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"Jericho" 1987/5748

Jericho Gold Proof Coin

Israel's 6th issue in the "Historic Sites in the Holyland" series

This coin commemorates the ancient town of Jericho

According to the Bible, Joshua took Jericho from the Canaanites and "a blast was to be made on the priests' trumpets, the people were to give a great shout, and the city would be theirs - for God had given it to them (Joshua 6:2,16). The city later fell to Herod, the Muslims, and others. Excavations of this site  revealed it to be the world's oldest known settlement, dating back to 8,000 B.C.

Description of the Coin


A seven branched candelabrum between a palm branch and a trumpet. The inscription below, "Peace on Israel" in Hebrew. At the left, a rosette and three pillars from the palace built by Khalif Hisham in 725. Palm trees at the right. The word "Jericho" in Hebrew and English at the top of the coin.


The denomination "1/2, 1 or 5", at the left, the State Seal, with the words, "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English. Around the rim, the word "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The date "1987/5748" appears in English and Hebrew.

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 29 5 Sheqalim Proof Gold/.900 22 mm 8.63 grams 4,000 575.00

Jericho Gold Proof Coin Jericho Gold Proof Coin

Actual gold weight: 1/4 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
SI 11 1/2 Sheqel Unc. Silver/.850 23 mm 7.2 grams .1968 oz 4,940 15.00
SI 11a 1 Sheqel Proof Silver/.850 30 mm 14.4 grams .3935 oz 5,844 25.00

Jericho Silver Coin Jericho Silver Coin

Jericho Silver Proof Coin Jericho Silver Proof Coin

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

ASW: actual silver weight

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