Israel's 50th Anniversary
Commemorative Coins & Banknotes. 5757/1998
"And you shall sanctify the 50th year by declaring liberty throughout the land..." (Leviticus 25:10)
The commemorative coin for the 50th Anniversary portrays the symbol of the sovereign State of Israel. The Israeli flag with the Star of David in its center. The blue and white flag, whose inspiration is taken from the ancient tallit (prayer shawl), best expresses the importance of 50 years of Israeli statehood for every Jew and Israeli citizen. It symbolizes the goal for which so many fought, without losing sight of the heavy price each citizen paid for its realization. Furthermore, it expresses the joy felt when independence was finally attained and the pride in Israel's outstanding and continuing achievements.
The coin continues the tradition of coins released every 10th year which deal with national subjects such as: the Menorah on the 10th year coin, Jerusalem on the 20th year coin, the Olive tree on the 30th year coin, and the Declaration of Independence on the 40th year coin.
Surrounding the flag on the 50th Anniversary coin are 36 "Stars of David" shooting like fireworks. (Double Chai)
For the first time, in honor of the 50th Anniversary, the Bank of Israel issued two pure gold coins.
The State flag with the Star of David in the center. The inscription, "Israel's Jubilee Year" in English and Hebrew.
The denomination "1, 2, 10 or 20" in the center of the coin. The year of issue "5757/1998" and "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English. The word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the right. The inscription, "Israel's 50th Anniversary" in Hebrew and English.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
||10 NIS Proof
||20 NIS Proof
Actual gold weight: 1 oz. or 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel
||1 NIS Proof-like
||2 NIS Proof
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 "50th Anniversary" coin at the bottom left.
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 "50th Anniversary" coin at the bottom left.
ASW: actual silver weight
The "50th Anniversary" Official Banknotes
The 50 New Sheqalim Banknote displays a portrait of Nobel Prize winning author Shai Agnon. Dated 1998 with a special 5 figure serial number. 20,000 commemorative notes were issued, numbered 1 to 20,000. The notes are offered in Sheets of 3 or individually. Also, a "Banknote and Silver Coin" set in stock. All housed in a custom folder from the Bank of Israel.
||Coin & Banknote in folder
||1 NIS Coin and 50 NIS note
||Banknote. Uncut sheet of 3
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