Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Israel Currency - The Shekel

Hebrew:  מטבע ישראלי


The currency of the State of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel - abbr. NIS or ILS. One shekel is divided into 100 agorot.

Israeli Shekel Coins

One and five agorot coins are no longer in use. Today we use the 10 agorot, 50 agorot (also called half a shekel - Hebrew: 'hetzi shekel'), one shekel, two shekel, five shekel and ten shekel coins. The 10 and 50 agorot coins are copper.  The 1, 2 and 5 shekel coins are silver. The 10 shekel coin is silver and brass.

Israeli Shekel Notes

The smallest bank note is the red 20 shekel note and includes a portrait of Rachel the Poetess against a background of palm tree fronds.

20 shekels


The new 50 shekel note is green includes a portrait of Shaul Tchernichovsky, a citrus tree and its fruits.

50 shekel note 


The 100 shekel note is yellow and red and includes a portrait of Leah Goldberg against a background of almond tree blossoms

100 shekel note


The 200 shekel note is blue and includes a portrait of Nathan Alterman set against a background of autumn leaves.

20 shekel note

Shekel Value

The New Israeli Shekel, like all currencies, fluctuates on a daily basis. Currently (December 2017)

One Shekel is worth 0.285 to the US dollar, or just over 3.498 Shekels to the US dollar.

One Shekel is worth 0.2407 Euros or just over 4.153 Shekels to the Euro.

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