numismatic researchers and generally anybody else can now access the
Numismatic Portal to search digitized reference resources.
NNP is funded by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society and
administered through Washington University in St. Louis. The focus of
the portal is to provide the most comprehensive numismatic research
tool available online.
of millions of dollars for philanthropic endeavors have been raised
through a series of auctions over the past two years that offered
select numismatic items from Newman's more than nine decades as a numismatist.
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have long wanted to make the literature and images of numismatics,
particularly American numismatics, available to everyone on a free and
forever basis,” said the 104-year-old Newman, president of EPNNES.
“Today’s digital technologies, combined with the funds recently
assembled from auctions of some of our foundation’s holdings, now make
The long term goal of NNP, as the number
of resources available continues to grow, is to increase collector
collaboration and foster knowledge sharing through crowdsourcing and
The National Numismatic Collection at the
Smithsonian Institution has recently demonstrated the promise of
crowdsourcing in cataloging thousands of national bank currency
proofs, according to NNP representatives.
The Newman Portal has announced its
first such project, creating a transcription of Franklin Peale’s
Report (1835), a fundamental
document related to 19th century American coining technology.
"With today’s electronic resources, the power of the community
can accomplish tasks beyond individuals or small teams, and the Newman
Portal will enable this within the numismatic research space,"
according to NNP officials.
Newman Portal project launched scanning operations at Washington
University Libraries in July 2015 and at the American
Numismatic Society in November 2015. Both locations are equipped
with scanning equipment supplied in partnership with Internet Archive,
as well as personnel to perform scanning on a full-time basis.
than 3,000 documents, representing more than 100,000 pages, have been
completed to date. The documents represent a mix of auction catalogs,
periodicals, reference books, and archival material. Most of this
material is unique to the Newman Portal and has not been previously scanned.
the titles currently available to researchers are:
A Manual of Gold and Silver Coins of all Nations by Jacob
Illustrated History of the United States Mint by George
Dates of United States Coins and their Degree of Rarity by
Joseph Jacob Mickley
Guide to the numismatic collection of the Mint of the United
States at Philadelphia, Pa by Thomas Louis Comparette
Rare American coins: their description, and past and present
fictitious values by E. Locke Mason
addition to the libraries of Eric P. Newman and the American
Numismatic Society, a number of contributors including private
collectors Dan Hamelberg, Bill Burd, and Joel Orosz have loaned
material to the Newman Portal for scanning. The Newman Portal has
further partnered with over a dozen specialty and regional
organizations to provide access to back issues of club journals. A
full list of available publications may be found in the periodical section of the Newman Portal.
Portal further includes reference content structured for optimal usage
within the context of online access. Resources such as Pete
Smith's American Numismatic Biographies and Albert Frey’s
dictionary from the American Journal of Numismatics have been
broken down into separate entries and appear individually in search results.
U.S. coin encyclopedia comprises more than 2 million auction prices realized. A Lucene-based search
engine allows users to search across all content, from the scans
hosted by Internet Archive to the reference material
within the site itself.