Aidan Work of Wellington, New Zealand submitted these thoughts on forming a web site for banknotes. -Editor
I have a proposal for a banknote catalog & gallery website that will benefit the numismatic community.
I propose it being along the lines of Numista, which is a coin catalog website at http://en.numista.com.
There are two possible names I think would be suitable for the project - Notista or Nutista.
Either way,what I am proposing is for the website to be built by the numismatic community for the numismatic community.
It will require the assistance of technologically-minded people to actually build the website itself.
After that, it will require the assistance of the major auction houses, numismatic museums, & the major numismatic societies, such as the International Bank Note
Of course, collectors would be invited to have an input by uploading photos of their banknotes, community currency notes, & postal orders, & contributing their
knowledge as well.
I am sure Owen Linzmayer would love to see his T.B.B. catalog numbers being used, along with other catalog numbers.
Initially,either Notista or Nutista will be in English,but eventually,it would be a great idea to have Notista or Nutista in other languages as
Far too many banknotes remain unlisted in the Standard Catalogs of World Paper Money & in other major catalogs, so I believe very strongly that this needs to be
Taking a collaborative approach to building a catalog & gallery website for banknotes is the way to go.
What do readers think? The Banknote Book and Standard Catalog are commercial efforts. They require a lot of work and the producers need compensation for their
efforts. A crowdsourced effort could do well if there are enough participants but coverage could be spotty - it's hard to be comprehensive and accurate at the same time. But
those are no reason not to attempt a collaborative solution.
Aidan can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org . -Editor
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