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Israel Relases First Polymer Note, and a 60th Anniversary Commemorative
April 30, 2008



This past month the Bank of Israel has realased a 20 New Sheqalim in polymer plastic. It is the same design as the current paper issue which has been in use since 1998, featuring Moshe Sharett.

The polymer plastic issue has a clear window design of a Star of David.

The 60th Anniversary commemorative has a print run of 1,800,000. The difference is a line of Hebrew text printed in red on the back of the note. I have been told by our contributor that they are initially only being distributed via ATM machines.

George



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Recent Comments
On May 2, 2008 Steve Boyer said
George:

Does Israel have its own mint or does it contract out to either a private or foreign mint to produce its coinage? Thanks for answering my questions.
On May 2, 2008 George Cuhaj said
Greetings Steve!

Israel has had a mint facility for circulating coins and medals in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It also contracts with other world mints for some of the commemorative coins. In the past they have used these mints (msotly without identifying mint marks): Paris, Berne, Athens, Munich, Madrid, Utrecht, Vienna, Warsaw, San Francisco amongst others.

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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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