The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is Coin World. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. -Editor
Coin World Available on Newman Portal for Search-Only Access
The weekly messenger of the numismatic trade since 1960, Coin World represents a substantial store of numismatic information that is often lost to today’s researchers,
who have no way of searching or accessing old issues. Complete runs of the periodical are few and far between, as the space required to store over 3,000 issues is considerable.
Over the last year, Newman Portal has been scanning Coin World at various locations, and now announces the completion of the project.
Although not available for full view, this content can be searched by Newman Portal users. To search Coin World on Newman Portal, use the advanced search page and enter
“periodical” as the content type and “Coin World” as the title. An NNP user this week located an extensive article on a numismatic theft from the Historical Society of
Pennsylvania in the early 1970s, which was discoverable in no other way. Members of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) may acquire copies of specific articles through ANS
librarian David Hill.
Coin World shipment and delivery to the
Internet Archive scanning center in Princeton, NJ.
Newman Portal acknowledges the ANS, which shared in the cost of digitization, and Beth Deisher and Ute Wartenberg Kagan for their support. Rick Amos at Amos Media provided the
Coin World reference set from 1960-2005, while David Sundman of Littleton Coin Company loaned his run of Coin World from 2006-2017.
Link to advanced search page on Newman Portal:
As a bibliomaniac I once had my own lengthy run of Coin World issues, yet it was impossible to use for reference without an index. I eventually sold it to Coin
World for the cost of shipping - they used it to fill in a 2nd set that had been damaged in warehouse storage. My dream was always to see Coin World digitized one day.
Former Coin World editor Beth Deisher and I had multiple long conversations about this including at the 2015 American Numismatic Association convention when I participated
in a Numismatic Literary Guild Symposium panel discussion on "The Internet's Impact on Numismatic Journalism".
Many thanks to Beth, Amos Media, the ANS, fellow bibliomaniac David Sundman, and of course the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for making this a reality. The Newman
Portal software now makes these 300,000+ pages of text searchable and findable. Many great gems of numismatic information and writing await researchers of today and tomorrow.
ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan adds:
"I am so very grateful to Beth Deisher and the EPNNES for their extraordinary support, without which this rather elaborate project of scanning Coin World would have
not been possible. I am not always sure that the numismatic community appreciates the cost, logistical issues and all sorts of other small problems that Len and his team encounter
when they get publications up and running on the Newman Numismatic Portal. Adding Coin World was a Herculean labor, and I am so glad it got done after years of discussing
it. Thank you everyone involved!"
Wayne Homren, Editor
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