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Commemorative Coins Issued by the Bank of Israel


Performing Arts in Israel Coin Set

The Performing Arts have been an enjoyment from days of old. Theater is said to have begun in Greece in the Classical Period over 2,500 years ago and revived in the 15th century Renaissance Period. Opera was introduced in the 18th century. Ballet developed in the 19th century and Modern Dance, in the late 19th century.

Israel's Performing Arts are internationally acclaimed. Our theater scene is very active and the Israeli rich population mix with playwriters from different origins, contributes to the creation of varied and interesting theatrical works.

The Habima Theater, Israel's National Theater, was actually founded in Moscow in 1918, under the auspices of the Moscow Art Theater, guided by Stanislavski. It came to Tel Aviv in 1931. Today, it is a member of the Union of the Theaters of Europe.

The Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv is situated in the heart of the city in a modern Performing Arts complex. Throughout its sixty-nine years of existence, over five hundred theatrical productions of the Cameri Theater have attracted over twenty million people.

The Batsheva Modern Dance Company of Israel is among the leading world dance companies.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is directed by the world-renowned Maestra Zubin Mehta and performs over 200 concerts a year in Israel and abroad. Its opening concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini in December 1936. In December 2006, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra proudly celebrated its 70th Anniversary.

The Israel 59th Anniversary Coin spotlights the Artists in the field.

Coin Description


A Dancer, Actor and Musician in the center of the coin. The inscription, "Performing Arts in Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English.


The denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with the year of issue "5767/2007" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Independence Day 2007" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the top. "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" beside the denomination. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' below the denomination. The Proof-like coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 100 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30 mm 16.96 grams 332 1200.00

Performing Arts Gold Coin Proof Performing Arts Gold Coin Proof

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 Mintage Price
A 50 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams 765 50.00
A 50a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams 756 75.00

Performing Arts Silver Coin Performing Arts Silver Coin

Performing Arts Silver Proof Coin Performing Arts Silver Proof Coin

Each coin is encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel

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 "Performing Arts" 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 "Performing Arts" coin at the bottom.

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