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We Arrive in Berlin and Hit the Ground Running

Getting Acquainted with the City


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 HumboldtUniversity 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, HumboldtUniversity and the RadioTower. 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.