|"Music" in Israel
ISRAEL'S "Art and Culture" Coin Series
First in a Series of Commemorative Coins designed by renowned Israeli artists is the Music Coin, issued by the Bank of Israel.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslau, the famous Chasidic Rabbi, used to say that there is nothing in the world without a melody. One can also say there is nobody who is not moved by any particular melody.
Music, which is the most abstract form of art, has the greatest power of penetrating one's heart and soul.
Music and song are mentioned many times in the Bible; Divine inspiration was transmitted through music; The Levites played the trumpets, David the lyre; The Prophets who came towards Saul played the lute, timbrel, pipe and lyre.
The deep-rooted musical heritage is evident in Israel today, covering a complete spectrum from classical music to Jewish folk music. Israel is the home of many of the world's leading classical musicians and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is world-famous.
In the "Music" Coin, internationally acclaimed and Israel Prize Winner, Artist Dan Reisinger visually expresses the sweet, harmonic sounds of music, played by the orchestra, that have the power of captivating our senses.
A montage of musical instruments in the center. The word "Music" in Hebrew and English around the rim.
The denomination, the year of issue 5762/2001 and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The State Emblem at the left. The Proof coins mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem' at the bottom. The Proof-like coins with a six pointed 'Star of David'.
NIS-New Israel Sheqalim
Actual gold weight: 1/2 oz. encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel