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Busy Week Starts with Berlin Arrival
January 25, 2011

If it’s Tuesday, this must be Berlin.

Though the way I feel when I arrive after an overnight trans-Atlantic flight, it might take me a couple of hours and large  amounts of coffee to aid me in getting my mental machinery working well enough to truly appreciate this simple fact.

For the week, the capital of Germany becomes the capital of world numismatics at the World Money Fair at the Estrel Hotel in the old eastern section of the city.

No other public numismatic event boasts a larger attendance by the world’s mints and national banks and firms that supply them with blanks, presses and packaging.

It is a wonder to see them all.

It is also a challenge.

Scott Tappa, Lisa Bellavin, Tom Michael and I have so many meetings that the six days we are here seem almost inadequate to fit them all in.

And we are pikers compared to what the world mint executives put themselves through.

I look forward to giving the Coin of the Year Award to the South African Mint and the People’s Choice Award to the Hungarian Mint, but I am getting ahead of myself. That happens Saturday. There is so much to do between now and then.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of coffee here to help me on my way.


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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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