New designs for the 50-shekel notes of Israel will honor poet Saul
Tchernichovsky, according to a March 2 news release from the Bank of Israel.
The face of the note features a portrait of Tchernichovsky along
with images of citrus fruit and leaves. Tchernichovsky’s poem, “Oh, My
Land, My Homeland,” was the inspiration for the face design. The poem
contains the words “the bouquet of spring orchards.”
The back design shows capitals of Corinthian columns in reference to
parts of the poet’s compositions and his translation of ancient Greek literature.
In addition to a new design, the 50-shekel notes will have a new
background color — green. The color of the current design is a deep purple
The Bank of Israel began providing samples to manufacturers,
suppliers and operators of vending, counting, and sorting machines in
February so they can begin calibrating the machines to accept the new
bank note, according to a news release from the bank.
The 50-shekel note will begin showing up in circulation later this
year, according to the bank’s schedule.
New anticounterfeiting features added to the new design include the
use of color-shifting ink and latent images that can be seen only at a
According to a story published March 5 in the Times of Israel, Moti
Fine, the currency director for the Bank of Israel, declined to go
into detail about the security features saying only that “the bank
wanted to stay as far ahead of counterfeiters as possible.”
The bank plans to redesign all other denominations in the future.