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Commemorative Coins Issued by the Bank of Israel

Year 1995

Caesarea coin set

Two thousand years ago, Herod built the most magnificent, advanced and modern port in the ancient world and called it "Caesarea" after the Emperor Augustus Caesar. In honor of the ports' establishment, a bronze prutah coin was issued. It depicts, on one side, a boat typical of the period and, on the other, an anchor with the inscription in Greek: "Of King Herod". This coin, from 10 BCE, has served as the inspiration for the modern commemorative coin issued by the Bank of Israel.

Today, Caesarea is a beautiful urban settlement on the northern Sharon coast. It is one of the most extraordinary ancient sites in Israel, representing an important stage in the history of Eretz Israel.

Description of the Coin


An ancient boat from 10 BCE and the inscription "The Port of Caesarea - Two Millennia" in Hebrew and English.


The denomination "1, 2 or 10" with the State emblem. An Anchor, the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The date "1995/5755" in Hebrew and English.

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

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 61 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30 mm 16.96 grams 927 1125.00

Caesarea Gold Coin Caesarea Gold Coin

Actual gold weight:  1/2 oz.   encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
SI 21 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 2,633 25.00
SI 21a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 2,560 50.00

Caesarea Silver Coin Caesarea Silver Coin

Caesarea Silver Proof Coin Caesarea Silver Proof Coin

Proof-Like: A Mint State coin struck on a standard quality planchet. The coin displays a mirror type finish, but of lesser degree than a full Proof strike. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Caesarea" coin at the bottom.

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 "Caesarea" coin at the bottom.

ASW: actual silver weight

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