Israel 1 Agora: 1960-1980


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1960-1980
Number of Types: 2
Composition: Type 1 - Aluminium 97%, Magnesium 3%.
Type 2 – Nickel
Diameter: 20 mm
Weight: 1.0 grams
Total Mintage: 303,769,512 (circulation)
Edge: Scalloped


After the government decided to change the division of the Israel pound (or Lira) from 1,000 prutot to 100 agorot, the new coins were put into circulation starting January 1, 1960. The name "agora" was taken from 1 Sam. 2:36.

The coin was ceased to be recognized as legal tender February 22, 1980.


The obverse design was based on the a coin of Agrippa I (37 - 44 C.E.) and features three ears of barley as well as the word “Israel” in both Hebrew and Arabic.

The reverse design features the denomination ""1 Agora" and the date in Hebrew.

Obverse Reverse
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Type 1 - Coins were made of Aluminum composition (1960-1980 issues)
Type 2 - One year type coin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bank of Israel (1980 issues)

General Market Notes

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