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Centre of Israeli Numismatic Specialities

pob 62127, tel aviv 61620, israel   *   pinchas bar-zeev   *   ana #113693   *   aina #6680
tel: +972-3-6583630, +972-52-8378376   *   fax: +1-815-361-6027 (efax)

e-mail: isracoins@isracoins.com    *    website: isracoins.com
the numismatic source direct from israel since 1977



 

Explanations & Abbreviations

 


How to download our price lists and other web pages


Download and save our price lists and other web pages on your hard disk as follows: Select the price list / web page of your choice from the index on our Homepage. Click: File > Save as… > Save. For your convenience, all our web pages are numbered and named. After downloading they will appear on your computer exactly as arranged in our website, including description of contents, for easy off-line reference.

 


Our price lists


Price lists are arranged in a 'catalogue format' layout, numbered P-01 and up, and include basic information as available - alloy, diameter, weight, mintage figures, specific details, etc. To facilitate easy updating, each price list has an almost complete listing of all issues in each category, whether available or not. Not included are very rare items of which only very small quantities exist. Neither will we, at this stage, list issues in gold.
Numismatic items for which prices are quoted, are either in stock or available locally at short notice. Items not priced are currently not in stock, not immediately available on the local market, or available at a non-competitive price. It may be possible that an item runs out of stock or becomes unavailable at short notice, before we could update the web page containing the relevant price list. Alternatively, an item not priced may just have entered our inventory or have become available. Upon receipt of an inquiry or price quotation for an item not listed, we immediately check availability with local coin club members and dealers, and revert with an e-mail quotation or a message of unavailability.

 


Catalogue numbering & bibliography


In this website, we apply the following catalogue numbering:

§     KM (Krause) : trade coins, mint & coin sets (not all are KM-listed), and commemorative coins. If necessary we add our own  suffixes to more easily define varieties.

§     P (Pick) : banknotes, uncut sheets & sets of uncut banknotes.

§     IGCMC (Israel Government Coins & Medals Corp.) : mint & coin sets (almost all are IGCMC-listed), medals, Seasons 
 Greetings tokens, uncut banknote sheets & sets, some philatelic-numismatic covers (PNC's). If necessary we add our own
 suffixes.

§     BOI (Bank of Israel) : some PNC's & miscellaneous issues not otherwise catalogued.

 

As no definitive, inclusive and periodically issued or updated, English language catalogue of the entire range of Israel numismatics exists, a variety of catalogues and bibliographical sources (in alphabetical order) are consulted to try and keep this website as updated as possible:

§      Aharoni.  Numismatica Catalog #15.  Hebrew with English translation, 2004.*

§      Bank of Israel.  Banknotes & Coins of Israel.  Hebrew & English, 1990.* 

§      Haffner.  Israel's Money & Medals.  1988.

§      IGCMC.  Israel Coins & Medals Catalogue – vols. I-III. English, 1995.*

§      IGCMC.  New Issues Announcements.  Hebrew brochures.

§      Krause.  Standard Catalog of World Coins. 

§      Pick.  Standard Catalog of World Paper Money.

§      Websites - Bank of Israel, AINA, IGCMC.

 

* These titles, and more, are available from us and can be ordered online here.

 


Grading


In general we follow the grading charts in Krause (trade coins) and Pick (banknotes). Circulated common-type or common variety trade coins are supplied in varying conditions, graded 'Average Circulated'.

 


Copper or what?


The simple task of listing the alloy of Israel's coins and medals can be rather confusing. All 'yellowish' coins issued from 1960 onwards, contain 92% copper. Additionally, almost all contain 6% aluminium & 2% nickel, giving the uncirculated coins a distinct yellow colour. The only exception is the 10 New Agorot KM-108 with 8% nickel, giving this coin a brownish finish. Among numismatists in Israel all these coins, except KM-108, are grouped together as 'copper'. The various catalogues of Israel's coins each give different descriptions for these two varieties. The regular copper-aluminium-nickel 92+6+2% composition coins are listed by Krause as 'aluminium-bronze', by Haffner as 'cupro-nickel-aluminium', and the Bank of Israel (catalogue and website) does not list the alloy, but gives the exact composition. The 10 New Agorot KM-108 is listed by Krause as 'bronze', but Haffner lists 'aluminium-bronze'. As both authorities on coin-cataloguing cannot agree on the exact definition of a coin's alloy, we do it the simplified Israeli way: just call them 'copper' coins, except KM-108 which we list as 'bronze'.

 


Bronze or tombac?


Determining the correct alloy of a medal minted in base metal can be even more confusing. As explained in Haffner (vol. 2, p. SM-a), until 1964 the IGCMC used to commence mintage of a given State Medal in bronze, and continue production in tombac if required by demand within the maximum mintage limit. From 1965 onwards, the entire production of a State Medal is minted in tombac only. In its official '
Israel Coins & Medals Catalogue' (3 vols., 1995) the IGCMC refers to all these medals as 'bronze/tombac'. For extra confusion, the IGCMC recently reverted to the exclusive use of the term 'bronze', both in its pre-issue brochures and its website. More than that, they even rewrite their own history: The 70 mm. 'Knesset' medal issued in 1981 (IGCMC cat. # 15046702), is listed in their official catalogue as 'Tombac/Bronze'. In Haffner (vol. 2, p. SM-46) it indeed appears as SM-46d – 'Tombac'. The medal is still for sale and appears on the IGCMC website. Alloy? Now it's Bronze!

In our website, base metal State Medals are identified as follows: Until 1964 the exact breakdown between bronze and tombac as per the IGCMC catalogue. From 1965 until 1995 (the IGCMC catalogue ends there) we use the term 'tombac'. After 1995 we revert to 'bronze', in line with the IGCMC pre-issue brochures as well as its website. If a future new volume of their catalogue will mention otherwise, we shall update our data too.
 

 

Frequently used abbreviations

Metals & alloys

al

aluminium

bi

bi-metallic

br

bronze

bs

brass

cn

cupro-nickal

co

copper

co el.

copper – electroplated

si

silver

st ma.

steel – magnetic

to

tombac

za

zamak

Numismatic & general

AINA

American Israel Numismatic Association

ANA

American Numismatic Association

av. circ.

Average Circulated

BOI

Bank of Israel

cat.

catalogue

circ.

circulated

dedic.

dedication

Eng.

English

Heb.

Hebrew

IGCMC

Israel Government Coins & Medals Corporation

m/m

mintmark

no m/m

no mintmark

obv.

obverse

re

reeded edge (milled)

reg.

regular

rev.

reverse

sc

scalloped edge

sign.

signature(s)

sm

smooth edge

Star

Star of David (6-pointed star)

unc.

uncirculated

unc./bagm.

uncirculated / bagmarks

uncirc.

uncirculated