Sylvia Haffner Magnus, “The First Lady of Modern Israel Numismatics,”
Featured on AINA’s 2014 Medal
The American Israel
issued its first membership
medal in 1973, and every
year since a new token
has been given free to
All Life Members and paid-up AINA 2014 members will receive a free medal honoring Sylvia Haffner Magnus. The obverse was designed by Paul Conner, and the reverse AINA logo was created by Nahan Sobel.
While living in California, Sylvia authored thr ground-breaking reference “History of Modern Israel’s Money from 1917 to 1967.” This book included the coins and currency issued under the British Mandate of Palestine. A later edition included Turkish and Egyptian Money used in the Holyland. She was awarded the American Numismatic Association’s Heath Literar Award in recognition of her exceptional work.
Sylvia lived in Israel for several years where she did the research for “Judaic Tokens and Medals,” which was and published by AINA in 1978 (edited by Nathan Sobel). This important reference was the culmination of Sylvia’s efforts to list and photograph kibbutz scrip, merchant and co-operative tokens, city and municipality medals, Masonic and Arab medals and tokens, etc.
Sylvia served on the AINA board and wrote numerous articles over the years that appeared in the Shekel.
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