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Israel's 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Israel

Commemorative Coins & Banknotes. 5757/1998

"And you shall sanctify the 50th year by declaring liberty throughout the land..." (Leviticus 25:10)

The commemorative coin for the 50th Anniversary portrays the symbol of the sovereign State of Israel. The Israeli flag with the Star of David in its center. The blue and white flag, whose inspiration is taken from the ancient tallit (prayer shawl), best expresses the importance of 50 years of Israeli statehood for every Jew and Israeli citizen. It symbolizes the goal for which so many fought, without losing sight of the heavy price each citizen paid for its realization. Furthermore, it expresses the joy felt when independence was finally attained and the pride in Israel's outstanding and continuing achievements.

The coin continues the tradition of coins released every 10th year which deal with national subjects such as: the Menorah on the 10th year coin, Jerusalem on the 20th year coin, the Olive tree on the 30th year coin, and the Declaration of Independence on the 40th year coin.

Surrounding the flag on the 50th Anniversary coin are 36 "Stars of David" shooting like fireworks. (Double Chai)

For the first time, in honor of the 50th Anniversary, the Bank of Israel issued two pure gold coins.

Coin Description


The State flag with the Star of David in the center. The inscription, "Israel's Jubilee Year" in English and Hebrew.


The denomination "1, 2, 10 or 20" in the center of the coin. The year of issue "5757/1998" and "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English. The word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the right. The inscription, "Israel's 50th Anniversary" in Hebrew and English.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 69 10 NIS Proof Gold/.999 30 mm 15.55 grams 2,406 825.00
FR 70 20 NIS Proof Gold/.999 35 mm 31.1 grams 2,390 out of stock

Israel 50th Anniversary Gold Coin Israel 50th Anniversary Gold Coin

Israel 50th Anniversary Gold Coin Israel 50th Anniversary Gold Coin

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

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
A 41 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 10,019 45.00
A 41a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 8,269 55.00

Israel 50th Anniversary Silver Coin Israel 50th Anniversary Silver Coin

Israel 50th Anniversary Silver Proof Coin Israel 50th Anniversary 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 "50th Anniversary" coin at the bottom left.

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 "50th Anniversary" coin at the bottom left.

ASW: actual silver weight

Also, available:

The "50th Anniversary" Official Banknotes

The 50 New Sheqalim Banknote displays a portrait of Nobel Prize winning author Shai Agnon. Dated 1998 with a special 5 figure serial number. 20,000 commemorative notes were issued, numbered 1 to 20,000. The notes are offered in Sheets of 3 or individually. Also, a "Banknote and Silver Coin" set in stock. All housed in a custom folder from the Bank of Israel.

Cat No. photo Item Denomination Mintage Price
72146301 p1 p2 Coin & Banknote in folder 1 NIS Coin and 50 NIS note ~ 80.00
P58 p1 p2 Single Banknote 50 NIS 10,001 45.00
P58S p1 p2 Banknote. Uncut sheet of 3 50 NIS 3,333 95.00

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