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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 18, April 27, 2014, Article 10

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SMITHSONIAN NUMISMATIC DIGITIZATION

A related April 14, 2014 Coin World article by Paul Gilkes seeks volunteers to help digitize items in the National Numismatic Collection. This work is vital for numismatic research and E-Sylum readers are encouraged to assist. Certified proofs for paper currency is the current focus. Your valuable expertise is needed! -Editor

Certified-Proof of banknotes for the First National Bank of Crows Landing, CA The Smithsonian Institution is seeking volunteers at its transcription center to create digital images for online illustration of items in its museums, which includes the National Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of American History.

The current focus involving the National Numismatic Collection is to digitize the thousands of certified proofs for paper currency.

According to https://transcription.si.edu, "Since 1863, certified proofs allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production."

Each certified proof is being cataloged and digitized, with appropriate descriptive information added to each image that will be posted online.

Visit the main Smithsonian Transcription Center webpage at https://transcription.si.edu to learn about the efforts being conducted in the Smithsonian family of museums. From the main page, access the drop-down window under the title "Browse Subjects" and click on the link to National Museum of American History.

The section on certified proofs is located at https://transcription.si.edu/project/6691.

To read the complete article, see: Smithsonian Institution seeks volunteers to help digitize items in the National Numismatic Collection (www.coinworld.com/news/smithsonian-seeks-volunteers-to-digitize-national-numismatic-col.html)

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