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1 SHEQEL COIN - ISRAEL - OMER CUP
(KM 111)

Date: A.D. 1981

Obverse: Omer Cup - SHEQEL ISRAEL

Reverse: Lettering and Menorah- 1 SHEQEL 5741 (1981) ISRAEL
Engraver Obv: Gabi Neumann
Engraver Rev: Zvi Narkiss

This coin was minted for the modern state of Israel. As with many Israeli coins it depicts imagery and motifs adopted from its ancient heritage and historic past. It is a modern extension of ancient Jewish coinage motif.

This is a one shekel coin minted after the monetary reform of 1980 in which the Lira and Agorot were converted to Shekels. It depicts the Omer Cup, a chalice with a pearled rim, on the obverse and a Menorah on the reverse. The Omer Cup is a ceremonial temple drinking vessel and the Menorah is a 7 point candle holder, a religious object used in temple.

Pictured below left is an ancient example if an 1/8th Shekel showing the Omer Cup minted during the Jewish war with an inscription that reads in Hebrew "to the redemption of Zion." Below right coin is a prutah struck between 40 and 37 B.C. under Mattathias Antigonus that depicts the menorah, a symbol that now appears in some form on all modern Israeli coinage.