Dane Kurth writes:
I have just uploaded another book to archive.org. When I took over the Wildwinds web site after Dave Surber's death, I downloaded well over 1.5 million files from the old server in order to save as much as I could before it was all destroyed by that hacker and/or the server switched off.
I still haven't looked at them all but last night I found a book which Dave had prepared, called "The History and Coinage of Dacia".
It is mainly based on the Moushmov list, but I added the images (there were only links to them, as it was in html format), added some more images from friends and shops from whom I have permission to use their images, and transferred it to pdf format.
It is now online at archive.org but I put a "non-commercial use" copyright on it, according to Dave's philosophy which was "if you can put it at people's disposal for free, then do so".
I had to use my name as co-author to comply with copyright rules.
Anyway, in case anyone wants it, it is only 12 pages but quite interesting and can be downloaded as a free pdf file.
From the book's foreword and dedication:
Dave Surber was the founder of the popular coin identification website, wildwinds.com. For
12 years he ran the website in his spare time, scouring the internet for new coins to add and
paying for 99% of the upkeep and very high server costs from his own pocket. In time, several
people, including myself, began to submit batches of coins for addition to the html database,
soon making it the largest online collection of ancient coin images and information on the
Dave tragically died in February 2009. Soon afterwards the website was almost entirely
destroyed by a malicious hacker. I became the proud new administrator of the website in early
May 2009 and thanks to Marie Surber, who gave us access to every single wildwinds file on
Dave's PC, by late May the website was completely restored and running on a new server. Since
then many hundreds of new coins have been added to all the sections and coins are being
submitted all the time.
Whilst sorting out some of the old files I came across this file and its images in html
format. It appears to have been written in 2007 but was never published in any form. I have
transferred the information to a pdf and hereby make it openly and freely available to the
numismatic community. This work is dedicated to my dear friend, Dave's widow, Marie.
The numismatic hobby is greatly indebted to Dave and Dane for their work on Wildwinds.com - it's a marvelous resource. The Dacia book is equally valuable for specialists in that series. Nicely done!
To read the complete article, see:
History and Coinage of Dacia
Wayne Homren, Editor
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