Israel 25 Agorot: 1960-1980


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1960-1980
Number of Types: 3
Composition: Type 1 - Copper 92%, Aluminum 6%, Nickel 2%   
Type 2 – Copper/Nickel
Type 3 – Nickel
Diameter: 25.5 mm
Weight: 6.5 grams
Total Mintage: 53,992,512 (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 February 22, 1980.


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 three-stringed lyre as well as the word “Israel” in both Hebrew and Arabic.   

The reverse was designed by Shamir Brothers.  The reverse design features the denomination "25 Agorot" and the date in Hebrew.

Obverse   Reverse
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Type 1 - Coins were made of a Copper - Aluminum composition (1960-1979 issues)
Type 2 - Coins were made of a Copper - Nickel (1974-1979 issues)
Type 3 - One year type coin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bank of Israel (1980 issue)

General Market Notes

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