ILS (Israeli New Shequel)

What is ‘ILS’

For the Israeli New Sheqel (ILS), sometimes known as the Israeli New Sheqel (ILS), the currency abbreviation or currency sign is ILS. In addition to being made up of 100 agorot, the New Sheqel is frequently represented by the sign ₪. This sign is a combination of the initial letters of the Hebrew words “sheqel” and “hadash,” which are the first letters of the words “sheqel” and “hadash.” In fact, because Israel does not have a mint, the money is actually manufactured by a South Korean corporation.

Explaining ‘ILS’

The New Sheqel first appeared in 1986, when it was introduced to replace the existing sheqel currency at a one-to-one exchange rate. When it became a freely convertible currency in 2003, the country also became the first in the world to engage in derivative trading. In 2008, the currency was made fully convertible by the central bank.

Israeli New Shequel FAQ

Is NIS same as ILS?

It is dubbed the 'New Israeli Shekel,' but it is more frequently referred to as the 'Shekel' in Israel. It is also accepted as legal money in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Both NIS and ILS are acronyms for National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Are old Israeli shekels worth anything?

From 1980 until 1985, Israel's official currency was the Old Israeli Shekel (ILR), which stood for 'old Israeli shekel.' This currency, known as the Old Israeli Shekel, is no longer in use, and the banknotes representing it have no monetary value.

Further Reading

    • Expectations for peace in Israel and the value of the Israeli shekel, 1999–2008 – [PDF]
    • The disease outbreak channel of exchange rate return predictability: Evidence from COVID-19 – [PDF]
    • The Symptoms of Illness: Does Israel Suffer from “Dutch Disease”? – [PDF]
    • Performing neoliberal governmentality: an ethnography of financialized sovereign debt management practices – [PDF]
    • Postgraduate medical training and migration in Europe: a survey of financial and labour conditions – [PDF]
    • Globalisation and its effects on monetary policy: the case of Israel – [PDF]
    • Policies for operating enforcement cameras – [PDF]