Category Archives: Coins

KENOM Updates in Projects

The State Museum of Prehistory Halle (Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Halle) is the latest partner to join the Linked Open Data cloud through the KENOM portal of German civic museums. Over 300 coins have been added to OCRE and CRRO from the State Museum of Prehistory Halle. In total, KENOM has made more than 10,000 coins available into the Nomisma numismatic ecosystem, for every type corpus project published by the American Numismatic Society–including Art of Devastation, to which no one besides the American Numismatic Society has contributed. There are 19 coins from two KENOM-affiliated museums made accessible through Art of Devastation.

The script that harvests LIDO XML from KENOM’s OAI-PMH web service has been updated to make use of findspot metadata. About 150 coins are linked to Geonames URIs as single finds and another 100 are linked to two hoard URIs published by KENOM. These will ultimately link to the Oxford Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire project. The hoards are Schwabhausen and Holzthaleben.

Source: Numishare Blogspot

OZeAN: online numismatic journal

OZeAN: Online Zeitschrift zur Antiken Numismatik, is a new numismatic journal that publishes scientific essays, material templates and reports on novel possibilities for the collection and recording of materials.

The first volume (published: 2019-08-29) has these three studies:

The Hieromykes on a new coin type of Dion in the Decapolis and the Stygian riverscape of Southern Syria Achim Lichtenberger, 1-10

Münzversorgung von Haltern und Kalkriese – eine Diskussion Ulrich Werz, 11-20

Identifizierung von Münzen anhand eines digitalen Fingerabdrucks Erik Trostmann, Veit Dresely, and Anika Tauschensky, 21-26

Communication and scientific exchange is now taking place digitally and increasingly online. The number of museums and scientific institutions that keep their stocks online is growing daily.

In recent years, a number of new numismatic journals have been established, which are also available online, but they are still pure print media in terms of character. For example, most of the articles lack direct links to national and international projects using Linked Open Data.

Similarly, many publications often miss the integration of 3D graphics and high resolution photos and audio and video documents are often missing. For coin stamp testing, 3D scans are increasingly used to allow even to enlarge details and viewed from all sides. Minting technology experiments can be displayed in online media for better understanding with short films. The sound documents can, for example, illustrate the different sounds of cast and coins.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston joins Numishare


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the newest entrant into the 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 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.

[ SOURCE: Numishare Blogspot ]

Online Catalogue of Byzantine Coins

Byzantine-Coins-OnlineThe 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.

Ptolemaic Coins Online recently updated

More than 660 Ptolemaic coins from the Bibliothèque nationale de France have been added into the 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

Digital BNJ

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.

Thousands of coins added to SCO

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.

SOURCE: AWOL | Ancient World Online