This three coin set commemorates the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the caves of Qumran and is the 1st issue in the "Historic Sites in the Holyland" series. Issued by the Bank of Israel to commemorate the "Caves of Qumran" in reference to an archaeological dig in the caves that discovered the "Dead Sea Scrolls" in 1947. The Biblical manuscripts found at Qumran are the oldest known copies of the Old Testament.
On the obverse is an image of the caves appearing in the bottom half of the coin. The word "Qumran" is inscribed above in Hebrew and English. The background of the coin displays some of the ancient writings from the scrolls. The reverse depicts the denomination "1/2, 1 or 5", with the State Emblem to the left, "Sheqel" or "Sheqalim" in Hebrew and English the inscription below reads "Israel" in Hebrew, Arabic and English, and the dates 1982-5743 in Hebrew and English. The uncirculated silver coin is mintmarked with a 6 pointed star at the bottom. The proof coins are mintmarked with a Hebrew 'mem'.