Judo is another promising Olympic Sport for Israel. Out of the six Olympic medals Israel has won so far, three have been in Judo. Yael Arad won a silver medal and Oren Smaja, a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona, and Arik Ze'evi won a bronze medal in 2004 in Athens, proving that Israel is a strong competitor in the world arena in Judo.
The art of Judo came from Japan and was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1964. It is characterized by its spectacular throwing techniques, holds and arm locks and provides a means for developing concentration, physical coordination and a self-defense system. This enjoyable sport appeals to people of all ages and the excitement of Judo is depicted on this coin. An interesting use of polished and frosted finish creates a brilliant effect when viewed.
Israel looks forward to winning a gold medal in Judo in the Games in Beijing in 2008 and wishes all the athletes from all over the world success in achieving the Olympic Motto, "faster, higher, stronger".
Two contestants engaged in a match. The customary white and blue judogi worn by the competitors. "JUDO" in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Around the rim, the inscription, "The Olympic Delegation of Israel, 2008" in Hebrew and English.
The denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with the year of issue "5767/2007" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the top. "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" beside the denomination. A Judo belt tied in a square knot below the denomination. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom. The Proof-like coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim