With the introduction of the sheqel on February 24, 1980, a series of new agora coins was put into circulation. One new agora was equal to ten (old) agorot.
The Sheqel ceased to be legal tender on September 4, 1985.
The obverse was designed by Gabi Neumann. The obverse design was based on a coin minted during the war of the Jews against Rome (66 - 70 C.E.) and features a Chalice anjd the words "Sheqel Israel" in Hebrew.
The reverse was designed by Zvi Narkiss. The reverse design features the denomination "1 Sheqel" in Hebrew, the emblem of the State of Israel; "Israel" in Hebrew, English & Arabic and the date in Hebrew.