After 18 years as President of the American Israel Numismatic Association, Mel Wacks is stepping down. Mel is also resigning as Editor of the organization’s prize-winning magazine, “The Shekel,” after serving as Editor-in-Chief or Editor since 2013.
Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals have found homes in collections and museums around the world. Now, for the first time, a book by Mel Wacks publishes the biographies of more than 50 inductees along with their portrait medals.
The Shekel Prize Medal is awarded annually by the American Israel Numismatic Association to the author of the best book on Judaic or Holy Land numismatics. This year’s award went to Alex Abezgauz, for his book “Jewish Banknotes Based on the Collection of A. Abezgauz”.
A medal designed by Eugene Daub honoring Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise has been released. It is the 50th one to be added to the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Series. Isaac Mayer Wise was an important Reform Rabbi and author of numerous theological works, essays and novels.