Israel P-60c / 50 New Sheqalim 2007 – UNC
|Issued by||Bank of Israel|
|Issue||1998-2014 “Vertical” Issue|
|Size||138 x 71 mm|
|Watermark||Portrait of Agnon and a small circle beneath it enclosing the initial of his surname (in Hebrew)|
|Sign for the blinds||Three vertical lines in intaglio ink at the top left of the note|
|Security thread||Threaded through the paper below the middle of the note.|
|See-through||A small triangle printed on either side of the note; the two triangles form a precise Star of David|
|Signature||Aharon Fogel & Stanley Fischer|
|Obverse||Portrait of Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970 image made with Hebrew letters of his initials Shin & Ayin), Israel’s first Nobel Prize laureate, portrayed in a pensive mode against a backdrop of his personal library. Text from the acceptance address given by Agnon when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966.
(To left of Portrait – Speech Text)
From a historical catastrophe that Titus King Roman destroyed Jerusalem and exiled Israel from his own country, I was born in one of the Diaspora cities. But at all times I was always like me, born in Jerusalem. In a dream in a night vision, I saw myself standing with my Levite in the Temple as I sang with them King David’s songs. Such pleasantness heard no ear from the day our city was destroyed and went with her in exile. I suspect the angels who are in charge of the singing hall will show that I will daydream what I sang in my dream, which is most common on the day I sang at night, that if my brother’s people could hear, they could not endure their grief because of the good they had lost. To appease me for taking me out of my mouth they let me do written songs.
|Reverse||An aerial view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, on which he had a panoramic view from his home; picture of Agnon’s writing stand with his pen and reading glasses; text listing the titles of sixteen of Agnon’s books.|