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Hendin receives Holst award

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David Hendin, American Numismatic Society adjunct curator, was the recipient of the 2013 Gunnar Holst Numismatic Foundation Medal.

Hendin received the award at a lecture at the University of Göteborg, Sweden, May 16 by Bengt Holmen and Yngve Karlsson of the foundation. The topic of Hendin’s lecture was “The Coinage of the Two Jewish Wars.”

The Gunnar Holst Foundation cited Hendin:

… for many years of comprehensive contributions to numismatics. By virtue of his education as a journalist, Hendin quickly recognized the function of coins as an early means of mass media. His research in numismatics has resulted in hundreds of articles, his lectures and seminars in many countries have been comprehensive. Hendin’s foremost merit is his Guide to Biblical Coins, now [in] its fifth edition. His descriptions of the historical backgrounds to the coins are exemplary. Hendin has been awarded many literary prizes. His 1973 book Death as a Fact of Life was a bestseller; this is evidence of the scope of his personal qualities.
Hendin was the 22nd scholar to receive the medal since it was created in 1992.

The Gunnar Holst Numismatic Foundation of Göteborg was founded and initially funded in Holst’s honor by Rut and Bengt Holmén. Holst, who died several years ago at age 97, was a lifelong active member of the Göteborg Numismatic Society.


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