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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 30, July 23, 2000, Article 5

NUMISMATIC CATALOG CDS 

   David Cassel writes: "In answer to your question concerning the 
   CDs:  I received the first of two CDs from UBS, the Basel auction 
   firm, in December 1999.  "Gold and Silver Coins Auction 48, 25 - 
   27, January 2000" was featured on their first CD.  A very fine 
   paper catalog also accompanied the CD.  Several weeks later the 
   same firm came out with a fixed price list on CD with also an 
   accompanying paper catalog.  The quality of the CDs are excellent." 

   Andy Lustig notes: "I'm probably the 82nd person to point this out, 
   but UBS (formerly Swiss Bank) started issuing catalogs on CD 
   about two years ago."   Well, just the second.   But it looks like 
   Heritage's CD is not the first numismatic catalog CD after all. 
   Can anyone pinpoint the date of the first UBS CD, or tell us 
   about an earlier CD? 

   Karl Moulton writes: "Perhaps some clarification is due in regards 
   to the heading of "The very first auction catalogue CD" that is 
   found on the cover of my July 2000 list.  Since the list has to do 
   with American numismatic literature, it can stand as being a 
   correct title.  However, in a technical sense, no, the Heritage 
   CSNS  2000 sale was not the very first auction CD ever issued. 

   While I'm no expert in worldwide numismatic literature, I can cite 
   two different examples that were issued earlier than the Heritage 
   CD.  The first, (there's that word again) was for the UBS auction 
   David Cassel mentioned.  The second is for the February 29, 2000 
   Munauktion Tkalec AG sale (thanks to Dan Demeo).  There may 
   be others, but if any were actually released prior to 2000, I'm not 
   aware of them. 

   I am definitely NOT trying to hype the catalogue CD.  My primary 
   desire is to make people aware of its significance and the changes 
   it will bring.  Since the auction CD enjoys worldwide usage, we, as 
   dedicated bibliophiles need to grapple with the new concept of 
   "electronic literature".  Only through discussions can we eventually 
   agree on proper terminology, classification, and so forth. 

   The CD is here and being used now.  Even if the technology 
   changes in the future and the CD becomes obsolete,  (I don't think 
   it will become as useless as an 8 track tape), that's fine.  It will 
   make them even more collectible, as it is extremely doubtful they 
   would ever be "reprinted" in a newer format by the original issuers. 

   The auction houses will push for quick acceptance due to the cost 
   factor being only a small percentage when compared to the 
   extravagant printed catalogues that have been produced lately. 
   It all boils down to a case of  simple economics - that being more 
   profit!" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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