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We Arrive in Berlin and Hit the Ground Running
February 04, 2009



Hi, and happy Tuesday night from Berlin, Germany! Our adventurous band of four, Scott Tappa, Lisa Bellavin, David Harper and I have arrived safely at the Estrel Hotel where the World Money Fair is gearing up and preparing for public opening later in the week.

Out travels went smoothly, except for some serious and extensive turbulence between Detroit and New York. The flight across the northern Atlantic was a breeze and we all got much more rest that we did during last years flight.

After settling in at the hotel, getting freshened up and reassembling in the lobby, the four of us toured around town on foot and by elevated Metro Train. I dawdled continually and almost lost my travel mates at a few points. Their constant comment was, "Where's Tom?" I think they had had enough of my lagging when we came across Humboldt University and there was an open air book market. I spent too much time looking through the books, as usual, and didn't catch up with them for several blocks.

A few of the sites we visited with numismatic ties include the Soviet War Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, Humboldt University and the Radio Tower. tower. All of these places tie in to personalities, statuary or structures featured on coins.

Let's have some fun. The first person to comment on this posting and correctly name four coins, with country and KM number, which tie directly to those four places wins a one year subscription to NumisMaster, compliments of Big Ideas, little world, NumisMaster and the Standard Catalog of World Coins. The last person to name four correctly, before 8:00 am CST on Wednesday, February 11th gets the consolation prize, a current 3rd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date.

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On February 4, 2009 Benjamin said
What a great contest! i hope that a deserving person wins!

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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