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Tel Aviv Numismatic Club
Were the Tel Aviv Numismatic Club a barometer measuring the condition of
Israel's numismatic scene, its needle would point solidly to the right – the
sunny side. This is in stark contrast to the often heard complaint that
interest in coin & currency collecting is dwindling and that the market
is down. Not according to the 50-60 or so coin & currency collectors who
meet each Thursday afternoon at around 4 pm (the end of the working week for
most of us) in the central Tel Aviv clubhouse of their philatelic
counterparts. Just about anything is traded or swapped. Not only Israel
material or Numismatica Judaica, but also foreign material enjoys substantial
popularity. Top three of the foreign popularity list: Euro trade coins from
the 12 participating countries collected by date, the tremendously popular
U.S. state quarters collected by mintmark, and the Secagawea dollar – also
collected by date and mintmark! Where else in the world could you find a coin
club that meets each and every week, fifty-two times a year, always
attracting a crowd?
Tel Aviv Numismatic Club, Hess
Street 16, Tel Aviv (off Allenby Road, due north of Carmel market, 3rd street
right). Thursdays, clubhouse open from around . The clubhouse is owned by the Tel Aviv Philatelic
Club which meets each Monday. Phonecard collectors fill the Sunday slot.
Philatelic, numismatic and Judaica auctions are held Wednesdays. Membership
NIS 14.00/month. One-time admission NIS 14.00 (good for one month) charged to
Israel Numismatic Collectors Association
Israel Numismatics is alive! That is the opinion of the approx. 100 members of
the Israel numismatic Collectors Society (INCA), 60-80 of which meet approx.
once every six weeks in Tel Aviv, to listen to interesting lectures by
experts, to trade Israel and world coins, banknotes etc., or just exchange
numismatic experiences. INCA issues a quarterly magazine in Hebrew.
INCA, date (always on a Thursday at 5:30 pm) and place of meeting announced in
advance to members. Membership NIS 100 per year + NIS 20 per meeting, which
includes the quarterly INCA magazine in Hebrew. Hot & soft drinks and cake
Talk of the town, at least among numismatists. For now only a persistent
rumour. The IGCMC has the same problem as official governmental numismatic
outlets in other countries. It started life in the 1950's selling coins and
medals – numismatic material only – just as its name says. Now they are just
another big jewellery and gift store, also selling expensive numismatic and
quasi-numismatic material. Nothing strange, though. For instance, look at the
Swiss or Dutch mints' websites and you'll see much the same.
Fake bi-metallic NIS 10 coins (KM-270). Now you see them almost everywhere.
There are so many of them around that people don't even bother to check their
change, even though they are easily detected. Not even our local lotto
salesman or cab driver! Especially the minting quality of the copper core is
inferior, the obverse motif and reverse text is less raised than on the
genuine coin. The copper core is also somewhat rounded-off towards the rim on
one side (either obverse or reverse). Made in Jaffa. Rumour says that they
also made their way into Israel from Nablus, Palestinian Authority. All those
seen by me were dated 5755 (1995). They are being collected. Open question:
Does a forged coin belong in a coin collection?
See the (genuine) 10 New Sheqalim coin at the
Bank of Israel website.