The Past: Iron Age coin database launched online

The Past: Iron Age coin database launched online. “Academic researchers and those involved in finds identification will be pleased to learn that the Celtic Coin Index (CCI) – the world’s largest dataset of Iron Age coins in Britain – is now available as an online resource via the Celtic Coin Index Digital (CCID).”

BBC: The amateur historians chronicling Delhi’s past on Instagram

BBC: The amateur historians chronicling Delhi’s past on Instagram. “Mr [Umair] Shah, now 27, lives in Delhi where he works in digital marketing for fashion brands. But he’s also Sikkawala, or coin collector – that’s his moniker on Instagram where he documents fragments of history. To take to Instagram isn’t to reduce history to a mere snapshot. Mr Shah’s lyrical captions are steeped in facts and read like excerpts from an exciting story – where we learn about dead emperors, malevolent djinns and of rebellions that dissolved empires – in about 300 words.”

Coin Week: Online Resources for Researching Ancient Coins

Coin Week: Online Resources for Researching Ancient Coins. “With thousands of types issued by hundreds of cities, states, and rulers over many centuries, information on ancient coins is scattered across out-of-print books and obscure journal articles in many languages. A common saying among old-school collectors is ‘buy the book before you buy the coin’ – but finding these books often requires diligent, patient search, and buying them may demand deep pockets. Fortunately, during the past two decades, a tremendous range of instantly accessible online resources has emerged to help the collector of ancient coins in their study and research.”

An Oxford Historian: The Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds

New-to-me, from An Oxford Historian: The Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds. “Run by Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, this site provides a database for single coin finds from the years c. 410 to 1180. Far more specifically focused than the PAS, this is the perfect resource for anyone interested in numismatics more specifically. Included in each entry is a photograph of both sides of the coin, along with a lot of background information, and a useful catalogue number for further research.”

The Art Newspaper: Calling all numismatists! Biggest coin database in German-speaking world to go live today

The Art Newspaper: Calling all numismatists! Biggest coin database in German-speaking world to go live today. “A new database with information on approximately 90,000 coins in German and Austrian public collections is due to go live at 6pm central European time today, the fruit of seven years of planning and preparation by 29 institutions. The portal… will offer free access to the biggest coin database in the German-speaking world, comprising parts of the collections of the Münzkabinett in Berlin and its counterpart at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum as well as thousands of coins in smaller museums and university collections.” It’s already launched; this article is from late May. There is an English version of the site available.

CoinWeek: National Endowment for Humanities Funds ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS Project

CoinWeek: National Endowment for Humanities Funds ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS Project. “The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Society a $150,000 USD grant for the two-year joint ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS project. The award comes through the New Directions in Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program that partners the NEH with the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) intended to fund trans-Atlantic co-operative projects.”

USA Today: You can preorder a $100 ‘Trump defeats COVID’ commemorative coin at White House Gift Shop

USA Today: You can preorder a $100 ‘Trump defeats COVID’ commemorative coin at White House Gift Shop. “Coins commemorating President Donald Trump surviving COVID-19 are already available for preorder at an online gift shop. The $100 ‘Trump defeats COVID’ coins are for sale on the website of the White House Gift Shop, which is not affiliated with the White House.”

A penny pinch: How America fell into a great coin shortage (Washington Post)

Washington Post: A penny pinch: How America fell into a great coin shortage. “When the nation’s coin shortage trickled down to Giant Wash Coin Laundry, chief executive Daryl Johnson plastered his stores with signs urging customers to bring in loose quarters and reprogrammed the change machines at his Minneapolis-area chain to take only smaller bills. At one point, Johnson crossed state lines to head to Omaha on a critical mission to acquire $8,000 worth of quarters from another laundromat owner who had coins to spare.”

A ‘strange effect’ of the COVID-19 pandemic: Coin shortage leaving stores, banks begging for loose change (Mass Live)

Mass Live: A ‘strange effect’ of the COVID-19 pandemic: Coin shortage leaving stores, banks begging for loose change. “When the cash registers ran dangerously low of quarters this month, the owners of Fruit Fair supermarket took the drastic step of raiding their gumball machines. They aren’t alone in seeing coin supplies run dry. With many businesses shut down for months and customers concerned about spreading the coronavirus through cash, people are using coins less frequently — leading to a shortage of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in circulation.”

New York Times: Will the Penny Survive Coronavirus? Some Hope Not

New York Times: Will the Penny Survive Coronavirus? Some Hope Not. “A nationwide coin shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic has revived a debate: Is now the time to eliminate the penny? During lockdowns, consumers have stayed home and avoided emptying their piggy banks of coins in exchange for paper money. Shoppers have also opted to rely on credit and debit cards instead of touching cash.”

United States Mint: United States Mint Statement on Circulating Coins

United States Mint: United States Mint Statement on Circulating Coins. “The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in the disruption of the supply channels of circulating coinage – the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters that the American people and businesses use in their day-to-day transactions. The United States Mint is part of the solution to this issue, but we need your help as well.”

United States Mint: United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”

United States Mint: United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”. “The United States Mint (Mint) launched its newest educational game Map Mania. This game teaches U.S. geography, helping students to learn the 50 states, state capitals, and state trivia based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® and 50 State Quarters Programs.” Apparently there are a dozen games for kids on the Mint site.

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the congressionally approved donation of the Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, the 6,125 numismatic items that comprise the collection are being digitally imaged for online access.”

Smithsonian Looking for Crowdsourcing Assistance for Chinese Coin Transcription

The Smithsonian is looking for crowdsourcing assistance in transcribing some Chinese coins. From the project page: “During 2017-2018, the NNC [National Numismatic Collection] digitized more than 8,000 of its East Asian Coins, making them publically accessible and available for research worldwide. The NNC is now working to digitize 6,000 Chinese notes and paper transactional objects that range from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. One of the main challenges to the digitization process is transcription, transliteration and translation of several Asian alphabets. Sometimes this can be done quickly, but often the process is too lengthy for NNC team members to complete while moving the project forward efficiently. In order to continue to share these objects rapidly, we need your help! The 50 coins here are a pilot project that will help our team (and you!) figure out how best to make these objects available and more easily searchable online.”

Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database

Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database. “Collectors of ancient coins will be delighted with the latest addition to Heritage’s… website. Details are now provided at the click of a mouse for nearly every ancient coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and which has appeared in a Heritage sale. This information is displayed along with comparable auction results and a population guide.”