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'.
||5 Sheqalim Proof
Actual gold weight: .25 oz. - Housed in an olivewood display box from the Bank of Israel
||1/2 Sheqel Unc
||1 Sheqel Proof
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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