The Medal Collectors of America (MCA) is sponsoring a talk by Ben Weiss next month. If you'll be in New York for the convention or the Kolbe Stack Family Library sale, mark your calendar.
Notice of Meeting and Presentation: The next meeting of the Medal Collectors of America will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as part of the New York International Numismatic Convention. The MCA meeting will have as its featured speaker Benjamin Weiss who present a talk on Medallic History of Religious and Racial Intolerance. All are invited to attend.
Ben forwarded an image and some text from his talk. We've mentioned this interesting medal before.
DU KORN JUDE (THE CORN JEW)
by Christian Wermuth, Germany, 1694, Silver, 36 mm
The main type of German anti-Semitic medal, called the "Korn Jude" (the Corn or Grain Jew) medal,
appeared at the end of the seventeenth century. The prototype first emerged in 1694 (shown here). In that
year heavy rains and a grasshopper plague swept through Germany. Food prices increased, speculation rose
and the starving people blamed the Jews, shown on the medal as the Corn or Grain Jew dealer. Similar
medals were issued over a period of some eighty years, from 1694 to 1773. They were issued during hard
times, when prices went up and the popular scapegoat was the Jew, depicted as a diabolic speculator.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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