Israel's 6th issue in the "Historic Sites in the Holyland" series
This coin commemorates the ancient town of Jericho
According to the Bible, Joshua took Jericho from the Canaanites and "a blast was to be made on the priests' trumpets, the people were to give a great shout, and the city would be theirs - for God had given it to them (Joshua 6:2,16). The city later fell to Herod, the Muslims, and others. Excavations of this site revealed it to be the world's oldest known settlement, dating back to 8,000 B.C.
Description of the Coin
A seven branched candelabrum between a palm branch and a trumpet. The inscription below, "Peace on Israel" in Hebrew. At the left, a rosette and three pillars from the palace built by Khalif Hisham in 725. Palm trees at the right. The word "Jericho" in Hebrew and English at the top of the coin.
The denomination "1/2, 1 or 5", at the left, the State Seal, with the words, "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English. Around the rim, the word "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The date "1987/5748" appears in English and Hebrew.
The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.