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People
Abravanel, Don Isaac
Berg, Moe
Berle, Milton
Berlin, Irving
Bernstein, Leonard
Brandeis, Louis D.
Cardozo, Benjamin
Columbus, Christopher
Einstein, Albert
Elion, Gertrude
Gershwin, George
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader
Gompers, Samuel
Goodman, Benny
Gratz, Rebecca
Greenberg, Hank
Hillman, Sidney
Houdini, Harry
Jefferson, Thomas
Karpeles , Leopold
Lazarus, Emma
Lehman, Herbert H.
Levy, Asser
Levy, Uriah P.
Magnes, Judah L.
Meir, Golda
Miller, Arthur
Myerson, Bess
Noah, Mordecai.
Ochs, Adolph
Rose, Ernestine
Rosenthal, Robert
Ross, Barney

Salk, Jonas
Salomon, Haym
Santangel, Luis de
Sarnoff, David
Schick, Bela
Seixas, Gershom M.
Singer, Isaac B.
Stern, Isaac
Straus, Isidor & Ida
Strauss, Levi
Streisand, Barbra
Szold, Henrietta
Torres, Luis de
Touro, Judah

Wacks, Mel

Wald, Lillian

Washington, George
Wiesel, Elie
Zacuto, Abraham

Medal by Eugene Daub & Mel Wacks (2009), 40th Anniversary of The Jewish-American Hall of Fame and 70th Birthday of Mel Wacks, founder.

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Founded 1969)
The Jewish-American Hall of Fame is currently the longest series of art medals being issued in the United States! These works of medallic art have been called “one of the most important series of medals issued in America in recent years” in the 1990 catalog of the Congress of International Federation of Medallic Art, held in Finland. They are prized by collectors around the world, and are in the collections of The British Museum, the American Numismatic Society, the National Museum of Monetary History (Sweden), the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Magnes Museum, etc. Sales of these medals have made possible the award-winning educational web site www.amuseum.org, that is visited by over a million students and others from around the world every year. The Jewish-American Hall of Fame plaques are on permanent exhibit at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond.

Jewish-American Hall of Fame founder Mel Wacks was born in the Bronx on July 10, 1938. He began collecting at the age of 10, after his father gave him a pouch of old coins. Mel earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering at CCNY and NYU, respectively, but found his true calling in the world of numismatics.

Mel founded the Jewish-American Hall of Fame at the Magnes Museum in 1969, to honor the unique contributions made by Jewish Americans to all phases of the American way of life. Mel is proud that he has designed the reverses of the medals honoring Houdini, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel, as well as this medal.

Mel is also an expert in ancient Judaean coins, and is the author of The Handbook of Biblical Numismatics that is available free on the internet at www.amuseum.org/book and is available on Kindle. In addition, he served for over three decades as a Board member and later President of the American Israel Numismatic Association.



Sculptor Eugene Daub works on bust of Harvey Milk. Photo: Dan Nicoletta Eugene

Daub’s sculptures are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the British Museum. He has achieved the highest honors for his medallic art – the American Numismatic Society’s Saltus Award and the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture. Before sculpting the lifelike portrait of Mel Wacks, Eugene created The Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals commemorating Moe Berg (2006) and Milton Berle (2008).


 

 

 

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