Israel 1 Agora: 1985-1991


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1985-1991
Number of Types: 3
Composition: Copper 92%, Aluminum 6%, Nickel 2%     
Diameter: 17 mm
Weight: 2.04 grams
Total Mintage: 191,189,000 (circulation)
Edge: Smooth


On September 4, 1985 the sheqel as well as the minor coinage (Agora & Agorot) were replaced by the new sheqel, which is equal to 1,000 old sheqalim. A series of new denomination coins were put into circulation.

The Agora ceased to be legal tender on April 1, 1991.


The obverse design was re-used from the 10 Sheqalim issued from 1982 to 1985 and features an ancient galley, the emblem of the State of Israel, and the word "Israel" in Hebrew, English and Arabic.   

The reverse design features the denomination "1"  on a square background, the word "Agora" in Hebrew and English and the date in Hebrew.


Though a short series there were three types of designs all based on different reverses
Type 1: Standard reverse design (1985-1991)
Type 2: Special Hanukkah reverse design (1987-1991)
Type 3: 40th Anniversary of Independence (1988)

Obverse   Reverse

General Market Notes

The closest thing to a key coin is the Type 1 1991 issue with a mintage of 12,000. Yet, even this issue is incredibly affordable.

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