The Governor of the Bank of Israel announced today that beginning on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, (11 Tevet 5776), the new NIS 200 banknote will be distributed to the public. This is the second banknote of the new series of banknotes, and it will be distributed through commercial bank tellers, automated teller machines, and Postal company branches.

 
Remarks by the Governor of the Bank of Israel, Dr. Karnit Flug: “The launch of a new banknote is a special event, for the Bank of Israel, the State, and for the public. The fact that most of the public is confident in the trustworthiness of the banknotes in circulation is not always self-evident. The new series of banknotes makes use of advanced technology, and incorporates high standards of security, innovation, and accessibility. I am proud that the new series of banknotes was planned and produced with designated solutions for the blind and vision impaired.”
 
Remarks by the Director General of the Bank of Israel, Mr. Hezi Kalo: “The security features are intended for the general public, and were planned that way—one does not need to be an expert on banknotes in order to verify that they genuine. It is enough to look for a moment at the golden book, the glittering stripe, or the watermark, to feel the raised ink, or to see the menorah symbol when tilting the banknote. We call to the public’s attention the prominent security features—secure by design.”
 
Description of the banknote:
Denomination:
NIS 200
Portrait (horizontal):
Nathan Alterman
Dominant color:
Blue
Size:
150 x 71mm
Design on front of note:
Background pictures
 
Autumn leaves
Microtext
Poem: “Eternal Meeting”
Design on back of note:
Background pictures
 
Moonlit flora
Text
A segment from the poem “Morning poem”
Signs for the blind and vision impaired:
Four pairs of lines at the lower margins of the banknote, on the left and on the right, are printed with raised transparent ink that is discernible by touch.
Designer:
Ms. Osnat Eshel
 
Information resources, including a short film, are available at this DropBox link (click here).
 
Pictures of the banknote:
 
Front:
 
The second denomination in the new banknote series - the NIS 200 banknote - will be distributed to the public beginning on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

 

Back:
 

The second denomination in the new banknote series - the NIS 200 banknote - will be distributed to the public beginning on Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The banknotes in the new series have advanced standards of security, innovation, and accessibility. The denominations differ in color and length, and they incorporate a range of leading edge anti-counterfeiting security features, created through various technologies. In addition, the new banknotes include designated features to aid the blind and vision impaired.
 
The NIS 200 banknotes in use today, from Series B of the New Shekel, which entered circulation in 1999, will continue to be legal tender for several years, and will be in circulation in parallel with the new banknotes. When the older banknotes will be deposited at the Bank of Israel, they will gradually be replaced with banknotes from the new series.
 
The Bank of Israel has been working over recent months to inform and train the companies and main entities using cash in the economy about the forthcoming entry into circulation of the new banknotes and their manner of use. In addition, the Bank of Israel supplied samples of the banknotes, in a timely fashion, to banks, importers of automated machine mechanisms and to companies that operate those machines. The samples were provided in order to calibrate and adjust the machines to the new banknotes.
 
Automated machine operators that have not yet completed the process of adjusting the machines to the new banknotes are required to do so as soon as possible.
 
A public information campaign will be launched today through the media. Within the framework of the campaign, the public will receive detailed information about the new banknote. Further information is available on the Bank of Israel website at www.newbanknotes.org.il or by email contact­_currency@boi.org.il, or by telephone
1-800-300-018.