Money Shekels bills 521.
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Israel's government approved the famous personalities who will appear on a new series of shekel banknotes.
The approval of the list Sunday, which includes some of Israel's most beloved national poets, comes after the list was finalized last month by the Bank of Israel following more than a year of heated debate.
The personalities who will grace the new notes are Rachel the Poetess on the 20 shekel note, Shaul Tchernichovsky on the 50 shekel note, Leah Goldberg on the 100 shekel note and Natan Alterman on the 200 shekel note.
Rachel, who died in 1931, is a leading poet in modern Hebrew whose works have been set to music. Tchernichovsky was a two-time winner of the Bialik Prize for Literature.
Goldberg, who died in 1970, was a poet, author, playwright, literary
translator and researcher of Hebrew literature who translated "War and
Peace" into Hebrew. Alterman, an author, playwright, poet and newspaper
columnist who died in 1970, won the 1968 Israel Prize for Literature.
"In order to maintain the public's trust in the State's currency, the
governor decided to replace the currency series with a new series which
will include some of the world's most advanced security and
identification markings in a bid to make counterfeiting more difficult,"
the Bank of Israel said in a statement.
The current faces on Israeli currency are former Prime Minister Moshe
Sharett on the 20 shekel note; S.Y. Agnon on the 50 shekel note; and
former presidents Yitzhak Ben- Zvi and Zalman Shazar on the 100 shekel
and 200 shekel notes.