Hall of Fame Chronology
Gerta Ries Wiener's last medal, honoring pioneer women's rights
advocate Ernestine Rose, is issued when Gerta is 96 years old!
Elie Wiesel (medal by Alex Shagin and Mel Wacks) writes: "Thanks
for the honor for which you have chosen me." Sculptor Alex Shagin
wins the Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the
Medal, presented by the American Numismatic Society.
Oskar Schindler medal by Marika Somogyi.
Special Issue: Oskar Schindler medal, created by child survivor
Marika Somogyi, is offered. In 1998, the Israel Government Coins
& Medals Corporation licenses this design to be offered by them
(in the name of the Magnes Museum).
The Houdini medal, created by Hal Reed and Mel Wacks, is front
page news in Coin World. It is an innovative concept, consisting
of two medals in one!
Barbra Streisand medal is sculpted by Alex Shagin.
The video, "Visions: Jewish-American Hall of Fame" is updated
by Mel Wacks and Bill Chayes, and is distributed by The Jewish
Web site inaugurated for the Jewish-American Hall of Fame: www.amuseum.org
Medal commemorating the Titanic - Jewish Connection features
Ida & Isidor Straus, and David Sarnoff. Created by Alex Shagin
and Mel Wacks. A large number are purchased by the Israel Government
Coins & Medals Corporation, which sells them worldwide. Syndicated
columnist, Peter Rexford (who is read by millions) writes that,
"the Magnes Museum has issued a medal that's exquisitely engraved
and takes a unique and poignant approach to the event."
To commemorate Gerta Ries Wiener's 100th birthday this year
(December 9) Mel Wacks nominates her for the Numismatic Art
Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture, presented annually
by the American Numismatic Association . and she wins! Mel also
writes feature articles about the Jewish-American Hall of Fame
medals created by Ms. Wiener, which is published in Coin
World and The Shekel (magazine of the American Israel
To complete the celebration, a small display - including an
exact facsimile of Gerta's Numismatic Art Award for Excellence
in Medallic Sculpture - was mounted next to the Jewish-American
Hall of Fame display at the Magnes Museum.
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