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“People of the Book” is the theme of the American Israel Numismatic Association’s 2011 medal.
The term, “People of the Book” (ahl al-kitab) is a Muslim one – found in the Quran – that refers to the people of the Torah whom Moses led into the promised land and to whom that land belongs. Today, it also refers to Jewish readers of Judaic-related texts, in addition to holy texts.
The 32 mm, golden-brass medal was designed by Paul Kahane. The obverse features a person reading The Shekel, AINA’s bi-monthly magazine about Biblical, Judaic and Israeli coins, medals, tokens and paper money. To the left is the text, “Israel shall be called the … ‘People of the Book.’”
The reverse features the AINA logo, designed by Nathan Sobel.
Just 900 medals were minted in proof-like quality by The Highland Mint and sent to paid-up AINA members. The medal will be sent to new 2011 members who send $18 dues to AINA, P.O. Box 20255, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269. The medal is also available for $3 each plus $2 per order for shipping.