5 New Sheqalim Levi Eshkol

5 New Sheqalim (Levi Eshkol) -  obverse5 New Sheqalim (Levi Eshkol) -  reverse

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Issuer Israel
Issuing bank Bank of Israel (בנק ישראל)
Period State of Israel (1948-date)
Type Standard banknote
Years 1985-1987
Value 5 New Sheqalim
5 ILS = USD 1.43
Currency New Shekel (1986-date)
Composition Paper
Size 138 × 76 mm
Shape Rectangular
Number N# 207745
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References P# 52
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, United States.
And 2 more volumes.


Portrait of Levi Eshkol, 3rd Prime Minister of Israel; a stylized panorama of a united Jerusalem showing both old and new; the denomination "Five New Sheqalim" and "Bank of Israel" in Hebrew.​


התשמ"ה 1985

בנק ישראל
חמשה שקלים חדשים

(Along Right Edge)
26.2.1969 לוי אשכול ראש הממשלה ד' בתמוז תשכ"ג 26.6.1963 - ח' באדר תשכ"ט

Bank of Israel
Five New Sheqalim

(Along Right Edge)
Levi Eshkol Prime Minister From 4 Tamuz 5723, June 26 1963 to 8 Adar 5728, February 2 1969

Engraver: Jacob Zim


Coupled water pipes, flowing water, and the stark contrast between verdant fields and barren wasteland, symbolizing Eshkol's enterprise with The National Water Carrier of Israel; the denomination "Five New Sheqalim" and "Bank of Israel" in Arabic and English.​

5 New Sheqalim
٥ شيكل جديد

Bank of Israel
بنك إسرائيل

Engraver: Jacob Zim


Series I of the New Sheqel
(Series VI since the establishment of the Bank of Israel)
Israeli and Jewish Personalities
1985 - 1992


Pick#  52a - Right: Moshe Mandelbaum, Governor of the Bank | Left: Avraham Yosef Schapira, Chairman of the Advisory Committee

Pick#  52b - Right: Michael Bruno, Governor of the Bank | Left: Shlomo Lorincz, Chairman of the Advisory Committee

Watermark:​ Portrait of Levi Eshkol.​

Security thread: In the center of the note.​

Look-through: A geometric pattern on the front merges with a pattern on the back to form a Star of David when held against the light.​

Sign for the visually impaired:​ A square in the upper right-hand corner of the front.​

Color of serial numbering:​ Black.


Other Information:

Top: The laying of the water carrier pipes
Bottom: Route of The National Water Carrier of Israel

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1985  $ 12 54% (5745 תשמ"ה) Pick# 52a - Signatures: Mandelbaum - Schapira
1987  57% (5747 תשמ"ז) Pick# 52b - Signatures: Bruno - Lorincz

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