Israel 10 Agorot: 1960-1980


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1960-1980
Number of Types: 4
Composition: Type 1 - Copper 92%, Aluminum 6%, Nickel 2%   
Type 2 – Copper/Nickel
Type 3 – Aluminum
Type 4 - Nickel  
Diameter: 21.5 mm
Weight: Types 1,2, & 4 – 5.0 grams
Type 3 – 1.610 grams
Total Mintage: 433,605,541 (circulation)
Edge: Smooth


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 March 31, 1984.


The obverse was designed by Rothschild and Lippman.  The obverse design was based on a Bar-Kochba coin (132 - 135 C.E.) and features a palm tree as well as the word “Israel” in both Hebrew and Arabic.   

The reverse was designed by Shamir Brothers.  The reverse design features the denomination "10 Agorot" and the date in Hebrew.

Obverse   Reverse
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Type 1 - Coins were made of a Copper - Aluminum composition (1960-1977 issues)
Type 2 - One year type coin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Independence (1973 issue)
Type 3 - Coins were made of Aluminum (1977-1980 issues)
Type 4 - One year type coin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bank of Israel (1980 issue)

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