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Medal honors Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A new medal by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame honors Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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A new medal by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame honors Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Eugene Daub was selected to sculpt the portrait of Ginsburg; it will be added to the other plaques in the permanent display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum and will be reproduced in limited edition medals in what is currently the longest continuing series of privately issued art medals in America.

The over 2-inch diameter Ginsburg medals have the distinctive rounded-trapezoidal shape, created by sculptor Victor Ries, that has distinguished the Jewish-American Hall of Fame series since it was launched in 1969. The reverse features Moses holding the Ten Commandments – represented by the first 10 letters of the ancient Hebrew alphabet. The great lawgiver is based on a sculpture by Hermon MacNeil in the eastern pediment of the Supreme Court Building. Inscribed is an extract from Ginsburg’s remarks when she received the Albert D. Chernin Award given annually by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs: “I am a judge, born, raised, and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of the Jewish history and Jewish tradition.”

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The limited editions of no more than 150 bronze (weighing 2.5 troy ounces), 85 pure silver (3 troy ounces), and 35 gold-plated pure silver (3 troy ounces) are offered to collectors for contributions of $45, $200 and $250, respectively, sent to the non-profit Jewish-American Hall of Fame, 5189 Jeffdale Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. To order by telephone, call (818) 225-1348. Mention that you are a Numismatic News or World Coin News reader and take a 25 percent discount.

When she was appointed in 1993, Ginsburg became the second woman justice (Sandra Day O’Connor was the first) and the first Jewish woman ever to sit on the Court. She was selected as the 2013 Jewish-American Hall of Fame honoree by a distinguished Advisory Board of leading Jewish historians and organizational leaders.

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