New 200-shekel Banknote Enters Circulation

With the new 50 and 200 already on the streets, the new 20 and 100 are due next year.

Moti Bassok
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Bank of Israel chief Karnit Flug presenting the new 200-shekel bill, December 2015.
Bank of Israel chief Karnit Flug presenting the new 200-shekel bill, December 2015. Credit: Emil Salman
Moti Bassok

Israel’s new 200-shekel note entered circulation Wednesday at banks, ATMs and the Postal Bank.

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.

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