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"DOVE & CEDARS" 1991/5752

Wildlife photo

Israel's "Holyland Wildlife" Series. 1991

"Thou art fair, my love.. thou hast doves'eyes" sings he to her. She, in her praise, says of him: "excellent as the cedars". These two images, fresh and vivid today as they were in biblical times, complement each other in the first coin in the holyland wildlife series.

The love poetry of the "Song of Songs" is perhaps the most sublime in the entire world of literature.

Traditional Judaism interprets the poem allegorically, as a dialogue between God and His people, expressing the deep and everlasting love between them. Others enjoy the beautiful poetry of King Solomon at its human face value, as the song of erotic yet naive pastoral love.

Either way, all admire the great love it bespeaks for the countryside, plants and animals of the Land of Israel.

Of the rich array of animal, flower, tree and fruit images that embellish the love poems, nine plant-animal pairs are featured in the commemorative series.

Description of the Coin


A dove on a background of clefts of a rock. The inscription "thou hast doves' eyes (Song of Songs 4:1)" and the date "1991-5752" in Hebrew and English.


Two cedars with inscription "excellent as the cedars. Song of Songs 5, 15" in Hebrew and English. The word "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The State Emblem and denomination.

The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'. The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star below the denomination.

NIS-New Israel Sheqalim

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 37 1 NIS Proof Gold/.900 18 mm 3.46 grams 2,515 240.00
FR 38 5 NIS Proof Gold/.900 22 mm 8.63 grams 2,000 575.00

Doves Gold Coin 1 NIS Doves Gold Coin 1 NIS

Doves Gold Coin 5 NIS Doves Gold Coin 5 NIS

Actual gold weight: 1/10 & 1/4 oz. - Encapsulated and housed in a display case from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight ASW Mintage Price
HLW 1 1 NIS Unc. Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams .4282 oz 4,125 35.00
HLW 1a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams .8565 oz 5,005 55.00

Doves Silver Coin Doves Silver Coin

Doves Silver Proof Coin Doves Silver Proof Coin

Uncirculated: A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. The coin displays a matte type appearance. A small six pointed "Star of David" mintmark struck on the "Dove'" coin below the denomination.

Proof: A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck with extra pressure 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 "Dove'" coin below the denomination.

ASW: actual silver weight

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