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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 29, July 16, 2000, Article 6

THE NUMISMATIC CD 

   Karl writes in the introduction to his list: "...another significant 
   evolutionary event has come to pass.  The numismatic 
   catalogue compact disc has now become a reality.  Heritage 
   released the first American CD for the May 2000 Central 
   States sale.  Several years ago I wrote that there will be a 
   time coming in the near future when no more auction 
   catalogues will be printed.  Now I predict it will take less 
   than 10 years before this form of catalogue CD becomes the 
   accepted norm in the entire marketplace.  Anyone care to 
   make some friendly wagers payable at the 2010 ANA 
   convention?" 

   Establishing a 'first' requires a solid definition as well as 
   a good bit of investigation.  The Heritage CD probably is 
   a first among the major U.S. numismatic auction houses; 
   have any other firms around the world issued one?   Should 
   the definition exclude web-based catalogs?  For example, 
   Dennis Kroh's Empire Numismatics dropped print catalogs 
   in favor of online sales a year or two ago. 

   What about a CD which duplicates web site listings? 
   One firm, Cybercoins, offers a CD of their web site to people 
   who want faster access to pictures and other content than they 
   can get via modems;  Will numismatic CD's become obsolete 
   as fast internet connections become more prevalent? 

   Your editor's guess is that the numismatic CD is an interim step, 
   but one which will continue to have a place as a fixed long-term 
   record of electronic information, which changes and disappears 
   quickly on the web.  Case in point:  Empire Coins ceased 
   operations January 1, 2000;  Dennis now focusses on another 
   business, Empire Arms.   Empire Coins catalogs are still 
   available on the web, but for how long? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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