Minutes 03.06.14

There was a motion to skip the reading of the minutes from last month.  It passed.

Old business:  We will go over and update our ByLaws at the April meeting.

New business:  Bryan Jones has a show in Temple on March 8.

Program:  Mike M spoke about online discussion boards, museums and other numismatic sites.

Websites for Collectors by Mike Marotta

Discussion Boards
When you sign up, you have to give some basic information, but you can decide how much to let other people see. You typically take a screen name or username. You also pick some kind of avatar, a little picture that appears next to your posts. Very many people just come and go; there are many other who just read the material but never sign up to participate. Over time, you will find that these small communities bring together collectors who get to know each other. We exchange Christmas presents and other kinds of swaps and contests.

  • Numis Society numissociety.com
    Started by an ANA Young Numismatist, the site quickly got the attention of Frank J. Colletti and others online who helped build the discussion areas. Colletti wrote A Guide Book of The Official Red Book of United States Coins (The Red Book about Red Books). The site hosts many different discussion areas for United States coins from colonials and Early American Coppers to Civil War Tokens and modern issues. In order to post pictures of your coins, etc., you first place them in a gallery of your own and then move them into the post you are writing.
  • Coins Are Fun coinsarefun.com
    Great art work and design and a rich set of articles, the discussions are a bit under-utilized because a key worker passed away. The site owner’s passion is for “Conder Tokens” *(18th century British), but the site supports US coins and banknotes, world coins and banknotes, and so on.
  • Coin People coinpeople.com
    Mostly for foreign, world, and ancients. Originally started by an active reservist who was called up for Gulf War II, the site has been run by one of the users who stepped to fill in.
  • Ancients Info ancients.info
    All ancients, all the time… This is the community for VCoins, a ring of dealers (see below) for ancient, world, and US numismatics. Ancients.info draws many of the recognizable names in this segment of the hobby.
  • Coin Talk cointalk.com
    This is one of the oldest continuing discussion boards. It has very few specific areas and a lot of the discussion just goes into the Chat and Welcome forums. But it is very active with a few dozen writers, maybe a couple hundred inactive readers at any time.
  • Collector’s Universe forums.collectors.com
    This is the community for PCGS and the Collectors Universe family of businesses, currently trading at $19.41 a share on NASDAQ. This is huge with 37,000 registered users, but only a couple dozen actively writing online at any one time.

Museums and other Information

  • Notre Dame University’s Colonial Numismatics coins.nd.edu
    Colonial coins, banknotes, and a special collection of Washington Tokens. Nice images, good write-ups.
  • The Currency Museum of Canada currencymuseum.ca
    Run by the Banque du Canada, it has a surprisingly rich set of US objects, also. The Museum is “closed for renovations but open for business.” Click on the links for “Exhibitions” and for “Currency Collection” to see their images and information. The site also has an active blog (scroll down).
  • The Harry Bass Foundation harrybassfoundation.org
    This Texas oil and gas family foundation has been an important element in US Numismatic history. Harry Bass competed with Louis Eliasberg and the Norwebs to assemble the finest collections of American coins. Each succeeded because they took niches for themselves. The Harry Bass Collection presents the only complete set of $3 Gold including the unique 1870-S. On the foundation homepage, click Links in the upper bar.
  • Ron Guth’s Coin Facts coinfacts.com
    Ron Guth started this on his own over 15 years ago. When he joined PCGS, he brought the property with him. If you are an active dealer or collector who needs current market information about expensive coins, the price of $125 a year is a bargain. If you only need something like an online Red Book with great images and rich information, the site is free – especially if you close the “Free Trial” box before you enter. If you do not pay, the prices you see are about 15 years old, but the coins and their histories are timeless.
  • The Sunflower Foundation of Switzerland sunflower.ch
    Money Story, Money Lab, Money Museum … The text is usually in English; the spoken narratives are sometimes in German. Click the iTunes link. You will find text and image files about the history of money. Scroll down to “Movies” for video presentations. Hidden at the left top are the buttons EN for English and DE for German.
  • Odessa Numismatic Museum museum.com.ua
    Click on the name of the museum in English to view the rich array of text and images about money in Europe from ancient to modern times. The YouTube presentation is pretty, but the narrative is in Ukrainian.
  • Casa de Moneda de México cmm.gob.mx
    Todos in Español. Historia, Identidad… If you click Museo Numismatico you can take a virtual 3-Dimensional tour of eleven halls (salas). Give it a minute to load.

You can find a lot just by entering phrases such as “Numismatic Museum” and “coin discussions.” Just be careful. The biggest danger online is that your machine will become a “zombie” serving another machine. You probably will not be aware that your computer has been taken over. I never go to any website from *.cn (China), *.ru (Russia) or *.ro (Romania). One safety check is to make sure that the address at the top bar matches the address down at the bottom tray.

Door Prizes:  Mike M and Larry

Three legged buffalo award: Elaine

Attendance:  16

Members:  24

The meeting was adjourned.

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