Two-shekel coin launched


Israel introduced a two-shekel coin.

The coin, which is about the size of an American nickel, came off the Bank of Israel’s mint Sunday as part of a drive to reduce transaction costs incurred to businesses by having to handle large amounts of one-shekel coins.

The two-shekel coin has a picture of a pomegranate flanked by two cornucopias, a symbol used on currency during the reign of the Hasmonean King John Hyrcanus in the second century BCE.

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