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The Nightingale and Fig

1996/5756

Nightingale

Israel's Sixth Coin in the "Holyland Wildlife" Series

"Behold, the autumn has passed, the rain has gone, blossoms are seen in the land, the time of the Nightingale has come, the voice of the turtledove is heard; the fig has formed its first fruit; the vines in blossom give forth fragrance". Song of Songs, 2, 11-13

These verses describe Springtime in the Holy Land, the end of the rains, the blossoming of the fruit and the Nightingale is about. Israel is located on the pathway of the flight of the nightingale from Europe to Africa. Especially during the spring, it is possible to hear their singing from amidst the shrubbery.

The fig is the first fruit to be mentioned in the Bible. It is one of the special "Seven Species" and from antiquity, it has been an important and inseparable element of the landscape of the Holy Land.


Coin Description

Front

A Nightingale with the inscription, "The time of the singing of Birds" (Song of Songs, 2,12) and the date "1996-5756" in Hebrew and English.

Reverse

A fig leaf with its fruit and the inscription, "The fig tree putteth forth her green figs" (Song of Songs, 2,13). The denomination "1, 2 or 5" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". At the left, the State emblem. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'. The proof-like silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star below the denomination.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 62 1 NIS Proof Gold/.900 18 mm 3.46 grams 912 300.00
FR 63 5 NIS Proof Gold/.900 22 mm 8.63 grams 775 600.00


Nightingale and Fig Gold Coin Nightingale and Fig Gold Coin

Nightingale and Fig Gold Coin Nightingale and Fig Gold Coin

Actual gold weight: 1/10 & 1/4 oz. - Encapsulated and housed in a display case from the Bank of Israel


Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
HLW 6 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 2,451 45.00
HLW 6a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 2,500 65.00


Nightingale and Fig Silver Coin Nightingale and Fig Silver Coin

Nightingale and Fig Silver Proof Coin Nightingale and Fig Silver Proof Coin

Encapsulated and housed in a 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 "Nightingale" coin below the denomination.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck with extra pressure 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 "Nightingale" coin below the denomination.

ASW: actual silver weight


Also, available:

The Silver Proof coin is also offered together with a First Day cover of the Israel Philatelic Service which has three stamps of the Palestine sunbird (from the "Singing Bird" Series). (PNC)


Cat No.
Image
Description
Price
72590398 P1 P2
Philatelic Numismatic Cover with Silver Proof Coin
70.00


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