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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 30, July 26, 2009, Article 8

ANCIENT COIN AUCTION INDEX WEB SITES

Last week we discussed CoinArchive Pro, the new for-fee service from the CoinArchive.com site, which recently restricted some previously free features. -Editor


Jim Duncan writes:
Have you the ability to mount a campaign of plea with CoinArchive? Point out that no-one will afford that kind of money.


Jonathan Brecher writes:
Regarding the CoinArchives.com changes, I wonder what would happen if someone were to point out to the auction houses being archived at this site that the site's administrator is now using their copyrighted text and images as a money-making venture?

If enough auction houses insisted that he provide the information for free or not at all, that might put a little bit of pressure where it would do some good...

I've used the site in the past, but it isn't worth $6 to me for a year's worth of access, much less $600/year. I wouldn't mind seeing access restored. I can certainly live without it, though.


On the other side of the fence, one of our coin dealer friends writes:
From a competitive standpoint I think this is a good move for dealers, don't you? We don't mind paying the fee and it will limit use by others do.


Well, in time the market will set the price. If the site owners don't sell many subscriptions, the price may come down. Or someone else may come along and undercut the price.
Speaking of competition, on Sunday Ed Snible published this item on his blog, A Gift For Polydektes.

Simon Wieland, Lars Rutten and Markus Beyeler launched acsearch.info today. It includes 300,000 ancient coin auction and sale records with photos.

The announcement says that the site had planned to launch later in the year, but "hurried a bit" to launch this week.

I wish them the best of luck! The site is visually pleasing. Unlike CoinArchives, if there are more than 1000 results it is possible to view them all. Unfortunately, acsearch.info only shows 20 coins per page meaning a lot of clicking and scrolling when dealing with large query responses.

Lars and Simon's previous site was romanatic.com. It will be interesting to see if they have any kind of cross-linking planned for the two sites. Currently Romanatic lets users search WildWinds and CoinArchives, and I'd expect an acsearch.info link can't be far away. It will be more interesting to see if they can come up with a way to automatically generate links from acsearch.info results to scholarly information on Romanatic.


To read the original blog post, see: acsearch.info (digitalhn.blogspot.com/2009/07/acsearchinfo.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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