Howard Berlin writes:
In last week's E-Sylum, Alan Luedeking mentioned the Numismatic Museum of Athens. When I was in Athens several years ago after visiting Istanbul, I was given a guided tour of the museum by the curating staff and was given about half a dozen heavy books that put me over the baggage weight limit but British Airways didn't charge me. I wrote a World Destinations column for the January 2009 issue of Coin World's WorldWide Coins magazine.
With permission, reprinted below are sections of Howard's article and a photo of the museum building. As a bonus Howard provided an image of an inside gallery that was not in the article - this was provided by the Numismatic Museum Athens.
Coin World editor Beth Deisher adds: "Worldwide Coins now is published monthly as the World Coins section of Coin World's Special Edition published the first issue of each month."
By the way, Howard's articles on museums in Athens, Dublin and Cologne won the Numismatic Literary Guild's 2009 award for best column for world commercial numismatic magazines. Congratulations!
An ancient city is full of historically important sites. One must-visit location for collection is the National Museum of Athens with its extraordinary coin collection.
The museum's seed collection began with 359 coins. There are now more than 600,000 coins, lead seals, medallions, precious stones and balance weights from ancient Greece, Rome and Byzantium, plus specimens dating from western Europe's Middle Ages to the present in the collection. About 2,500 coins are exhibited in more than 40 displays in rooms throughout the building's two floors.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE NATIONAL NUMISMATIC MUSEUM OF GREECE
Wayne Homren, Editor
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