The Royal Canadian Mint used to strike coins for Israel in the 1970s, and has produced
16,300,000 aluminum-bronze 5 agorot coins in 1973. A few of these accidently
found themselves in a tote bin that was used to transport blank cent planchets,
and thus found their way into the cent striking machine. This Canadian
cent, in addition to being struck on a wrong planchet, exhibits remains
of the design of the underlying coin. Please wait for the page to
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To really appreciate the overstrike, we'll need to rotate the coin about
150 degrees counter-clockwise, and place it next to the reverse of a "real" Israeli 5
Agorot. The underlying details are highlighted in the following scan.
The following is a zoom in on the hebrew letters forming the word "Israel". All the letters are visible, although some are very faint.