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Commemorative Coin Set Issued by the Bank of Israel



Dead Sea Coin Set

The Dead Sea is a combination of unique geological and geographical conditions which renders it a natural phenomenon. It is situated at the lowest point in the world, 420 meters below sea level, in the Jordan Rift Valley. Often called one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World".

The Dead Sea waters today are shrinking because the intake is much less than the water lost to evaporation and the activity of man. The southern part of the lake has already completely dried up and become an area of salt deposits. The Dead Sea Project which is to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, planned together by the Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, aims at producing energy, fresh water and further development of tourism.

The 63rd Anniversary Coin of Israel is dedicated to the Dead Sea and the importance of preserving this wonder of nature for the future. The design is based on a satellite photograph of the Dead Sea region. To the left is a native ibex (wild goat), once an endangered species, which flourishes on the nearby cliffs

Coin Description


A view of the Dead Sea, with a wild goat at the left. The inscription "Dead Sea" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.


The denomination, "1, 2 or 10" with a symbolic reflection below. The year of issue "5771/2011" and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Independence Day 2011" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the left with "New Sheqel" or "New Sheqalim" below. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the lower left. The Proof-like coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Item Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 123 The Dead Sea 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30mm 16.96 grams 555 1200.00
A 54 The Dead Sea 1 NIS Proof-Like Silver/.925 30mm 14.4 grams 489 50.00
A 54a The Dead Sea 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7mm 28.8 grams 543 75.00

The Dead Sea Gold Coin The Dead Sea Gold Coin

The Dead Sea Silver Coin The Dead Sea Silver Coin

The Dead Sea Silver Proof Coin The Dead Sea 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 "Dead Sea" coin at the lower left.

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 "Dead Sea" coin at the lower left.

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