value only. This design was also adopted as the logo of the Bank of Israel, and appeared previously on the 100 'old' Sheqalim trade coin (KM-143).

 

10 Agorot

Regular-issue trade coin
Issued: 1985 - present

 

Catalog # 158
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 22 mm
Weight: 4 gr
Edge: smooth

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5745

1985

45,000,000

Stuttgart

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.40

5746

1986

20,934,048

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.40

5746

1986

71,820,000

Bern

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.40

5747

1987

19,351,382

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.40

5748

1988

8,640,298

Jerusalem

 

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.20

0.40

5749

1989

420,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5750

1990

2,376,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

1.00

5751

1991

11,905,000

Jerusalem

Coins have either wide 7 mm date; or narrow 6 mm date.

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.35

0.50

5751

1991

30,240,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5751

1991

17,280,000

Stuttgart

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5752

1992

1,728,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

1.00

5753

1993

25,920,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5754

1994

30,096,000

Utrecht

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5754

1994

21,600,000

Stuttgart

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5755

1995

17,280,000

Kongsberg

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5756

1996

43,200,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5757

1997

21,600,000

Kongsberg

Open Hebrew letter 'heh' in date.

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5757

1997

21,600,000

Utrecht

Closed Hebrew letter 'heh' in date.

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5758

1998

60,480,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5759

1999

21,600,000

Athens

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5759

1999

4,601,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5759

1999

2,000

Warsaw

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.40

5760

2000

82,944,000

Santiago

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5761

2001

46,140,000

Daejeon

Rounded interior sides of the zero of the denomination (10).

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5761

2001

32,256,000

Santiago

Straight interior sides of the zero of the denomination (10).

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5762

2002

4,608,000

Warsaw

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.20

0.30

5763

2003

22,980,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5764

2004

*37,198,272

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5765

2005

*41,200,000

?

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5766

2006

*43,800,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5767

2007

*39,800,000

Daejeon

Wide vertical ridges in square containing the denomination (10).

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5768

2008

*50,700,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5769

2009

*37,500,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5770

2010

*53,400,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5771

2011

*33,200,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5772

2012

*94,000,000

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5773

2013

 

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5774

2014

 

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

5775

2015

 

Daejeon

 

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.15

0.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

10 Agorot

"Hanukka"
Commemorative trade coin

Issued: 1986 - 1992
 

Catalog # 173
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 22 mm
Weight: 4 gr
Edge: smooth
Reverse: Small Hanukka lamp above denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5747

1986

1,004,000

Paris

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

5748

1987

834,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

5749

1988

798,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

5750

1989

2,052,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

5751

1990

1,488,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

5752

1991

1,404,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

5753

1992

1,404,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.50

1.00

2.00

 

10 Agorot

"Israel's 40th Anniversary"
Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1988
 

Catalog # 195
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 22 mm
Weight: 4 gr
Edge: smooth
Reverse: "40 Years to Israel" above denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5748

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.20

1.80

3.00

 

½ New Sheqel
Obverse: Lyre, Kingdom of Judaea (7th Century BC)

The obverse of the ½ New Sheqel trade coin depicts a detail of an ancient Hebrew jasper seal, on which a tiny lyre is carved. The seal, inscribed "Ma'adana Daughter of the King" (not depicted on the coin), is part of the numismatic collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and is estimated to date back to the 7th century BC.

 

½ New Sheqel

Regular-issue trade coin

Version I
Issued: 1985 - 2008

 

Catalog # 159
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 6.5 gr
Edge : smooth

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5745

1985

1,296,000

Jerusalem

 

0.30

0.30

0.40

0.50

1.00

5745

1985

15,000,000

Paris

 

0.20

0.20

0.25

0.35

0.60

5745

1985

4,032,000

Stuttgart

 

0.20

0.20

0.25

0.35

0.60

5746

1986

4,392,000

Jerusalem

 

0.20

0.20

0.25

0.35

0.60

5747

1987

144,000

Jerusalem

 

2.00

2.00

3.00

5.00

10.00

5748

1988

20,000

Jerusalem

 

4.00

4.00

5.00

8.00

15.00

5749

1989

756,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

4.00

5750

1990

648,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

4.00

5751

1991

288,000

Jerusalem

 

2.00

2.00

3.00

4.50

8.00

5752

1992

828,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.20

1.80

3.00

5752

1992

10,752,000

Santiago

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5752

1992

2,688,000

Stuttgart

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5753

1993

2,688,000

Stuttgart

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5753

1993

2,496,000

Canberra

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5755

1995

5,376,000

Athens

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5755

1995

5,376,000

Santiago

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5757

1997

5,376,000

Santiago

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5758

1998

5,376,000

Utrecht

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5759

1999

8,064,000

Santiago

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.60

5762

2002

2,880,000

Santiago

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5762

2002

5,760,000

Vantaa

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5763

2003

*4,039,000

?

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5764

2004

2,640,000

Santiago

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5765

2005

*6,377,000

?

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5766

2006

*7,121,000

?

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5767

2007

*6,165,000

?

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5768

2008

*5,208,000

Daejeon

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

½ New Sheqel

Regular-issue trade coin

Version II
Issued: 2009 - present

 

Catalog # 159a
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 6.5 gr
Edge : smooth

Reverse: Hamza sign added below the first letter Aliph of the Arabic word Isra'il

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5769

2009

*4,464,000

Daejeon

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5770

2010

*8,184,000

Daejeon

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5771

2011

*12,966,000

Vantaa

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5772

2012

* ?

Daejeon

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5774

2014

 

?

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

5775

2015

 

?

 

0.20

0.20

0.20

0.30

0.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

½ New Sheqel
"Hanukka"

Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1986 - 1992
 

Catalog # 174
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 6.5 gr
Edge : smooth
Reverse: Small Hanukka lamp below denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5747

1986

1,004,000

Paris

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

5748

1987

532,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

5749

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

5750

1989

2,016,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

5751

1990

960,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

5752

1991

288,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

5753

1992

304,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

 

½ New Sheqel
"Israel's 40th Anniversary"

Commemorative trade coin

Issued: 1988

Catalog # 196
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 6.5 gr
Edge : smooth
Reverse: "40 Years to Israel" below denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5748

1988

500,000

Jerusalem

 

1.50

1.50

2.00

3.00

6.00

 

½ New Sheqel
Edmund de Rothschild
Commemorative trade coin
Jewish Personalities Series
1986

Catalog # 167
Alloy: aluminium-bronze (copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%)
Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 6.5 gr
Edge: widely reeded

Special feature:
Effigy of Edmund de Rothschild on obverse

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5746

1986

2,000,000

Utrecht

General circulation and sets

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

 

 

1 New Sheqel
Obverse: Lily (4th Century BC)

The motif on the obverse of the 1 New Sheqel trade coin dates back to the 4th century BC, the period when Judea was ruled by the Persian empire. The coin from which the 1 New Sheqel design was taken, was a silver Obol of Judah, with inscription YHD, minted in Jerusalem circa 350 BC. This is one of the earliest Jewish coins, as well as one of the artistic highlights of Jewish numismatics. It depicts a lily, symbol of purity and regarded as the choicest among flowers. In the words of the prophet Hosea, the lily became the flower symbol of Israel: "I will be like the dew for Israel; he shall blossom like the lily" (Hosea 14:6). The motif of the lily is apparently derived from the design which graced the capitals of the two main pillars which stood in front of the Temple - Jachin and Boaz. The lily became a popular motif in Jewish art of the Second Temple period, and also appears on coins struck in Jerusalem during the second and first centuries BC under Antiochus VII, John Hyrcanus I and Alexander Jannaeus.

 

1 New Sheqel

Regular-issue trade coin

Version I
Issued: 1985 - 1993

 

Catalog # 160
Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 4 gr
Edge : smooth

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5745

1985

29,088,000

Bern

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5746

1986

12,960,055

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5746

1986

8,000,000

Stuttgart

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5747

1987

216,000

Jerusalem

 

2.00

2.00

3.00

4.50

8.00

5748

1988

6,372,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5748

1988

14,004,000

Utrecht

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5749

1989

8,706,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5750

1990

756,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.20

4.00

5751

1991

1,152,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5752

1992

1,512,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5752

1992

17,280,000

Winnipeg

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5752

1992

8,640,000

Stuttgart

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

5753

1993

8,640,000

Stuttgart

 

0.50

0.50

0.70

1.00

2.00

 

 

1 New Sheqel
Regular-issue trade coin

Version II

Issued: 1994 - 2007


Catalog # 160a
Alloy: nickel bonded steel (magnetic)
Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 3.6 gr
Edge : smooth

Obverse: Small raised and incused dot below State emblem

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5754

1994

8,496,000

Stuttgart

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5754

1994

12,960,000

Utrecht

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5755

1995

25,920,000

Utrecht

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5756

1996

8,640,000

Utrecht

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5757

1997

30,240,000

Utrecht

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5758

1998

4,295,000

Pretoria

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5759

1999

17,280,000

Utrecht

 

0.40

0.40

0.45

0.60

1.00

5760

2000

20,738,000

Winnipeg

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5761

2001

9,648,000

Kongsberg

 

0.50

0.50

0.60

0.80

1.50

5762

2002

18,816,000

Kongsberg

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5763

2003

10,198,500

Vantaa

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5765

2005

*23,100,000

Utrecht?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5766

2006

*26,000,000

?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5767

2007

*25,000,000

?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

1 New Sheqel
Regular-issue trade coin

Version III

Issued: 2009 - present

Catalog # 160b
Alloy: nickel bonded steel (magnetic)
Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 3.6 gr
Edge : smooth

Reverse: Hamza sign added below the first letter Aliph of the Arabic word Isra'il

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5769

2009

*23,000,000

?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5771

2011

*19,000,000

Kongsberg

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5771

2011

Vantaa

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5772

2012

*20,500,000

Stuttgart?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5773

2013

 

?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5774

2014

 

?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

5775

2015

 

?

 

0.40

0.40

0.40

0.50

1.00

                   

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish in its Annual Report the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

1 New Sheqel
"Hanukka"

Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1986 - 1992
 

Catalog # 163
Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)
Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 3.6 gr
Edge : smooth

Reverse: Small Hanukka lamp below denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5746

1985

1,056,000

Bern

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5747

1986

1,004,000

Paris

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5748

1987

534,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5749

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5750

1989

2,052,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5751

1990

24,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5751

1990

1,080,000

Stuttgart

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5752

1991

1,044,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

5753

1992

922,000

Jerusalem

 

0.50

0.50

0.80

1.50

3.00

 

1 New Sheqel
"Israel's 40th Anniversary"

Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1988
 

Catalog # 197

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 3.6 gr
Edge : smooth

Reverse: "40 Years to Israel" below denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5748

1988

504,000

Jerusalem

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.50

5.00

 

1 New Sheqel
Moses Maimonides ("Rambam")
Commemorative trade coin
Jewish Personalities Series
1988

Catalog # 198

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 4 gr
Edge: smooth

Special feature:
Effigy of Maimonides on obverse

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5748

1988

1,000,000

Munich

 

1.00

1.00

1.50

2.20

4.00

Moses Maimonides (1135 - 1204)
Rabbi, physician and philosopher. Maimonides is acknowledged to be one of the foremost philosophers in Jewish history, whose works and views are considered a cornerstone of Jewish thought and study. Maimonides' full name was Moshe ben Maimon, and in Israel he is almost always referred to by the Hebrew acronym of his title and name, "Rambam" (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon). Outside Israel his is widely known by his Greek name, Moses Maimonides.

 

2 New Sheqalim
Obverse: Double cornucopiae (2nd Century BC)

The obverse design of the 2 New Sheqalim trade coin has been taken from a coin minted during the reign of John (Yehohanan) Hyrcanus I (134 - 104 BC), and depicts a double cornucopiae (horns of plenty). The cornucopia is an ancient symbol from the Hellenic period when it appeared on coins and artworks. It is a hollow animal horn, shown here draped in ribbons and filled with fruit and grain, which at the time was a symbol of plenty. The pomegranate, shown between the two horns, is also a symbol of plenty and fertility.

 

2 New Sheqalim
Regular-issue trade coin

Version I

Issued: 2008 only

Catalog # 433
Alloy: nickel bonded steel
Diameter: 21.6 mm
Weight: 5.7 gr
Edge : intermittently reeded and smooth

 

Special features of Version I:
Edge has rounded corners and oval-shaped short ridges

Left: Version I

Right: Version II

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5768

2008

22,700,000

Utrecht

Mintage figure is rough estimation

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.90

1.50

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

2 New Sheqalim
Regular-issue traide coin

Version II

Issued: 2009 - present


Catalog # 433a
Alloy: nickel bonded steel
Diameter: 21.6 mm
Weight: 5.7 - 5.8 gr

Edge : intermittently reeded and smooth

 

Special features of Version II:
Edge has straight corners and straight long ridges

 

Left: Version I

Right: Version II

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5769

2009

*12,300,000

Utrecht

 

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.90

1.50

5770

2010

*5,600,000

Utrecht

 

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.90

1.50

5771

2011

*9,200,000

Vantaa

 

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.90

1.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

5 New Sheqalim
Obverse: Pillar (10th-7th Century BC)

The obverse of the 5 New Sheqalim trade coin is adorned by a detail of a typical proto-Ionic capital of a column from the Israelite period (10th - 7th century BC). Similar capitals have been excavated in Jerusalem's City of David, Ramat Rachel (South of Jerusalem) and Megiddo. The proto-Ionic capital was also used on Israelite seals in the early Iron Age.

 

5 New Sheqalim
Regular-issue trade coin

Version I

Issued: 1990 - 2008


Catalog # 207

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 24 mm
Weight: 8.2 gr
Edge : 12-sided*

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5750

1990

15,000,000

Stuttgart

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5751

1991

324,000

Jerusalem

 

2.50

2.50

2.50

3.50

6.00

5752

1992

413,000

Jerusalem

 

2.50

2.50

2.50

3.50

6.00

5754

1994

2,016,000

Vantaa

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5755

1995

2,160,000

Vantaa

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5757

1997

2,160,000

Utrecht

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5757

1997

2,160,000

Vantaa

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5758

1998

2,160,000

Kongsberg

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5759

1999

2,160,000

Utrecht

*Round edge

2.50

2.50

2.50

3.50

6.00

5759

1999

2,160,000

Kongsberg

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5760

2000

4,464,000

Vantaa

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5762

2002

4,464,000

Winnipeg

*Round edge

2.50

2.50

2.50

3.50

6.00

5765

2005

*6,559,000

?

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5766

2006

*5,996,000

?

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5768

2008

*1,312,000

Daejeon

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

5 New Sheqalim
Regular-issue trade coin

Version II

Issued: 2009 - present


Catalog # 207a

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 24 mm
Weight: 8.2 gr
Edge : 12-sided

Reverse: Hamza sign added below the first letter Aliph of the Arabic word Isra'il

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5769

2009

*2,811,000

Daejeon

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5771

2011

*7,381,000

Daejeon

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5772

2012

*3,500,000

Daejeon

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5773

2013

 

?

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5774

2014

  ?  

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

5775

2015

 

?

 

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.50

3.50

                   

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

 

5 New Sheqalim
"Hanukka"

Commemorative trade coin
Issued: 1986 - 1992
 

Catalog # 217

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 24 mm
Weight: 8.2 gr
Edge : 12-sided
Reverse: Small Hanukka lamp below denomination

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5751

1990

500,000

Jerusalem

 

2.50

2.50

3.00

3.50

6.00

5752

1991

486,000

Jerusalem

 

2.50

2.50

3.00

3.50

6.00

5753

1992

500,000

Jerusalem

 

2.50

2.50

3.00

3.50

6.00

 

5 New Sheqalim
Levi Eshkol
Commemorative trade coin
Jewish Personalities Series
1990

Catalog # 208

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 24 mm
Weight: 8.2 gr
Edge: 12-sided

Special feature:
Effigy of Levi Eshkol on obverse

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5750

1990

1,500,000

Stuttgart

 

2.50

2.50

3.00

4.00

7.50

Levi Eshkol (1895 - 1969)
Third prime minister of Israel from 1964 until his death in 1969.

 

5 New Sheqalim
Chaim Weizmann
Jewish Personalities Series
1993

Catalog # 237

Alloy: cupro-nickel (copper 75%, nickel 25%)

Diameter: 24 mm
Weight: 8.2 gr
Edge: 12-sided

Special feature:
Effigy of Chaim Weizmann on obverse

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5753

1993

1,500,000

Jerusalem

 

2.50

2.50

3.00

4.00

6.50

Chaim Weizmann (1874 - 1952)
Chemist, Zionist leader, president of the World Zionist Organization and the first president of Israel (1949 - 1952). Weizmann is noted for major chemical inventions which helped the British war effort in World War I. These, and his close relations with British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour, are considered crucial reasons for the issuance of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which "...His Majesty's Government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people..."

 

10 New Sheqalim
Obverse: Palm tree (69 AD)

The obverse core of the 10 New Sheqalim trade coin depicts a palm tree, flanked by two baskets with dates. The outer ring is inscribed "For the Redemption of Zion", in Middle Hebrew and modern Hebrew characters.. The original coin is a Half Sheqel minted in 69 AD, the fourth year of the Jewish-Roman war, in besieged Jerusalem, only one year before the destruction of the Second Temple.

 

10 New Sheqalim

Regular-issue trade coin

Issued: 1995 - present


Catalog # 270
Alloy: ring nickel bonded steel (magnetic); core aureate bonded bronze
Diameter: 23 mm
Weight: 7 gr
Edge: reeded

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5755

1995

28,224,000

Utrecht

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5755

1995

?

Utrecht

With Star on obv., cat. # A270 (I)

60.00

60.00

70.00

90.00

120.00

5762

2002

4,749,000

Kongsberg

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5765

2005

*4,427,000

Utrecht?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5766

2006

*7,800,000

Utrecht?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5769

2009

*3,400,000

Utrecht?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5770

2010

*3,800,000

Utrecht?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5771

2011

*4,200,000

Kongsberg

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5772

2012

*3,800,000

Vantaa

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5773

2013

 

?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5774

2014

 

?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

5775

2015

 

?

 

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.50

6.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images of varieties
(Roman numerals correspond with description in Remarks column)

(I)

* As from its Annual Report for 2005, the Bank of Israel stopped publishing the names of Mints at which Israeli coins are minted, and also stopped publishing mintage figures for each year. However, the Bank continues to publish the total number of coins in circulation by denomination on 31 December of each year. The increase of coins in circulation during a given year does not necessarily reflect the number of coins minted during that same year and bearing the same Hebrew date. For instance, the Hebrew year does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar, additional coins placed into circulation during a given year may not necessarily bear the Hebrew date of that same year and may bear earlier dates, and there are years when no coins of one or more denominations are minted. Hence, mintage figures from 2005 onwards are mostly speculative, and are listed here because no other - more reliable - data is available.

 

10 New Sheqalim
Golda Meir
Commemorative trade coin
Jewish Personalities Series
1995

Catalog # 273
Alloy: ring nickel bonded steel (magnetic); core aureate bonded bronze
Diameter: 23 mm
Weight: 7 gr
Edge: reeded

Special feature:
Effigy of Golda Meir on obverse

Date

Mintage

Remarks

Value USD

Heb.

Civil

Quantity

Mint

F

VF

XF

AU

Unc.

5755

1995

1,500,000

Utrecht

 

4.00

4.00

4.50

5.00

7.00

Golda Meir (1898 - 1978)
One of the founders of the State of Israel, and its fourth prime minister from 1968 until 1974.

 

Details of Mints

Place

Country

Name of Mint

Athens

Greece

Bank of Greece

Bern

Switzerland

Federal Mint Swissmint

Canberra

Australia

Royal Australian Mint

Daejeon

Republic of Korea

KOMSCO - Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corporation

Jerusalem

Israel

Government Printer - Israel Mint

Kongsberg

Norway

Det Norske Myntverket (Norwegian Minting Works)

Munich

Germany

Bayerisches Hauptmüntzamt (Bavarian State Mint)

Paris

France

Monnaie de Paris

Pretoria

South Africa

South African Mint

Santiago

Chile

Casa de Moneda de Chile

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore Mint

Stuttgart

Germany

Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (State Mints of Baden-Württemberg)

Utrecht

Netherlands

Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (Royal Dutch Mint); until 1994 the KNM was named 's Rijks Munt

Vantaa

Finland

Mint of Finland

Warsaw

Poland

Mennica Polska (Mint of Poland)

Winnipeg

Canada

Royal Canadian Mint

 

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