Author Howard Berlin has gone to great lengths — and great distances
— in writing his latest book.
The book has taken at least five years’ time and taken Berlin more
than a quarter-of-a-million miles to complete. And he never
experienced lost luggage, he said.
The book, The Numismatourist: The Only Worldwide Travel Guide to
Museums, Mints, and Other Places of Interest for the
Numismatist, was recently published by Zyrus Press.
‘World Destinations’ column
The book was born from Berlin’s “World Destinations” column that
appeared in WorldWide Coins, published by Amos Press from 2007
The column was recognized with two awards from the Numismatic
Literary Guild in the “Best Column” category.
Dubbed “the numismatourist” by E-Sylum editor Wayne Homren,
Berlin highlights more than 150 museums, mints, and central banks on
five continents. Many of these institutions are described in depth,
The book is intended to be a worldwide travel guide for coin and
paper money collectors and enthusiasts.
It catalogs numismatic collections and exhibits in museums, banks,
mints, and libraries around the world that are open to the public.
Though the 410-page, softbound book is extensive, Berlin
acknowledges that some 75 places are listed but not in great detail
for various reasons.
In some cases, officials would not cooperate as he was making
arrangements and seeking research assistance, while for other
locations, the facility was closed at the time he was near it, or he
learned of it too late before publication.
‘This particular niche’
“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,” Berlin said.
Berlin, a retired college educator, has authored more than 30 books,
including the 2001 book, The Coins and Banknotes of Palestine Under
the British Mandate, 1927-1947.
The Numismatourist is published for $29.95, and may be ordered
directly from Transline Supply toll free via telephone at 800-575-4008
or via the company’s website.