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½ Sheqel Herodion

½ Sheqel (Herodion) -  obverse½ Sheqel (Herodion) -  reverse

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Country Israel
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 5744 (1984)
Calendar Hebrew
Value ½ Sheqel (0.5 ILR)
Currency Old Shekel / Sheqel (1980-1985)
Composition Silver (.850)
Weight 7.2 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 126
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Sites in the Holy Land Series: Herodion


The face value in Hebrew and Latin characters. The emblem of the State of Israel, word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic and the mint year.

ISRAEL ישראל اسرائيل ⠂1983 התשמ"ד

Engraver: Dan Gelbart


The site of Herodion as seen from an aerial photograph, showing the Judean Desert hills,with the sun overhead. The word "Herodion" in Hebrew and English.

Lettering: HERODION הרודיון

Engraver: Dan Gelbart




Herod, a Jew of Edomite origin, reigned as King, under Roman patronage, for 33 years from 37 B.C.E. until 4 B.C.E. He was known as "The Builder King". Some of the building projects attributed to him are the Temple in Jerusalem, the port-city of Caesarea and fortresses such as Masada and Cypros.
Herodion is the only palace which immortalizes Herod's name. It commemorates the King's decisive battle there against the last Hasmonean King. In that battle, Herod, though showing great courage, almost perished in combat.
Herodion is at the edge of the Judean Desert, east of Bethlehem and somewhat south of Jerusalem. Unique for its size and lavishness, it is the third largest palace to be discovered in the entire Roman world.

Minted at the Munich Mint (Germany) with Star of David's mintmark.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
5744 (1984) ✡ 11,044 9.82 התשמ"ד - BU

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