Auction firms, others expand the world of online research: The Investment Column

Online resources enhance coin collecting
By , Coin World
Published : 03/18/16
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Online resources to assist collectors to buy coins and learn more about coins in their collections keep getting better. From the American Numismatic Association’s recent digitization of more than a century of its publication The Numismatist, to the Newman Numismatic Portal’s scanning of more than 100,000 pages from more than 3,000 coin-related publications, more information is available to researchers than ever before.

The largest coin firms continue to break new ground, from Professional Coin Grading Service making its PCGS CoinFacts website free to the almost continuous enhancements to Numismatic Guaranty Corp.’s website as it expands to help collectors around the world.

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries announced on March 8 that it would launch an entirely new, integrated technology platform including an enhanced website along with mobile and tablet apps. As Stack’s Bowers President Brian Kendrella explained, “The new platform is completely integrated, meaning that your interaction and experience will be the same regardless of if you are accessing our auctions from your home computer or mobile device.” He added that the site will soon include an expanded want-list feature, grading service population reports, and price guides.

Perhaps most exciting to collectors is the improved sales results at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website that currently include more than 200,000 past prices and will expand to include past Bowers and Merena, Stack’s, American Numismatic Rarities and Teletrade records. This and the Heritage Auctions archive of nearly 2 million rare coin sales and nearly half a million paper money auctions, are powerful resources that will continue to redefine provenance research for decades to come.

It’s truly an exciting time for collectors. In researching this month’s cover story on the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle, I looked to the archived issues of The Numismatist from the 1940s to today, and the ads seeking examples and offering them for sale, little mentions buried in coin club meeting recaps, to broad features by hobby greats like Robert Julian, David T. Alexander and Q. David Bowers all helped me find new perspectives to share this fascinating story.

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