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 motif for the 1/2 Sheqel was reused from the previous 5 Lirot from 1978-1980. The 1/2 Sheqel ceased to be legal tender on February 28, 1985.
The obverse design was based on an ancient Hebrew seal found at Megiddo and features a roaring lion, the emblem of the State of Israel as well as the word “Israel” in both Hebrew and Arabic.
The reverse design features the denomination "1/2 Sheqel" between two stars and the date in Hebrew.