Israel introduces new 200 NIS bill featuring Nathan Alterman

Two of four bills redesigned; 200 NIS bill to be circulated in 2016

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The Bank of Israel announced a new 200 NIS bill that will begin circulating in Israel in 2016. The new designs and theme for Israel’s new currency features famous Israeli/Hebrew poets and authors.

The 200 NIS bill will be blue (previously red) featuring the poet Nathan Alterman.

Alterman was an Israeli poet and playwright. He emigrated to then British Mandate of Palestinian in 1925 at the age of 15 from Poland. Alterman is most famous for his poetry and writing on the Holocaust.

Israel has been updating its currency with higher security markers for forgery prevention as well as making changes for the blind and visually impaired. The changes include different lengthens for the bills as well as a different transparent symbols that can be felt.

The 200 NIS bill is the second newly designed bill following the introduction last year of the new 50 NIS bill featuring Shaul Tchernichovsky. The 100 and 20 NIS bills are still in the design process and will feature the authors and poets Leah Goldberg and Rachel Bluwstein.