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Israel "Half-Sheqel" Purim  Commemorative Coins

Purim is the most festive of the Jewish holidays. It commemorates victory over oppression and is recounted in the 'Megillah', on which the Book of Esther is written. It tells the story of Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, Esther's uncle Mordechai, and the king's advisor Haman. Purim takes place on the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar.

Copper-nickel Commemorative coins from the Bank of Israel

The coin is legal tender and designed for use as the token of payment for the seasonal collection equivalent of one-half shekel. The Half Shekel is mentioned in the Bible, Exodus 30:11-15. In Ancient times, the daily wage of a Mason working on the Temple Jerusalem also mentioned in scriptures.

Purim Half Shekel Coin

Issued in the years 1961 and 1962

Issued to commemorate the Festival of Purim
Original Mint condition from the Bank of Israel


Cat # click for photo Date Description Denomination Mintage Price
HS 1 P1 P2 1961 Purim Half Shekel 1/2 Shekel Uncirculated 19,977
HS 1a P1 P2 1961 Purim Half Shekel 1/2 Shekel Proof 4,941
HS 2 P1 P2 1962 Purim Half Shekel 1/2 Shekel Uncirculated 19,928
HS 2a P1 P2 1962 Purim Half Shekel 1/2 Shekel Proof 9,934

The coins are struck in Copper-Nickel, 30mm., 12 grams.

Uncirculated    A Mint State coin struck on a standard planchet. Usually, issued in larger quantities than a coin struck in proof condition.

Proof    A coin which was made with special care. The coins are struck on specially selected and polished planchets. They are struck using polished dies. In the Purim series a small Hebrew 'mem' will appear at the bottom of  the coin.

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