The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the newest entrant into the Nomisma.org Linked Open Data cloud, providing data for more than 1,600 Roman Republican and Imperial coins to Coinage of the Roman Republic Online and Online Coins of the Roman Empire. The MFA’s collection is particularly strong with respect to late Roman gold pieces, many of which represent the sole specimen available for that typology in OCRE.
Of these coins, roughly 1,400 are Imperial and a little over 200 are from the Republican period. The MFA’s terms of service are linked from the datasets page in Nomisma.org itself and the contributors’ pages in OCRE and CRRO.
Data for these coins were provided by Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art, and processed through OpenRefine to reconcile against the APIs available in both projects. The resulting CSV was transformed into RDF by a script I wrote and uploaded here and ingested into Nomisma’s SPARQL endpoint.
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The collection of over 12,000 Byzantine coins at Dumbarton Oaks is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The majority of these specimens were catalogued in six print volumes:
- Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited by Alfred Bellinger (vol. 1)
- Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited Philip Grierson (vols. 2–3, 5)
- Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited by Michael Hendy (vol. 4)
- Catalogue of Late Roman Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited by Philip Grierson and Melinda Mays.
With ongoing acquisitions of objects, many of the coins that have entered the collection after the release of the print catalogues have remained unpublished. This online catalogue first presents these more recent specimens, and eventually will provide online access to the full collection.
Online Catalogue of Byzantine Coins
In addition to Byzantine coins, these acquisitions include specimens issued by Byzantium’s neighbours, including Arab-Byzantine and Persian imitations, Ostrogothic and Vandal coins, and others.
More than 660 Ptolemaic coins from the Bibliothèque nationale de France have been added into the Nomisma.org numismatic Linked Open Data cloud and are accessible through Ptolemaic Coins Online and the broader Hellenistic Royal Coinages umbrella site.
There are now about 2,400 Ptolemaic coins in PCO (which includes at this phase the gold and silver coinage of Ptolemy I – IV, ca. 330-200 B.C.), and roughly 75% of these are from the BnF and American Numismatic Society. Therefore, high resolution, public domain images are available for reuse for these objects through IIIF web services. In total, 572 of 984 total Ptolemaic types are linked to at least one photographed specimen–almost 60% of the corpus in total.
SOURCE: Numishare Blogspot
The British Numismatic Journal (BNJ) is the Society’s principal publication, and is the foremost jounrnal for the matters relating to British Numismatics. It contains a number of scholarly articles as well as notes, obituaries, reviews and transactions. The journal is produced annually in hard-back form, and a copy is sent free to all members of the Society.
Back issues of the British Numismatic Journal are available online.
The volumes are arranged chronologically. If you are looking for a specific subject then you may find the Index of BNJ contents 1903-2010 helpful.
Seleucid Coins Online (SCO) has received a major new a set of data for around 6,500 coins in the Bibliothèque nationale de France collection. The information is connected to URIs defined in PELLA and SCO. This latest data set includes 4,450 coins from the Seleucid Empire. This nearly doubles the number of specimens available in SCO. The American Numismatic Society has contributed data on about 4,800 coins. All of the coins from the BnF are photographed and high resolution imagery is available through the IIIF protocol. In total there are now nearly 9,700 physical coins linked to about 2,500 parent types in the online database.
The original Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH), edited by Margaret Thompson of the ANS, Otto Mørkholm of the Danish cabinet in Copenhagen and Coin Kraay of the Heberden Coin Room in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, was published in 1973 by the ANS for the International Numismatic Commission. The work contains inventory listings of 2387 hoards, covering the whole of the ancient Greek numismatic world.
Online IGCH was devised by Sebastian Heath and Andrew Meadows as an attempt to create an open and accessible version of IGCH on the world Wide Web using the principles of Linked Open Data. The test version was housed within the Nomisma.org namespace before its migration to its own domain in February 2015.
Work on the original project was enabled by funding from the American Numismatic Society, Stanford University, and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. Data was contributed by the Nomisma project based at Paris IV Sorbonne. Subsequent work to create the new site has been supported by the International Numismatic Council, under whose auspices the project has now been incorporated. Technical realisation of the new IGCH site is by Ethan Gruber.
The current site is a prototype, and will undergo enhancement through the course of 2015. It is the long-term aim of the project to incorporate all published Greek coin hoards as part of the broader Online Greek Coinage initiative.
In 2004 the ANS established a centralized archive when it was preparing to move to its location in Lower Manhattan. The mission of the Archives is to serve as a centralized resource for historical information about the Society. The ANS Archives fulfills this mission by:
- collecting, preserving, and making accessible the historical records of the Society;
- using these records to promote to key audiences the Society’s heritage of success; and
- supporting the Society’s staff in their roles as scholars and administrators.
The records housed in the ANS Archives document the history and development of the Society, its collections, exhibitions, and programs, as well as the contributions of individuals and groups associated with the Society — they are unique and irreplaceable assets.
In short, the ANS Archives serves as the Society’s “institutional memory.”