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20 new shekel banknote

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Value  ₪20
Height  138 mm
Width  71 mm
20 new shekel banknote
Years of printing  Series B: 1999-present, Series A: 1988-1999
Design  Portrait of Moshe Sharett; picture of the ceremony of the unfurling of the Israeli flag at the UN building on 12 May 1949; text from the speech given by Sharett on that occasion.
Design date  Series B: 3 January 1999

The twenty new shekel note (₪20) is the lowest value banknote of the Israeli new shekel, It was first issued in Series A 1988 with the Series B in 1999.


Security features

  • Latent image: A triangle in the right-hand corner.
  • Watermark: Portrait of Moshe Sharett and a small circle beneath it enclosing the initial of his surname (in Hebrew).
  • Security thread: Threaded through the paper below the middle of the note.
  • Microtext: To the right of the main text with titles of seven books written by Moshe Sharett.
  • Optical Variable Ink: A triangle composed of small squares, with the apex pointing to the right.
  • See-through: A small triangle printed on either side of the note; the two triangles form a precise Star of David.
  • Serial numbers: Once in olive-green and once in black which reflects UV light.
  • Polymer Edition

    The additional red text on the polypropylene note (in reverse) reads "60 Years of the State of Israel" in Hebrew in red ink. It was only featured in a 1.8 million limited run close to the noted anniversary and is not present on a majority of notes.

    It was Made of polypropylene, a polymer substrate, which is superior to the current paper note with a circulation life of a few months only. The polymer note is printed by Orell Füssli Security Printing of Zürich, Switzerland.


    Portrait of Moshe Sharett; below, in a line legible under a magnifying glass, the titles of his seven books; the ceremony of the unfurling of the Israeli flag by Sharett at the U.N. building in 1949; the denomination "Twenty New Sheqalim" and "Bank of Israel" in Hebrew.


    Original building of the Herzlia high school where Sharett studied; a background of Little Tel Aviv; the denomination "20 New Sheqalim" and "Bank of Israel" in Arabic and English.

    Security Features

  • Watermark: Portrait of Moshe Sharett.
  • Security thread: In the middle of the note.
  • Look-through: Six small triangles on the front merge with two rhombi and two triangles on the back to form a Star of David when held against the light.
  • Circulation

    The current ₪20 in circulation is the Series B issued from 1999, it measures 71 x 138 mm with a green color scheme. The ₪20 Series A bank notes were issued from 1988 to 1999 and measured 76 x 138 mm with a dark gray scheme. The ₪20 Series A bank notes were withdrawn from circulation by 2005.


    20 new shekel banknote Wikipedia

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