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