The Israel Numismatic Society
Jay M. Galst M.D., of blessed memory
Dr. Jay Galst, an avid numismatist from New York, passed away due to COVID-19 on Saturday, April 11.
A longtime friend of the Israel Numismatic Society, Jay was a Life Donor to the INS, an Israel Numismatic Research Founder member and a donor to the Numismatic Department at the Israel Museum.
Jay was past president of the New York Numismatic Club (1988–1989), an active member of the American Numismatic Society and co-authored with Dr. Peter G. van Alfen, Ophthalmologia Optica et Visio in Nummis (American Numismatic Society, New York 2013 – http://numismatics.org/store/ophthal/ ), which catalogued over 1,700 numismatic objects related to the eye and the practice of ophthalmology.
Jay's numismatic collecting interests focused mainly on ancient Jewish coins and Roman provincial coinage of our area but also included numerous rare US items. He freely shared information and photographs of coins in his collection. Many of his Jewish coins appear in the Menorah Coin Project website: https://www.menorahcoinproject.com/ and are included in the forthcoming book:
The Yehud Coinage: A Study and Die Classification of the Provincial Silver Coinage of Judah.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin (1972; B.S., chemistry), Jay moved with his wife, Joann, to New York, to attend medical school at Columbia University, graduating in 1976. He worked as a Senior Ophthalmologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and at his private clinic.
He will be sadly missed by all his friends in Israel.
Dr. Haim Gitler
President, Israel Numismatic Society
Jay M. Galst and Haim Gitler at the American Numismatic Society Gala Dinner, NY, January 2018
1988–1989 New York Numismatic Club Presidential Medal of Jay M. Galst, M.D. Struck by Medallic Art Co. Obverse by Joseph Di Lorenzo; reverse by J. Swanson. Silver, 38mm. Israel Museum Collection
Israel Numismatic Research 14 (2019)
Now Available (January 2020)
Publications of the Israel Numismatic Society
Numismatic Studies and Researches Volume XI
Small Change in Hellenistic-Roman Galilee
THE EVIDENCE FROM NUMISMATIC SITE FINDS AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION
Gold Coin and Small Change: Monetary Circulation in Fifth-Seventh Century Byzantine Palestine
by Gabriela Bijovsky
published by EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste (in association with the Israel Numismatic Society),
Trieste , 2012. - p. 553 ; 24 cm ; ill., softback (ISBN 9788883034770).
This book presents scholars a comprehensive analysis of the local coinage that circulated in Palestine
from the death of Arcadius until the time of the Arab conquest in the 640s.
The book can be purchased directly via: http://eut.units.it/dettaglio?query=JID=483
(press "Acquista" in order to fill the order form).
Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum. (Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8, 2013)
by Ya’akov Meshorer with Gabriela Bijovsky and Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert, and edited by David Hendin and Andrew Meadows_____________________________________________________________________________________
History and aims of the Society
The Israel Numismatic Society (INS) was founded in Tel Aviv on May 10, 1945. Its first president was David Nudelman. In 1956 the INS approved a charter, which laid out the objectives and functioning of the society until recently. Since then three branches, in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, grew up and have conducted regular monthly meetings. A journal on behalf of the INS, the Israel Numismatic Journal, was published, beginning in 1962. With the presidency of Prof. Dan Barag, the journal was reactivated (with Prof. Dan Barag as editor); ten volumes have appeared since 1980. Paralleling the growth of the state, the Israel Numismatic Society has greatly developed from its modest beginnings in 1945 as “The Numismatic Section of the Tel Aviv Circle of Amateurs of Antiquities.” Through the efforts and expertise of several people, from collectors to professors, the Society has advanced mode numismatic research in the small country. Several of its exceptional publications (ten volumes of Special Publications and five volumes of Corpus Nummorum Palestinensium) and journals continue to broaden our understanding of financial and political events throughout Israel’s ancient and mode history. In March 17, 2006 an updated charter was unanimously approved by a general meeting of representatives from all of the branches. This updated charter will ensure that the INS will continue to function efficiently in the coming years. At this time a new journal, the Israel Numismatic Research (INR) was founded. The Society's Special Publications have been reactivated in 2015, with the appearance of Vol. XI.
For the full history of the INS click here
The main objectives of the INS are:
- the advancement and of the study of numismatics in Israel
- the encouragement of numismatic training and research on all levels among Israeli institutions and private individuals
- the administration of and coordination between the INS branches, in which lectures and other activities take place
- the holding of scientific conferences and symposia on numismatic subjects
- the cooperation with sister organizations abroad in general, and with the Commission Inteationale de Numismatique (CIN) in particular
- the collaboration with other Israeli academic organizations in tangential fields
- the publication on a regular basis of a scientific joual and related studies on its behalf.
The two INS branches in Tel Aviv and Haifa conduct monthly meetings, which include lectures by professionals and collectors and seminars presented by the members. In addition, the members use the monthly meetings to exchange information and discuss coins on an informal basis.
The society will hold a plenary session once a year, preceded by a country-wide symposium.