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Arkin wins AINA’s Shekel Prize

Prize winner Yigal Arkin as photographed by Howard Berlin.

The winner of the 2018 Shekel Prize for the best work published in 2017 on the subject of Judaean, Jewish or Holy Land numismatics is Yigal Arkin, for his book “Money Time, 70 Years of Currency in Israel.”

The announcement was made by the American Israel Numismatic Association.

The book tells the story of the bank notes and coins of the State of Israel over its 70-year history, from the day of the declaration of independence on May 14, 1948.

Bank notes and coins of the British Mandate period in Palestine are also included.Backgrounds are presented about the designs, along with illustrations relating to the personalities and places depicted on Israeli and pre-state paper money and coins.

Yigal Arkin is also the author of “Banknotes and Coins of Israel, 1927-1998,” “Banknotes and Coins of Israel 1927-2006,” and “Monumental Money,” all of which are available on Amazon.

The Shekel Prize medal was designed by Victor Huster. (Photos courtesy of Mel Wacks)

Also competing for the Shekel Prize were “Israel Numismatic Research” published by the Israel Numismatic Society, “The Coinage of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome” by Robert Deutsch, and “Interpreting Ancient Jewish coin Symbols” by Dr. Gary Fine.

Judges were Mel Wacks (chair), David Hendin, Ira Rezak, Allen Berman and Simcha Kuritzky.

For information on ordering “Money Time,” contact the publisher, Isranumis Coins & Paper Money Ltd., at isranumis@yahoo.com.

The Shekel Prize is awarded annually by the American Israel Numismatic Association; to learn more about AINA, visit www.theshekel.org.


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