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"Qumran" 1982/5743

Qumran Gold Proof Coin

Israel's 1st  issue in the "Historic Sites in the Holyland" series

Issued by the Bank of Israel to commemorate the "Caves of Qumran". An archaeological dig in the caves discovered the "Dead Sea Scrolls" in 1947. The Biblical manuscripts found at Qumran are the oldest known copies of the Old Testament.

Description of the Coin


An image of the caves appears in the bottom half of the coin. The word "Qumran" is inscribed above in Hebrew and English. The background of the coin displays some of the ancient writings from the scrolls.


The denomination "1/2, 1 or 5", with the State Emblem to the left. "Sheqel" or "Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English. The inscription below, "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The dates 1982-5743 in Hebrew and English.

The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 19 5 Sheqalim Proof Gold/.900 22 mm 8.63 grams 4,927 450.00

Qumran Gold Proof Coin Qumran Gold Proof Coin

Actual gold weight: .25 oz. - Housed in an olivewood display box from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
SI 5 1/2 Sheqel Unc Silver/.850 23 mm 7.2 grams .1968 oz 15,154 12.00
SI 5a 1 Sheqel Proof Silver/.850 30 mm 14.4 grams .3935 oz 9,000 25.00

Qumran Silver Coin Qumran Silver Coin

Qumran Silver Proof Coin Qumran Silver Proof Coin

Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. It will display a matte type finish. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Qumran" coin at the bottom rim.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck 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 "Qumran" coin at the bottom rim.

ASW: actual silver weight

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