The modern State of Israel was established in 1948 and our 60th Anniversary Coin reflects our proud achievements. We have a high ratio of university degrees to the population, one of the highest levels of medicine and scientific research and we have become one of the leading countries in the world in hi-tech. We have absorbed millions of immigrants, transformed the desert, built roads, homes, hospitals, community centers and factories.
The coin design artistically represents our aspirations towards peace and prosperity in the future. The zero of the "60" on the right side of the design is formed by the shape of a pomegranate, within which is a dove of peace. The pomegranate, which grows in Israel and is described in the Bible, symbolizes blessing and prosperity.
The number "60" formed by a Dove and Pomegranate in the center of the coin. An olive branch below. Around the rim, the inscription, "Israel's 60th Anniversary" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
The denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with the year of issue "5768/2008" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Independence Day 2008" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the top. "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" inside the denomination. An olive branch below. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' below the denomination. The Proof-like coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim