"THE PORT OF CAESAREA"
Two thousand years ago, Herod built the most magnificent, advanced and modern port in the ancient world and called it "Caesarea" after the Emperor Augustus Caesar. In honor of the ports' establishment, a bronze prutah coin was issued. It depicts, on one side, a boat typical of the period and, on the other, an anchor with the inscription in Greek: "Of King Herod". This coin, from 10 BCE, has served as the inspiration for the modern commemorative coin issued by the Bank of Israel.
Today, Caesarea is a beautiful urban settlement on the
northern Sharon coast. It is one of the most extraordinary ancient sites in
Israel, representing an important stage in the history of Eretz Israel.
Description of the Coin
An ancient boat from 10 BCE and the inscription "The Port of Caesarea - Two Millennia" in Hebrew and English.Reverse
The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with the State emblem. An Anchor, the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The date "1995/5755" in Hebrew and English.
The proof-like silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel