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Ancient Lyre on a Modern Israeli   Half-Sheqel Coin -  UNC


I also have other Israeli coins listed as well.  I've had a few numismatic folks (and others) ask me for this Half-Sheqel coin.  I have purchased a small supply of UNC coins ( UNCIRCULATED ) So, here they are.  Get them while you can! 




  1. Date of Issue: September 4, 1985
  2. This is a great coin to use as a teaching lesson on the TEMPLE TAX
  3. OBVERSE: Ancient Lyre and a small menorah (the emblem of the State of Israel).
  4. ORIGIN of MOTIF: Ancient Hebrew seal with the inscription "Maadana, the King's daughter." 
  5. For Bible Text on the "half-sheqel" and the TEMPLE TAX, see Exodus 30:12-15ff
  6. REVERSE: "1/2 New Sheqel" in Hebrew and English; "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic, and English along with the Date in Hebrew letters.
  7. DIAMETER:, WEIGHT: 6.5 gr, EDGE: Smooth , ALLOY: Copper: 92%, aluminum: 6%, nickel: 2%, DESIGN: OBVERSE by Nathan Karp REVERSE by Gabi Neumann
  8. Other stuff: In 1986 there was an OBVERSE image of Baron Edmond de Rothschild on a background formed by the names of 44 settlements in the Land of Israel.  In 1987 a special "Hanukkah" issue had a Menorah and the Hebrew word Hanukkah on the reverse.  In 1988 there was a special issue with the words "Israel's 40th Anniversary" in Hebrew letters on the Reverse. 
  9. This particular coin is UNC (Uncirculated)

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  1. Each coin comes with a small business-sized card with the above information on it.
  2. This coin comes in a protective coin sleeve (as pictured) .
  3. Payment is due immediately, however if you plan to buy other items you can combine them for one payment on one invoice.  Please do not abuse this.
  4. This is a GREAT GIFT idea for someone with Holy Land interests
  5. If you are a numismatic, add this Israeli coin to your collection!
  6. Item comes from a smoke-free, pet-free home
  7. Please contact me if you have any questions about this item
  8. Thanks for Looking, Enjoy, & Happy Buying!


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