Israel Lira (Pound): 1967-1980


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1967-1980
Number of Types: 2
Composition: Copper 75%, Nickel 25%
Diameter: 27.5 mm
Weight: 9.0 grams
Total Mintage: 183,138,000 (circulation)
Edge: Alternating Smooth & Milled


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 coin minted during the war of the Jews against Rome (66 - 70 C.E.) and features three pomegranates, the emblem of the State of Israel as well as the word “Israel” in both Hebrew and Arabic.

The reverse was designed by Zvi Narkiss. The reverse design features the denomination "1 Pound" in between two stars and the date in Hebrew.

Obverse Reverse
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Type 1 - Coins were made of a Copper - Nickel (1967-1980 issues)
Type 2 - One year type coin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bank of Israel (1980 issue)

General Market Notes

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