Israel’s new 200-shekel note entered circulation Wednesday at banks, ATMs and the Postal Bank.
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The blue-green bill, currently worth $51, is the second banknote to be released in the Bank of Israel’s new series – it bears the image of poet Nathan Alterman (1910-1970).
The green 50-shekel note has already entered circulation; the 20-shekel and 100-shekel bills are due to be released next year.
The new banknotes boast special features to prevent forgery and ease use for the visually impaired.
The older, red 200-shekel notes, which feature the image of President Zalman Shazar, will gradually be taken out of circulation over the next few years. Shazar was president from 1963 to 1973.