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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-08-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

24 Friday, August 1, 1980

Pediatric Parley in Jerusalem

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dr.
Samuel Meites, director of
the Columbus Children's
Hospital clinical chemistry
laboratory and professor in
the departments of path-
ology and pediatrics at Ohio
State University has been

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appointed to the organizing
committee of the first Inter-
national Congress of
Pediatric Laboratory
Medicine, to be held in
Jerusalem, Oct. 12-17.
The congress is dedicated
to diagnostic medicine deal-
ing with children's diseases
and is sponsored by the In-
ternational Federation of
CliniCal Chemistry and the
American Association for
Clinical Chemistry.

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universities are those who
simplify their material and
thereby foster the illusion
that a challenging body of
knowledge can be easily as-
similated.

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Coins and Medals Portray Israel's History

By SIMON GRIVER

World Zionist Press

Service
The history of ancient
Jewish coinage dates back
to the establishment of the
independent Hasmonean
Dynasty in the Second Cen-
tury BCE. It is interesting
that in accordance with the
second Commandment,
these coins contain no like-
ness of living beings, men or
animals. The writing is in
both Hebrew and Greek.
Among the most beauti-
ful ancient coins are those
dating from the Bar-Kochba
War (132-135 CE). The
coins are marked "Year 1 to
the Redemption of Israel,"
Year 2 to the Freedom of
Israel," etc. The whole issue
is overstruck on Roman
coins current in Palestine.
Many hundreds of years
later, we find at the end of
the 17th Century bitterly
anti-Semitic medals (Kovn
Juda) showing a bearded
man with a Jewish hat car-
rying a sack of grain with
the devil sitting on it and
ripping it open.
Numismatism, or in
layman's language coin
collecting, is now a $1 bil-
lion worldwide industry.
Israel has successfully
carved for herself a luc-
rative share of this fast
expanding market.
The Israel Government
Coins and Medals Corp. has
for the past 20 years been
minting medals that com-
memorate a wide range of
events, places, people and
intitutions. In addition, the
Bank of Israel issues an-
nually special silver coins to
mark Hanuka and Inde-
pendence Day.

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"The medals serve as im-
portant media for com-
municating about Israel, its
history, culture and
achievements, to both
Jewish and non-Jewish
people in all parts of the
Western world," observes
Eliezer Shiloni, the director
general of the Israel Gov-
ernment Coins and Medals
Corp.
The medals and coins are
minted in silver, bronze and
sometimes gold. Millions of
them are sold each year.
Half of them to Americans,
10 percent to Europeans
and the rest are snapped up
by Israelis themselves. The
corporation has 100,000
subscribers who receive a
discount on all their pur-
chases. These people are
avid collectors, who buy at
least one copy of each of the
dozen or so coins that are
minted each year.
On average, a bronze
coin costs $7, a silver one
$90, while a gold coin
weighs in at a rather ex-
pensive $400. All the
same there are thousands
of Israelis who buy every
coing, including the sev-
eral that are issued each
year in gold.
While half of the market
is cornered by these hard-
ened collectors, the other
half comprises the souvenir
buyers. These of course in-
clude tourists, as well as
local people buying the odd
gift. In this vein the Bar
Mitzva and wedding medals
are particularly popular.
"Collecting these medals
and coins is in many ways
similar , to collecting
stamps," explains Aviva
Blum, the advertising man-
ager of the Israel Govern-
ment Coins and Medals
Corp. "Already there are
two weekly newspapers in
America that cater to the
interests of the numis-
matist. But while stamps,
however valuable, are just
pieces of paper and many
coins are only faded lumps
of metal, commemorative
medals are artistically de-
signed and attractive."
Indeed, the medals are
also literally worth their
weight in gold. Any medal
contains 90 percent of the
relevant mineral. Yet the

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His praise is lost who
waits till all commend.

These three medals issued by the Israel Govern-
ment Coins and Medals Corp. commemorate, from
left, "illegal" immigration into Israel after World War
II, the rescue of the hostages at Entebbe in 1976, and
continuing immigration to Israel (note that the Magen
David is not yet complete).

recent surges and slumps of
gold and silver on the world
markets has in no way af-
fected sales of the medals.
Despite the fact that the
value of the medals inex-
tricably linked to the prices
of gold and silver,
speculators seem to steer
clear of the commodity,
leaving them as the
preserve of collectors and
souveniers and gift hunters.
Over the years the
medals issued have in-
cluded a multitude of
Jewish and Israeli
themes. There are medals
that bear the heads of
Herzl and Weizmann;
that depict places like
Massada and the Knes-
set; that celebrate such
victories and achieve-
ments as the Six-Day War
and the Entebbe raid;
that recall the suffering
of the Holocaust and the
plight of Soviet Jewry;
that reflect institutions
like El Al and the Hebrew
University.
A complete collection con-
tains not only a gallery of

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Jewish and Israeli history
but also some Christian
themes. Medals like the one
commemorating "Terra
Sancta" are favorites of
non-Jewish buyers.
It is worth noting that the
recent currency change-
over to the Shekel was an-
ticipated in modern Israel
as long ago as 1961 by the
issue of a commemorative
half-Shekel coin.
Perhaps the most impor-
tant aspect is that the pro-
fits made by the
government-owned coin
and medal corporation,
rather than lining the
pockets of enterprising
businessman, are ear-
marked to fund the restora-
tion of ancient monuments
and archeological research.
Appropriately, the coins
and medals enrich the cul-
ture that they depict.

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VOTE AUG 5TH

PATRICIA A. KELLY

State Representative — 69th District

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