Israel is broadly referred to as the Holy Land in many different religions. Gold coins from Israel are made of fine gold and come in a variety of designs and weights (Sheqalim). These striking coins commemorate Israel's history with creative designs that incorporate Bible stories, historical events, ancient artifacts, famous people and places. Israel's proof gold coins are made specifically for collectors, not for circulation. These proof coins have a mirror-like finish with a sharp attention to detail. Minted gold coins are made of the highest quality, and produced with limited mintage, distributed through the Bank of Israel by the Israel Coins & Medals Corporation (ICMC). Every year, five new coins are produced, each coin has a three-year sales cycle. When the cycle ends, the ICMC stops the sale of the coin and will destroy extra coins to ensure the coin's rarity and value.