Howard Berlin's book on worldwide museums, mints and other places of interest for the numismatist is now available for purchase.
Published by Zyrus Press, the book chronicles his visits to numismatic points of interest the world over. Here's some information from the publisher and author himself.
The Only Worldwide travel Guide to
Museums, Mints, and Other Places of Interest for the Numismatist
The Ultimate Coin Collector's Travel Guide
Covers coin collections on display
in over 175 museums spanning
75 different countries.
Includes important locations,
times and must-see exhibits for
the traveler and collector.
Spans across North, Central, and
South America, the Caribbean,
Europe, Asia, the Middle East,
Africa, and Oceania-Pacific.
Rich with photography, maps,
and historical context.
No collector should travel without
Published by Zyrus Press. Written
by Dr. Howard M. Berlin. 413
pages. 300+ photos. Full color.
Howard Berlin writes:
At long last, my book: The Numismatourist: The Only Worldwide Travel Guide to Museums, Mints, and Other Places of Interest for the Numismatist, has now been released. I will be signing copies of the book at the Chicago ANA at the Wizard Coin Supply booth at various times throughout the show.
The book spans 410 pages with index and covers more than 150 museums, mints, and central banks on five continents. Almost 100 of these institutions are described in depth with pictures.
The book is dedicated to the late Dr. Richard G. Doty, the well-known Senior numismatic curator, National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. The foreword is written by Karen M. Lee, curator at the Smithsonian Institution. Comments on the book’s back cover are provided by Wayne Homren, editor of The E-Sylum of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, and Dr. Ursula Kampmann, editor of CoinsWeekly (MünzenWoche) and the MintWorld Compendium.
Congratulations! What an amazing achievement! Howard has literally gone to the ends of the earth to research and write his book. Below is an excerpt from the author's Preface.
This book was born from my “World Destinations” column that
appeared in WorldWide Coins about my travels to places that feature
various fascinating exhibits about coins and currency. The column
had won the Numismatic Literary Guild’s “Best Column” award for
world commercial numismatic magazines for two consecutive years.
To my knowledge, this is first book of its kind and combines three
of my favorite pastimes: numismatics, travel, and writing.
This is intended to be a worldwide travel guide for the numismatist,
those whose hobby or profession is about coins and paper
money. Inside you will find its contents to be a reference catalog of
numismatic collections of exhibits in museums, banks, mints, and
libraries around the world that are open to the general public. It is
for the numismatist who is traveling, either on vacation or business,
and wishes to visit places of interest.
Following my retirement as a college educator, I have had both
the time and good fortune to travel. I have visited more than 50
countries, averaging about 75,000 miles annually—as the extra-page
inserts and immigration stamps in my passport will verify. Some of
these destinations, which had numismatic institutions of one kind or
another, were first chronicled in my semi-monthly column. Prior to
the column’s debut, Wayne Homren, the editor of the Numismatic
Bibliomania Society’s electronic newsletter, The E-Sylum, dubbed
me, the “Numismatourist.” I’m quite sure that there are many other
travel writers that log more miles than I do, but I’m probably one
of a very few with this peculiar niche—writing solely about visiting
numismatic exhibits in museums, central banks, and mints.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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