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"Jacob and Rachel" Gold 1 Sheqel

Israel's "Biblical Art" Miniature Coin Series

2004 / 5764

Jacob and Rachel

The 1st Coin struck in the "Biblical Art Miniature" Series

From the Book of Genesis, "Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east."

This coin features one of the greatest love stories of the Bible, the story of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob worked hard for seven years for his Uncle Laban and future father-in-law, in return for Rachel but after seven years, Laban deceived him and gave him Rachel's elder sister, Leah, as a wife. He had to work another seven years for his beloved Rachel. Jacob's perseverance and hard honest work together with Rachel's outstanding comportment are great features in this story.

Coin Description


A Chagall style rendering of "Jacob and Rachel." Their images face one another as they float over the hills and the sheep of Laban, which Jacob tended for so many years.


The denomination "1" with "New Sheqel". The the year of issue 5764/2004. The word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The inscription, "Jacob and Rachel, GEN. 29" in Hebrew and English. The State Emblem at the left.

NIS - New Israel Sheqel

Cat. No. Item Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 91 Jacob & Rachel 1 NIS Proof Gold/.999 13.9 mm 1.244 grams 6,052 125.00
FR 91a Jacob & Rachel 1 NIS Proof error Gold/.999 13.9 mm 1.244 grams 682 250.00

Jacob and Rachel 1 Sheqel Gold Jacob and Rachel 1 Sheqel Gold

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Actual gold weight: 1/25th oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display case from the Bank of Israel

Jacob and Rachel Gold 1 Sheqel Error Coin

The Bank of Israel discovered an error in the die of this coin shortly after its official issue. The Arabic letter “a” from the word Israel was omitted in the die by the engraver. (arabic letter "a" : the vertical line in the center)

IGMC reported 682 coins were released before the discovery. The balance returned to the mint for melting. A new die was prepared and the coins were correctly struck.

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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 "Jacob and Rachel" coin at the bottom.

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