The following news release was issued by the American Numismatic Society:
The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce, in
collaboration with Dr. Jere Bacharach, Department of History at the
University of Washington, and Dr. Sherif Anwar, College of
Archaeology, Cairo University, the digital publication of the
non-hoard numismatic collection of the Egyptian National Library (http://enl.numismatics.org).
The catalogue consists of more than 6,500 objects, ranging from late
Roman glassware and pre-Islamic Sasanian coinage to the modern
Egyptian coinage of Anwar Sadat. The collection is particularly strong
in Medieval Islamic coinage across all major dynasties. The catalogue
differs from its predecessors in a number of ways. The collection has
been photographed in color, with inscriptions read and transcribed
from these images. The database includes references to the 1982
catalogue of the collection undertaken by Dr. Norman D. Nicol.
The interface is available in both English and Arabic, owing to
translations provided by Dr. Sherif Anwar. The multilingual interface
is driven by numismatic concepts defined by Nomisma.org. Over the
course of this project, more than 700 Islamic entities—people,
dynasties, corporate entities, mints, etc.—were created in Nomisma,
with labels in English, Arabic, and other languages, forming the
technical foundation for the aggregation of other Islamic numismatic
collections. Geographic coordinates have been included for the
majority of Islamic mints, permitting the mapping of the Egyptian
National Library collection.
According to Ethan Gruber, the ANS Director of Data Science,
"the effort undertaken in defining Islamic entities in a Linked
Open Data environment will make it possible to improve the Islamic
department in the ANS database, and may make Islamic type corpora
similar to Online Coins of the Roman Empire (http://numismatics.org/ocre/) possible in the
future." Like other ANS digital projects, the data are freely
available with an Open Database License, and are published in the
The ANS acknowledges the contributions of the individuals who are
named at http://enl.numismatics.org/pages/acknowledgments.
For further information contact Joanne
Isaac at 212-571-4470 ext. 112.
The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated
in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly
supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on
November 1, 1970.
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