Dating israeli coins
During the 1960s, a debate over the non-Hebrew name of the Israeli currency resulted in a law ordering the Minister of Finance to change the name pound into a Hebrew name, Shekel (שקל).
The law allowed the minister to decide on a proper date for the change.
(I had that same problem with a phased-out 10 Agarot coin).
Hebrew dates are read right to left and use Hebrew numerals.It's a breath of success when I finally "decode" the coin. Here's a pic I made illustrating the difference between the two letters Angielczyk names, which can also be seen on Jedi's link, as they appear on actual coins (a 1977 5 agorot and 1974 10 agorot): The top stroke is longer on the daled, and it's horizontal.Most noticeably, it's asymmetrically balanced - the left "arm" is longer than the right one.In ancient Israel, the shekel was known to be about 180 grains (11 grams or .35 troy ounces).From the formation of the modern State of Israel on through 1952 banknotes continued to be issued by the Anglo-Palestine Bank as Palestine pound which was pegged to the British Pound.) was the currency of the State of Israel from June 1952 until 23 February 1980, when it was replaced with the shekel on 24 February 1980.