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½ Sheqel Capernaum

Features

Country Israel
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 5745 (1985)
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# 152
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Sites in the Holy Land Series: Capernaum

Obverse

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.

Lettering:
שקל
SHEQEL
1/2
ISRAEL ישראל اسرائيل ⠂1985 התשמ"ו

Engraver: Dan Gelbart

Reverse

Remnants of the Capernaum synagogue with its symbolic Jewish decorations and Lake Tiberias in the background. "Capernaum" in Hebrew and English.

Lettering: CAPERNAUM ⠂כפר-נחום

Engraver: Assaf Berg

Edge

Plain

Comments

One of the holy sites which is of major significance for Jews and Christians is Kefar Nahum or Capernaum. The Kefar Nahum Synagogue was built in the 2nd century. It was destroyed by the Romans less than 100 years later, only to be rebuilt in all of its ornamental Jewish splendor.
For Christians, the Capernaum synagogue symbolizes the cradle of their faith. On this spot, among the simple fishermen along the shores of Lake Tiberias, Jesus chose to live and teach. This was the starting point of Jesus' travels. In this Synagogue, Jesus the Jew would deliver many sermons.
The remnants of the Kefar Nahum synagogue, including such items as the Menorah, Shofar, Star of David and the Seven Species, were discovered in the Synagogue, at the beginning of the 20th century.
At the Capernaum excavations, coins, remnants of pottery and glass, writings in Greek and Aramaic and a human skeleton, were dug out. Jewish symbols, hewn in stone, have been well preserved and some of them have been included in this impressive Commemorative Coin.

Minted at the "Monnaie de Paris" Mint (France) with Star of David's mintmark.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
5745 (1985) ✡ 6,010 התשמ"ו - BU

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