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The Jewish-American Hall of Fame was founded by Mel Wacks in 1969 at the Magnes Museum, and became a division of the American Jewish Historical Society in 2001 and the web site came under the auspices of the American Numismatic Society in 2012. Over a million visitors a year take the virtual tour through 500 years of Jewish-American history — from the Jews who helped Columbus to Barbra Streisand — on the JAHF’s award-winning website at Shown are Jewish-American Hall of Fame art medals designed by 10 different medalists, including winners of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture and the American Numismatic Society’s J. Sanford Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal.

The long-running Jewish-American Hall of Fame art medal series was called “[one of the three most] important series of medals in recent years” by Alan Stahl, in the catalog of FIDEM XXII (1990, Helsinki).

Jewish-American Hall of Fame art medals have been struck by some of America’s leading private mints — Medallic Art Company, MedalCraft Mint, Highland Mint, etc. — in small editions, with each medal individually serial numbered on the edge. A full catalog, including prices of available medals, can be seen at





If you have any questions email Mel Wacks at or call (818) 225-1348 any day from 9am-9pm pacific time.