Life expectancy in Israel is among the highest in the world and as life expectancy continues to grow, so does the senior citizen population.
Today, the world no longer belongs only to the young! Senior citizens also enjoy a full and healthy life. They have more leisure time in which to pursue hobbies and contribute to society, culture and the economy. Many take part in rewarding volunteering work.
The Israel Anniversary Coin of 2004 was dedicated to "Children". In 2005, the coin features the important role of senior citizens and the happiness derived from the "Golden Years".
An olive tree has appropriately been chosen to represent the people of the "Golden Years". The strong roots, branches and fruit, perfectly symbolize the developed strength, vigor and creativity of our Senior Citizens.
An olive tree in the center of the coin with the inscription, "The Golden Years" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
An olive branch with the denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with the year of issue "5765/2005" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Independence Day 2005" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the top. "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" below the denomination. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom. The Uncirculated coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.
NIS - New Israel Sheqalim
Proof-Like: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality planchet. The coin displays a mirror type finish, but of lesser degree than a full Proof strike. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Golden Years" coin at the bottom.
Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck using polished dies. The planchets are specially selected and polished. The coins exhibit a mirror-like surface in the fields and a frosted appearance on the raised points of the coin. A small Hebrew 'mem' mintmark is struck on the "Golden Years" coin at the bottom