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"Joseph & His Brothers"

Israel's "Biblical Art" Coin Series

Year 2000/5760

Joseph Coin Set

Sixth Coin in the "Biblical Art" Series

Issued by the Bank of Israel

This coin features the story of Joseph and his Brothers. Joseph was the favorite son of his father Jacob. This and his dreams aroused the jealousy and hatred of his brothers.

Coin Designer Aharon Shevo has skillfully portrayed the transformation of hatred into love. The row of sheaves on the top left-hand-side of the coin turn into hands reaching out to Joseph, shown in the lower part of the coin. The image of Joseph on the right hand side, alludes both to the beginning and end of the story. The depiction of Joseph as second to Pharoah, with the jewels, is a reminder of the Egyptian mural painting style. However, the striped robe reminds us of Joseph, the boy and dreamer. The tear in his eye symbolizes the deep emotions of Joseph as he identified his brothers.

This coin conveys one of the important morals of the story of Joseph and his brothers: how jealousy and hatred can be turned into unity and brotherly love.

Coin Description


Joseph in Egyptian style of dress facing a row of sheaves from the harvest that change into open hands.


The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim". The inscription, "Joseph and his Brothers GEN. 45: 1-15" in Hebrew and English with the year of issue "5760/2000". The State Emblem at left. "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. Sheaves of wheat below the denomination.

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

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 78 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30 mm 16.96 grams 700 1200.00

Joseph Gold Coin Joseph Gold Coin

Actual gold weight:    1/2 oz.   encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
H 34 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams 2,249 65.00
H 34a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams 2,100 125.00

Joseph Silver Coin Joseph Silver Coin

Joseph Silver Proof Coin Joseph Silver Proof Coin

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 "Joseph" coin at the bottom.

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 "Joseph" coin at the bottom.

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