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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 33, August 12, 2001, Article 13

FIRST CD-ROM CATALOG 

   Stephen Pradier writes: "Larry Mitchell and I have been 
   discussing a topic that apparently was brought up sometime 
   ago by other E-Syoum subscribers regarding the first 
   CD-ROM auction catalogue. 

   Heritage Numismatics (HNAI) issued a Catalog Disk, May 
   4, 2000 for Central States Numismatic Society.  This is said 
   to be the very first American numismatic auction catalogue 
   released on CD-ROM. 

   The first catalogue, ever, with CD-ROM was issued by 
   Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS AG WARBURG) 
   Numismatic Section for Auction 46, Gold & Silver Coins 
   for their January 26-28 1999 Auction. 

   It came in a CD jewel case with a cover. The later ones are 
   packaged in just a paper and cellophane CD envelope. 

   I also ran my findings by Karl Moulton of Numiscats, Benoit 
   Shoeni of UBS and Dustin Johnson of Heritage Numismatics 
   (HNAI) and the consensus is that UBS was the first. 
   I did call the ANA library as an additional source but all of 
   the librarians were away at the Atlanta convention. 

   Speaking of catalogues the latest UBS catalogue is stunning, 
   #50.   The catalogue is hardbound with pictorial boards with 
   images in full high resolution color.   The left-hand side page 
   describes the coin on the facing left-hand page in detail in both 
   German and English.  The right hand side page is a page and 
   a half wide folded over to the middle right. 

   The top of the folded page has a sharp high resolution color 
   photo of the obverse of the coin up for auction.  Unfolded the 
   page reveals three to four close up images of the detail of both 
   the obverse and reverse of the coin.   The close up photos are 
   very sharp and clear. To the left of the folded page is printed 
   the estimated price in both Swiss Francs and US dollars. Also 
   a line is provided to write in the hammer price and an area for 
   notes. It comes with a CD-ROM in a jewel box. The PRL is 
   printed in the form of a pamphlet which has itís own cover. 

   This is one of the most well designed auction catalogues I have 
   ever seen. As far as I know there are still some available for 
   purchase and you can contact, Mr. Benoit Schoeni at 
   benoit.schoeni@ubs.com or visit their web site at 
   http://www.ubs.com/e/pb/solutions/fp_wm/numismatics.html" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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