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The Bank of Israel holds the sole legal authority to issue currency, meaning legal tender (banknotes, coins, commemorative coins, and special coins) in Israel. The Currency Department’s functions include the issuance of currency and the regulation and direction of the currency system, ensuring the orderly supply of cash to the economy in accordance with demand and supply.

Agora and New Sheqel Series

On September 4, 1985 the sheqel was replaced by the new sheqel, which is equal to 1,000 old sheqalim. A series of new denomination coins was put into circulation together with the new banknotes of the first series.

The three smallest denomination coins of the new series have the same obverse as their counterparts in the previous series, while new designs where used for the two higher denominations. The reverse of the coins was designed by Gabi Neuman, who prepared them in secrecy.

In most cases, the models where produced by mints overseas. ​

  • Diameter
    Ring: 23 mm. Center: 16 mm
  • Weight
    7 gr.​
  • Rim
    ​Reeded
  • Alloy
    Ring: Nickel Bonded Steel. Center: Aureate Bonded Bronze.​
  • Designer
    Reuven Nutels
  • Issue date
    February 7, 1995.
  • Reverse
    The denomination "10 New Sheqalim" and "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English; the date in Hebrew; branch with dates, vertical lines.​
  • Obverse
    Palm tree with seven leaves and two baskets with dates; the emblem of the State of Israel; the words "for the redemption of Zion" in ancient and modern Hebrew; vertical lines.​
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Obverse: An image of Golda Meir.

All other details :​unchanged.

Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​

Year:​ 1995

Date of issue: June 27, 1995.​

  • Diameter
    24 mm
  • Weight
    8.2 gr
  • Rim
    ​12 sides
  • Alloy
    Copper 75%, nickel 25%.​
  • Designer
    Obverse: Dov Liff. Reverse: Gabi Neumann.​
  • Issue date
    January 2, 1990
  • Reverse
    Capital of column; the emblem of the State of Israel; "pearls" all around.​
  • Obverse
    The denomination "5 New Sheqalim" in Hebrew, Arabic and English; the date in Hebrew; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English; "pearls" all around.​
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Obverse: An image of Levi Eshkol

All other details: unchanged

Design:​ Gabi Neumann

Year: 1990

Date of issue: September 12, 1990

​Addition to the Reverse: The word "Hanukka" in Hebrew and English separated by a tiny candelabrum.​

All other details: unchanged

Design:​ Gabi Neumann

Year: 1991

Date of issue:​ December 2, 1990

Obverse: An image of Haim Wizeman


All other details: unchanged
Design: Gabi Neumann
Year: 1992
Date of issue: November 17, 1992

  • Diameter
    21.6 mm.​
  • Weight
    5.7 gr.​
  • Rim
    Partially milled: Four segments milled and four segments smooth. ​
  • Alloy
    Nickel-plated steel
  • Designer
    Obverse and reverse – Ruben Nutels.
  • Issue date
    December 9, 2007.​
  • Reverse
    The words "2 New Sheqalim" in Hebrew, Arabic and English; the year of minting in Hebrew; the word "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English; pearls around the top half of the coin.
  • Obverse
    A pair of cornucopia filled with fruit and grain with a pomegranate in between; pearls around the top half of the coin; the State symbol.​
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  • Diameter
    18 mm.​
  • Weight
    4 gr.​
  • Rim
    Smooth
  • Alloy
    Copper 75%, nickel 25%.​
  • Designer
    Obverse and Model: Victor Houster. Reverse: Gabi Neumann.​
  • Issue date
    September 4, 1985.​
  • Reverse
    The denomination "1 New Sheqel" in Hebrew and English; the date in Hebrew; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.​
  • Obverse
    Lily; "Yehud" in ancient Hebrew; the emblem of the State of Israel.​
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In 1994, the coin was issued using a different alloy-plated steel. The coin weighs 3.5 grams.
In order to differentiate it from the previous issue, a dot was minted on the obverse side, below the emblem of the State.​

Addition to the Reverse: The word "Hanukka" in Hebrew and English separated by a tiny candelabrum.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1986.​
Date of issue:​ December 6, 1985.​

​Addition to the Reverse: The words "Israel's 40th Anniversary" in Hebrew.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1988.​
Date of issue:​ June 7, 1988.

Obverse: An image of Maimonides (Rambam).​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1988.​
Date of issue:​ July 27, 1988.​

  • Diameter
    26 mm.​
  • Weight
    6.5 gr.​
  • Rim
    Smooth.​
  • Alloy
    Copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%.​
  • Designer
    Obverse: Nathan Karp. Reverse: Gabi Neumann.​
  • Issue date
    September 4, 1985.​
  • Reverse
    The denomination "1/2 New Sheqel" in Hebrew and English; the date in Hebrew; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.​
  • Obverse
    Lyre; the emblem of the State of Israel.​
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Obverse: An image of Baron Edmond de Rothschild on a background formed by the names of 44 settlements in the Land of Israel.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Models:​ Tidhar Dagan.​
Year:​ 1986.​
Date of issue:​ July 27, 1986.

Addition to the Reverse: The word "Hanukka" in Hebrew and English separated by a tiny candelabrum.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1987.​
Date of issue:​ December 10, 1986.​

​Addition to the Reverse: The words "Israel's 40th Anniversary" in Hebrew.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1988.​
Date of issue:​ June 7, 1988.

  • Diameter
    22 mm.​
  • Weight
    4 gr.​
  • Rim
    Smooth
  • Alloy
    Copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%.​
  • Designer
    Obverse: Nathan Karp. Reverse: Gabi Neumann.​
  • Issue date
    September 4, 1985.​
  • Reverse
    The denomination "10" on a square background; "Agorot" in Hebrew and English; the date in Hebrew.​
  • Obverse
    Replica of a coin issued by Mattathias Antigonus (37 - 40 B.C.E.) with the seven-branched candelabrum; the emblem of the State of Israel; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.​
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​Addition to the Reverse: The word "Hanukka" in Hebrew and English separated by a tiny candelabrum.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1987.​
Date of issue:​ December 10, 1986.​

​Addition to the Reverse: The words "Israel's 40th Anniversary" in Hebrew.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1988.​
Date of issue:​ June 7, 1988.

  • Diameter
    19.5 mm.​
  • Weight
    3 gr.​
  • Rim
    Smooth.​
  • Alloy
    Copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%.​
  • Designer
    Gabi Neumann.​
  • Issue date
    September 4, 1985.​
  • Reverse
    The denomination "5" on a square background; "Agorot" in Hebrew and English; the date in Hebrew.​
  • Obverse
    Replica of a coin from the fourth year of the war of the Jews against Rome depicting a lulav between two etrogim; the emblem of the State of Israel; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.​
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Ceased to be legal cash tender:​ January 1, 2008.​

 

Addition to the Reverse: The word "Hanukka" in Hebrew and English separated by a tiny candelabrum.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1987.​
Date of issue:​ December 10, 1986.​

Addition to the Reverse: The words "Israel's 40th Anniversary" in Hebrew.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1988.​
Date of issue:​ June 7, 1988.​

  • Diameter
    17 mm.​
  • Weight
    2 gr.​
  • Rim
    Smooth
  • Alloy
    Copper 92%, aluminium 6%, nickel 2%.​
  • Designer
    Gabi Neumann.​
  • Issue date
    September 4, 1985.​
  • Reverse
    The denomination "1" on a square background; "Agora" in Hebrew and English; the date in Hebrew.​
  • Obverse
    Ancient galley; the emblem of the State of Israel; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.​
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Ceased to be legal cash tender:​ April 1, 1991.​

Addition to the Reverse: The word "Hanukka" in Hebrew and English separated by a tiny candelabrum.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1987.​
Date of issue:​ December 10, 1986.​

Addition to the Reverse: The words "Israel's 40th Anniversary" in Hebrew.​
All other details:​ unchanged.​
Design:​ Gabi Neumann.​
Year:​ 1988.​
Date of issue:​ June 7, 1988.​

Bank of Israel cash desk

The Currency Department provides a money-changing service to the public, for exchanging Israeli currency for large or smaller denominations, at the cash desk in the Jerusalem building of the Bank of Israel. Damaged currency can also be changed at the cash desk. The cash desk is open to the public:

Sunday through Thursday, 8:00–13:00
Address: 2 Eliezer Kaplan Street, Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem.
(The building is opposite the Prime Minister's office.
Phone: 02-655-2847

In January 2005, the Tel Aviv branch of the Bank of Israel Currency Department closed, and was transferred to Jerusalem. Since then, exchange services have not been available in the Tel Aviv building.

Public Enquiries for the Currency Department

For public enquiries relating to currency: pniotz_matbea@boi.gov.il

Phone number: 972-2-655-2879
Fax: 972-2-655-2743.

Accessibility In The New Bank Notes

The issue of accessibility in general, concerning all populations, was a major consideration for the Bank of Israel throughout the planning of the new series of banknotes, and will continue to be a priority in the future. Because of the importance attached by the Bank of Israel to the subject of accessibility in general, and its application to the blind and vision impaired in particular, the Bank has acted to increase the accessibility of the new series of banknotes.

This page was last updated on: 30/01/2023