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No Longer Berlin, But Not Yet Iola
February 05, 2008

Well, here I am waking up in a hotel in Schiller Park, 15 minutes drive from Chicago's O'Hare International airport. Not exactly where I wanted to be this morning, but that is the reality of mid-western travel in the winter months. Our flight to Appleton scheduled for yesterday afternoon was canceled due to fog, snow and rain, so my traveling partners and I were forced to add one more day onto our trip and wait one more day for the comfort of our own beds and the loving hugs of our families.

Friend and fellow blogger Dave Harper has been stranded in Chicago at O'Hare three times in the past two months, but we are hopeful that our rescheduled flight set for 10 a.m. this morning will leave on time without incident. This would be a magnificent stroke of luck for us, as snow is predicted for the Iola area over the next tree days totaling about 10 inches, which might hold the potential for delaying us even more, if we do not get to fly out today.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my postings from the World Money Fair in Berlin as much as I have enjoyed living them. Over the next few weeks, please stop back at Big Ideas, little world and enjoy further observations about the show, travel, comparisons to the U.S. and more detailed commentary on the strengths and weakness of the current coin market.

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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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