We handle money nearly every day. But how much do we really know about our banknotes? Which president is on the $50 bill? Which banknote showcases the White House? Which one includes the Statue of Liberty torch? Banknotes can be examined and deciphered to understand the history and politics of any nation.
Having changed eight times since its establishment, Israel’s banknotes offer an especially interesting opportunity to explore the history of the Jewish state. The story of Israeli banknotes is not just a story of wear and inflation. Like street names, stamps or coins, banknotes have symbolic, political, and commemorative significance – a reminder of our history, every time we open our wallet.