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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 53, December 30, 2007, Article 6

HOWARD BERLIN'S NUMISMATIC TRAVELS TO MILAN, VENICE AND MUNICH

Howard Berlin writes: "I was recently in Milan and Venice's
Correr Museum, having had a chance to photograph some of its
coin exhibit, then traveled to Monte Carlo and visited the
Pricipality's Stamp and Coin Museum with an example of
virtually every known coin minted from Monaco.

"I was in Munich for eight days and had a chance to see the
exhibit of the Bavarian State Coin Collection at the Residenz,
and extensive museum complex. Although some web sites have
described this collection as the world's largest, Dr. Dietrich
Klose, the collection's director, was a little more modest
to me -- he instead classified the 300,000 item collection
of coins, medals, banknotes, and dies as one of the world's
largest. Obviously not all the items are on display.  The
permanent display of coins in the highest state of preservation
covers all periods from 2,600 years ago and all regions of
the Europe and Asia Minor on the 2nd level. There is also
a rotating exhibit that changes periodically.

"There is also a numismatic library on the ground level,
holding approximately 26,000 books, which is open to the
public from Monday to Thursday (9am-4pm); Friday (9am-2pm).
Entrance to both the Museum and the library is at 1 Residezstrasse
is via the Kapplenhof (Chapel Yard) gate.

"I will be in London again in January for 5 days (and at
least 3 more times in 2008) and Cardiff for a day trip to
the see the coin collection at the Wales National Museum.
I plan to stop by the Bank of England Museum and say hello
again to John Keyworth and see what's new at the British
Museum. Also, I will make a day trip to Paris via the
Eurostar from St Pancras through the Chunnel for the first
time as I have an appointment with the folks at the Monnaie
de Paris museum.

"All these museum visits with some photos will eventually
appear in my column in WorldWide Coins."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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