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 Posted 09/18/2020  10:57 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've accumulated a few Israeli coins now and I notice that every year many coins have a limited Hanukkah commemorative edition. I've yet to see any of these turn up in my noodling and am curious as to their origins. Are they only released during the 9 days of Hanukkah? Are they in general circulation or get collected beforehand by hoarders? Are they given as presents during Hanukkah? What prices do they fetch?

Sorry for so many questions.

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 Posted 09/19/2020  06:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not an "Israeli numismatist", but I think I can answer some of your questions.

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that takes place in December, and has become kind of a "Jewish Christmas" - a time for Jewish families to get together and give gifts. Coins, known as "Hanukkah gelt", have been a traditional Hanukkah gift for hundreds of years. The Israeli Mint is well aware of this custom, and has in the past specifically made and marketed coin sets and coins for giving as Hanukkah gifts. I do not believe they have made the "Hanukkah variant" of regular circulating coins since 1989 - at least, this is the year they are currently selling from the Mint's gift shop.

In that sense, they are not entirely different to the "Christmas crowns" of Britain during the 1920s, or of the many "Chinese New Year" coins issued by numerous mints: they are coins intended to be given as gifts. As such, they are not intended to enter circulation and would likely only enter circulation if a gift set was broken up and spent.
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 Posted 09/19/2020  10:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numister to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Generally modern Israeli coins don't go for alot of money. Have bought many before at slightly higher than silver value few years ago.
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 Posted 09/19/2020  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the replies. I was kinda thinking along those lines so thanks for the confirming my suspicions.
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