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).”
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.”
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: Revived ANA Money Museum Exhibit Now Online. “The ANA Money Museum’s exhibit, ‘Coins, Crown & Conflict: An Exploration of Cromwell’s England’ – originally displayed in 2007-08 – can now be appreciated virtually. The popular exhibit was based on the history of the English Civil Wars and featured some of the great rarities of English coins (including the Petition Crown), as well as a number of early American coins.” The article outlines several other online exhibits available from the American Numismatic Association’s money museum.
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.”
Rutgers University: Rutgers Digitizes Roman Coin Collection, Making it Accessible to the World. “The Rutgers University Libraries have digitized an invaluable collection of 1,250 coins from the ancient Roman Republic, some dating to the beginning of coinage – and just time for the Ides of March.”
State Archives of Florida on Facebook: “A small selection of currency from the collections of the State Library of Florida was recently digitized and made available on Florida Memory.”. It is really a tiny collection (38 items) but beautiful examples of 19th century paper currency.
The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has relaunched its Web site, and as part of that relaunch is making part of its magazine available as open access, CC-BY. It looks like issues over three years old will be released this way; currently over 40 issues are available on its Web site.
The Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI, University of California, Irvine) is putting its Money Archive online. “The archive features objects that range from the esoteric — books about magic tricks with money, board games, piggy banks from several different countries, classic bank notes and coins to the classically anthropological kissi pennies, kina shell necklaces and cowrie shells. We have art, scrip, old credit card readers, alternative currencies and much more!” Plenty of stuff here, not a lot of annotation on the items I looked at.
A new Web site wants to help track the ownership history of ancient coins. “Jonas Flueck, a young scholar with some experience in the coin auction business, according to the firm, founded Ex-Numis, which uses an image recognition program to compare images fed into the system to almost a million images of ancient coins from auctions dating back to the 19th century. The archive is constantly expanded and continues to 2000.” It is a pay service but a free trial is available.