Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following impressive report.
Newman Portal Reaches Five Million Page Milestone
In March 2023, the Newman Numismatic Portal reached the five-million-page threshold. Among auction sales, we host 12,888 catalogs, comprising 1,136,784 pages, or 23% of our collection by page count. The largest contributors are not hard to guess, with Heritage Auctions at 5.1% of our overall total and Stack's Bowers at 2.1%.
A large portion of the NNP collection is formed by periodicals, coming in at 35,419 items (2,329,172 pages), or 46% of the total size. High runners in the periodical group include Coin World (6.6% of our entire collection), The Numismatist (3.7%), Numismatic News (3.1%), and the Numismatic Scrapbook (1.5%).
Among archival holdings, the National Archives U.S. Mint series comprises 9.1% of our entire page count, while the Eric P. Newman research papers come in at 1.7%.
Our video collection, 3,854 items total, includes the David Lisot Video Library, which serves as an irreplaceable record of the hobby for the period covered and numbers 2,722 videos.
One of our contributors this week wondered how often their material was consulted on NNP. One might think of NNP as an online library containing thousands of works, which are frequently an inch wide and a mile deep in terms of research scope. By aggregating the inches together, we build a bridge that spans an ever-growing field.
In 1996, Bowers & Merena sold the Eliasberg 1913 nickel, the first U.S. coin to reach the million-dollar level, eventually hammering at $1.485 million. As the bidding reached the million-dollar mark, Dave Bowers briefly stopped to note the significance of the moment, and to add
We're not stopping there! We're not stopping either, with current scanning projects including American Numismatic Society correspondence through the 1930s, U.S. Mint Director correspondence covering 1866-1900, and a series of comic books issued by the Federal Reserve Bank in the 1980s that presented topics in money and banking.
Link to The Story of Money:
To search NNP, see:
It's been a long time coming, and the Newman Portal has reached an incredible milestone. Yet it also seems like only yesterday we were just getting started with this amazing project (it's been seven years now since opening day). Below are links to articles announcing NNP in 2015 and 2016, and a couple of the promotional ads that ran here in The E-Sylum.
And like Len said, we're just gettin' warmed up!
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NEWMAN NUMISMATIC PORTAL LAUNCHES IN 2015
NEWMAN NUMISMATIC PORTAL ANNOUNCES OPENING
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