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The "DEAD SEA"


Commemorative Coin Set Issued by the Bank of Israel

ISRAEL 63rd ANNIVERSARY COIN

2011/5771

Dead Sea Coin Set


The Dead Sea is a combination of unique geological and geographical conditions which renders it a natural phenomenon. It is situated at the lowest point in the world, 420 meters below sea level, in the Jordan Rift Valley. Often called one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World".

The Dead Sea waters today are shrinking because the intake is much less than the water lost to evaporation and the activity of man. The southern part of the lake has already completely dried up and become an area of salt deposits. The Dead Sea Project which is to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, planned together by the Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, aims at producing energy, fresh water and further development of tourism.

The 63rd Anniversary Coin of Israel is dedicated to the Dead Sea and the importance of preserving this wonder of nature for the future. The design is based on a satellite photograph of the Dead Sea region. To the left is a native ibex (wild goat), once an endangered species, which flourishes on the nearby cliffs


Coin Description


Front

A view of the Dead Sea, with a wild goat at the left. The inscription "Dead Sea" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

Reverse

The denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with a symbolic reflection below. The year of issue "5771/2011" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Independence Day 2011" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the left with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" below. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the lower left. The Proof-like coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim


Cat. No. Item Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 123 The Dead Sea 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30mm 16.96 grams 555 out of stock
A 54 The Dead Sea 1 NIS Proof-Like Silver/.925 30mm 14.4 grams 1,800 50.00
A 54a The Dead Sea 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7mm 28.8 grams 5,000 125.00


The Dead Sea Gold Coin The Dead Sea Gold Coin


The Dead Sea Silver Coin The Dead Sea Silver Coin


The Dead Sea Silver Proof Coin The Dead Sea Silver Proof Coin


Each coin is encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel


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 "Dead Sea" coin at the lower left.

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 "Dead Sea" coin at the lower left.



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