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March 3, 2014 12:12 am

Bank of Israel Unveils New Design for 50 Shekel Note Featuring Poet Saul Tchernichovsky

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Bank of Israel, Jerusalem. Photo: Ester Inbar.

The Bank of Israel on Sunday unveiled the design for its new 50 shekel note scheduled to be printed and put into circulation in the next few days, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

The bill has undergone a radical makeover and will now feature the likeness of poet Saul Tchernichovsky. Furthermore, the new tender will be green, as opposed to the current deep purple. Finally, the dimensions of the NIS 50 banknote have been changed to 136 mm by 71 mm, in order to aid the visually impaired.

The new note will also incorporate the most advanced anti-counterfeit features.

While change is in the air, the Bank of Israel explained that the existing banknote, which contains a picture of Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, “…will continue to be accepted as legal tender for several more years. The public will be given sufficient time to replace existing notes for the new bills.”

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