Israel 10 sheqalim 1984 “Theodor Herzl”
This month, MCCC Treasurer Simcha Kuritzky will give a talk that was the basis for my award-winning World Coin News article, “Israel’s Innovative Designs that Avoid Graven Images.”
Since ancient times, Jews have been concerned that portraits of people and animals on coins could be considered graven images in violation of the Second Commandment. After a ruling by the Chief Rabbi in the 1950s that images which were not raised above the surface or were in profile were permissible, the Bank of Israel came up with three innovative ways of portraying real people. From 1960-74, small profile busts were shown in a sunken rectangle on non-circulating commemoratives, creating a uniquely Israeli style. A special process was used from 1984-95 on circulating commemoratives where rough and smooth areas simulated a black and white photograph when viewed in direct light. Lastly, Israel started a Biblical Art series of non-circulating commemoratives in 1994, and these all use new techniques such as line drawings, negative space, and stylized profiles to avoid creating a graven image.
Also, please bring your donations to the November meeting. Our goal is to raise $1000 for a local program aiding children. That’s only possible if you donate generously so that we have enough material to reach that goal. Give your donations to Auction Chairman Jack Shadegg. At the conclusion of the auction you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
Doors open at 7:00 PM and the meeting starts about 7:15 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings also include club member exhibitions, door and raffle prizes, refreshments and a live auction.