Israel (1954) 100 pruta KM-18.1
This specimen was lot 30080 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $470. The catalog description noted, "Republic copper-nickel 100 Pruta 1954 MS63 NGC, Bern mint. Research indicates that this may be a trial coin struck in Bern, or that the dies were manufactured there. Either way, this rarely available issue features lightly-toned surfaces, as well as an appreciable amount of golden luster that drips from the devices. A most engaging and well-preserved offering with an estimated mintage of just 100 pieces." The regular issue (KM 18) was nickel plated steel and is common. Massive influx of aid from the United States fueled inflation and coinage reforms in 1960, 1980 and 1985.
Recorded mintage: est. 250.
Specification: 7.5 g, copper-nickel, 25.6 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 18.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.