A new website called Ex-Numis offers collectors, dealers and museums
a new option for use in determining provenance, or the ownership
history, of ancient coins.
The tool could prove especially valuable given the current cultural
property climate, as more nations seek to expand protection for
artifacts like coins, which may have traveled widely. Instead of
looking through thousands of auction catalogs attempting to establish
a chain of ownership, you can now send a request to www.ex-numis.com.
Beyond legal considerations, collectors often value provenance
history for coins with pedigrees to famous collections, and the
website allows users seeking such connections to reduce research time significantly.
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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.
While using the service entails a fee, new users may receive 25
credits to try the service for free.
For more information, visit the website.