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Notable News (March 19-25, 2024)

Published March 25, 2024 | 1 min read

By Darcie Graybill

This week’s headlines include 2024 Shekel Prize winners, Wisconsin sales-tax exemption on precious-metal bullion, and World War II Ghost Army bronze medals.

The American Israel Numismatic Association has awarded the 2024 Shekel Prize to the coauthors of The Yehud Coinage: Jean-Philippe Fontanille, with commentary by Dr. Haim Gitler and Catharine Lorber.

Photo: Mel Wacks

The Wisconsin legislature has passed a sales- and use-tax exemption on precious-metal bullion sales. The law went into effect on March 22 and includes coins, bars, rounds, and sheets containing at least 35-percent precious metal.

Photo: Getty Images/MariuszSzczygiel

The U.S. Mint has added 25 outside artists to its Artistic Infusion Program (AIP), bringing the number of AIP designers to 38. AIP artists submit proposals and craft designs for U.S. coins and medals.

Photo: U.S. Mint

The Chicago Coin Club visited the S&S Library at the offices of Shanna Schmidt Numismatics. Schmidt gave a presentation about the library, and club members explored the stacks of historic books and catalogs.

Photo: Chicago Coin Club

Bronze replicas of the U.S. Mint’s Congressional Gold Medal presented to the Ghost Army of World War II, which deceived the German army in Europe, are now available in 1.5- and 3-inch sizes for $20 and $160, respectively.

Photo: U.S. Mint