"Herodion Fortress" 1983/5744
Issued by the Bank of Israel to commemorate the Fortress of King Herod. Herod ruled as King of Judea from 37 B.C.E. to 4 B.C.E. He became known for the building projects that he ordered inside and outside of his kingdom. In Jerusalem, he built a new royal palace, new marketplace, amphitheater and hippodrome, and rebuilt the Temple. He ordered new buildings to be constructed in Jericho, Samaria and developed the port city of Caesarea. The Fortresses of Masada and Herodion were two of these projects. Herod ruled until his death in 4 B.C.E and was buried in the mountain fortress named Herodion.
Description of the Coin
The sun over the Herodion Fortress surrounded by the Judean Hills. The inscription "Herodion" in English and Hebrew.
The denomination "1/2, 1 or 5", with the State Emblem to the left. "Sheqel" or "Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English. The inscription below, "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The dates 1983/5744 in Hebrew and English.
The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.
Actual gold weight: .25 oz. - Housed in an olivewood display case from the Bank of Israel