Rafi Nachum was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1933.

In 1948 he emigrated with a group of Jewish children who all came to join the new state of Israel. In his suitcase he carried his most treasured possession an album of his stamp collection.

He was transferred to an agricultural school in Hadera, joined a kibbutz, and from there at the age of 18 joined the army. His brother, sisters and parents joined him later in Israel.

Upon his release from the army he finished his matriculation examination, and went on to study structural engineering which he concluded in London.

All the while his stamp collection grew. He became the greatest collector of the Ottoman Empire stamps in Israel. Gradually he transferred his interest to collecting paper money of the Ottoman Empire and later all paper money used in the state of Israel, and founded with friends the Israeli Banknote collector's Society.

Currently, he is still working in his own firm of engineering, and as the chairman of the Philatelic society.

He is married, with 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

 

From The Papers