NIS – the New Israeli Shekel

NIS – the New Israeli Shekel

The Israeli currency called “New Shekel” or just “Shekel”. Its symbol is ש”ח or ₪.
The Shekels approximate value is about 0.3 of a USD and 0.2 of a Euro.
The smaller coin, a 0.01 of a Shekel is called “Agora”.
The existing coins are 10 Agorot (which is 0.10 of a Shekel), 50 Agorot (0.5 of a Shekel), 1 Shekel and 2 Shekels.

The bigger banknotes range between 20 to 200 shekel: 20 Shekel, 50 Shekel, 100 Shekel and 200 Shekel Banknotes are available.
The 20 Shekel is the most popular and used to erode quickly. For that reason, April 2008 the government launched the polypropylene banknote which replaced the paper one. You still might get a paper 20 shekel banknote, but if it looks too new there is a place for suspicion.

These days Israel begins a process of changing the banknotes design. It will include new colors for all and new images. (For example the new 50 will be green, as today’s 20).

Israeli banknotes and coins:

The Israeli currency called “New Shekel” or just “Shekel”. Its symbol is ש”ח or ₪.
The Shekels approximate value is about 0.3 of a USD and 0.2 of a Euro.
The smaller coin, a 0.01 of a Shekel is called “Agora”.
The existing coins are 10 Agorot (which is 0.10 of a Shekel), 50 Agorot (0.5 of a Shekel), 1 Shekel and 2 Shekels.

The bigger banknotes range between 20 to 200 shekel: 20 Shekel, 50 Shekel, 100 Shekel and 200 Shekel Banknotes are available.
The 20 Shekel is the most popular and used to erode quickly. For that reason, April 2008 the government launched the polypropylene banknote which replaced the paper one. You still might get a paper 20 shekel banknote, but if it looks too new there is a place for suspicion.

These days Israel begins a process of changing the banknotes design. It will include new colors for all and new images. (For example the new 50 will be green, as today’s 20).

Israeli banknotes and coins:

NIS - New Israeli Shekel