Israel may be noted for its arid, desert landscape, but the newest
coin in an annual program showcasing the nation’s countryside reveals
a different side.
North of the Sea of Galilee, in the Hula Valley, part of the Syrian
African Rift Valley that runs through Israel from north to south, is
one of the most beautiful nature reserves of the world, according to
the Bank of Israel, a paradise for birds and home to a unique flora
and fauna. Twice a year, 500 million birds pass here on their
migrating route from Europe to Africa.
The Hula Nature Reserve, which was created in 1964,
is the subject of the third issue in the “Views of Israel" series
from the Bank of Israel, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the
Hula Nature Reserve.
The 2014 coins depicts the scenic Hula landscape and presents the
king bird of the Hula, the crane, in a design by Tovit Uriel.
Two cranes in flight appear on the obverse of each of three coins in
the program. In addition, the obverse carries the face value, Israel
State emblem, “Israel” in Hebrew, English and Arabic, the year date
and Mint mark.
The reverse presents a view of the Hula Nature Reserve, with palm
trees and a water lily representing the reserve's aquatic plants. In
the center is a wading crane, while three more fly overhead.
The Prooflike .925 fine silver 1-New-Israeli-sheqel coin weighs 14.4
grams, measures 30 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of
The Proof .999 fine silver 2-NIS coin weighs 31.1 grams, measures
38.7 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 2,800 pieces.
The Proof .917 fine gold 10-NIS coin weighs 16.96 grams, measures 30
millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 555 pieces.
The coins went on sale beginning Jan. 6. Pre-issue pricing is in
effect through Jan. 31.
The Prooflike 1-NIS coin costs $49 and the Proof 2-NIS coin is priced at $80. The gold coin costs $1,125.
A two-coin set, comprising both the silver
options, has a pre-issue price of $125, and a set of all three coins is price, pre-issue, at $1,215.
The regular issue prices are not yet announced.
To order the coins, visit the Israel Mint website.
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