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