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"Herodion Fortress" 1983/5744

Israel's 2nd issue in the "Historic Sites in the Holyland" series

Herodion Gold Proof Coin

Issued by the Bank of Israel to commemorate the Fortress of King Herod. Herod ruled as King of Judea from 37 B.C.E. to 4 B.C.E. He became known for the building projects that he ordered inside and outside of his kingdom. In Jerusalem, he built a new royal palace, new marketplace, amphitheater and hippodrome, and rebuilt the Temple. He ordered new buildings to be constructed in Jericho, Samaria and developed the port city of Caesarea. The Fortresses of Masada and Herodion were two of these projects. Herod ruled until his death in 4 B.C.E and was buried in the mountain fortress named Herodion.

Description of the Coin


The sun over the Herodion Fortress surrounded by the Judean Hills. The inscription "Herodion" in English and Hebrew.


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 1983/5744 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 21 5 Sheqalim Proof Gold/.900 22 mm 8.63 grams 4,346 575.00

Herodion Gold Proof Coin Herodion Gold Proof Coin

Actual gold weight: .25 oz. - encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel.

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
SI 6 1/2 Sheqel Unc. Silver/.850 23 mm 7.2 grams .1968 oz 11,051 12.00
SI 6a 1 Sheqel Proof Silver/.850 30 mm 14.4 grams .3935 oz 10,379 25.00

Herodion Silver Coin Herodion Silver Coin

Herodion Silver Proof Coin Herodion Silver Proof Coin

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

ASW: actual silver weight

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