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"Music" in Israel

ISRAEL'S "Art and Culture" Coin Series

Year 2001/5762

Music Coins

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.

Coin Description


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

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
FR 82 10 NIS Proof Gold/.917 30 mm 16.96 grams 766 1200.00

Music Gold Proof Coin Music Gold Proof Coin

Actual gold weight:    1/2 oz.   encapsulated and housed in a custom display box from the Bank of Israel

Cat. No. Denomination Type Diameter Weight Mintage Price
AC 1 1 NIS Proof-like Silver/.925 30 mm 14.4 grams 1,182 out of stock
AC 1a 2 NIS Proof Silver/.925 38.7 mm 28.8 grams 1,747 65.00

Music Silver Coin Music Silver Coin

Music Silver Proof Coin Music Silver Proof Coin

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 "Music" coin beside the date.

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 "Music" coin beside the date.

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