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Inventory of Coin Finds

Inventory of Coin Finds

A Shared Effort for a Common Need

The remarkable amount of data, usually dispersed in several books and local journals, negatively impacts the study of coin finds.

The web portal provides a free access area where anyone, after subscribing, can enter new data, correct or integrate records already stored. The idea is to provide minimal information about coin finds and related bibliography based on a collaborative approach, without any pretension of completeness or homogeneity.

The portal consists of areas dedicated to recording data related to any coin find and a list of publications presenting the coin finds with a short abstract. It includes search pages, areas for draft records, and specific sections for the general administration of data (available to approvers and administrators only).

Each section proposes a list of currently submitted records, and basic filtering and sorting are allowed by acting on the drop-down lists and table headers. The details for each record are available by clicking on the corresponding row. Each find or paper is stored in an autonomous, fully informative record with a fixed record ID.

Editing or approval can be done by clicking on the buttons displayed at the top of the page.

Data can be entered in any language, and the portal is based on “text-only” management of information, using markups to implement simple modifications of the font style.

The portal’s extreme flexibility and capacity easily allow a massive exchange of data with other archives or DBMSs via Microsoft Excel/Access/SharePoint, XML/RDF, or CSV files. The complete dataset stored in the portal is available in periodical PDF reports that can be redistributed under license CC BY 4.0.

The portal currently stores data related to 11,000+ coin finds and 6,200+ bibliographic records, mainly related to Italy and Italian coins. The archive is accessible online through this website.


Introduction to the project and Guidelines for data entry

A collaborative inventory of coin finds: introduction and guidelines (view presentation)


Congress presentations and posters

The 6th Joint Meeting of and ECFN 2017, Copenhagen, May 4th-6th 2017. Paper titled A web portal for the inventory of coin finds (view presentation)

XV International Numismatic Congress, Taormina, September 21st-25th 2015. Poster A collaborative inventory of coin finds (view poster | read paper)