Medal collectors, American history buffs, and those interested in Judaica can now read Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medals 1969-2019 by Mel Wacks on the Newman Numismatic Portal.
Readers can find the book at https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/556056.
The volume features biographies of more than 50 Jewish-American Hall of Fame inductees, taken from its web site www.amuseum.org/jahf; back stories about the creation of the medal designs; medal specifications (size, mintages and mints); and short biographies of the more than dozen medalists and calligraphers who created the medals.
In addition, two appendices describe the Wooden Shekels issued by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame intermittently from 1968-2009 and lists for the first time all 35 special commemorative medals it has issued, from the counterstamped Camp David Peace Dollar in 1978 through the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award (for the American Jewish Historical Society) in 2018.
Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medals 1969-2019 is an indispensable guide to a series that offers collectors a real challenge. As Wacks concludes in the Preface, “It is not easy [to assemble a complete collection], since mintages are very low—as few as 100 bronze, 55 pure silver, and a minuscule 11 gold. Remember—the fun is in the hunt!”
To learn more about the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, visit online at www.amuseum.org/jahf.
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