Israel’s central bank in a statement on Friday said Israel would issue a special edition of coins in appreciation of the role played by medical workers in fighting COVID-19 in the country.
These are millions of newly designed 5-new-shekel coins that would be available in the markets.
The issue, approved by the Israeli government following the Bank of Israel’s suggestion, would be dedicated to medical teams for their contribution and struggle for the lives and health of the citizens during the pandemic period.
The design of the coin was chosen in a competition that included 15 graphic designers, and features a doctor examining a patient.
However, such commemorative coins have already been issued in other countries, including Egypt, Italy and France.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that “Israeli medical teams are at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus and are doing holy work around the clock from the moment the crisis began.”
Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron added that “the successful response to the virus by the Israeli healthcare system is one of the main pillars that helped the Israeli economy overcome the effects of the crisis.”