Yasha Beresiner is a polyglot by force of circumstance: born in Turkey in 1940 from a Russian father and Greek mother, was primarily educated in Israel and Italy and came to England for a public school education (Embley Park in Romsey Hants.) Thus he is fluent in 6 languages. After serving in the parachute regiment in the Israeli Defence Forces (where he married his sergeant Zmira) he completed his degree in the faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and returned to settle in England with his family. He has 2 children and 7 amazing grand children, who are the best and most entertaining of his many and diverse hobbies. Yasha's interests match his achievements: he represented Israel in Judo at the 1967 Student's Olympics in Japan; he is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, an ancient City Livery Company founded in 1628; he is a qualified City Guide and Editor of the Association's quarterly magazine; he has been Editor of several publications of international collector's societies, including the International Banknote Society (IBNS) and the International Map Collectors Society (IMCoS). He is an active and well respected Freemason in England, Israel and Italy. He now runs he is own collector’s company via the internet: www.intercol.co.uk and, as an accredited NADFAS lecturer, spends much of his time lecturing (including after dinner speaking) and writing.