Ancient British Coins (ABC) is the most comprehensive reference book for the typology of the Iron Age coins of Britain. ABC catalogues 999 types of coins found in Britain from around the early to mid-2nd century BC through the 1st century AD. The earliest issues were imported to Britain from the Continent, but they were shortly thereafter minted locally, remaining in circulation even after Roman occupation.
Iron Age Coins in Britain (IACB) is now available as a digital research tool that provides access to an edited ABC online. IACB is made possible by stable numismatic identifiers and linked open data methodologies established by the Nomisma.org project. IACB is built on the numbering system created by the Ancient British Coins (ABC) series published in 2010 (available to purchase here). On the IACB website, some aspects of this typology have been changed (e.g. descriptions, spellings), therefore this website is not the responsibility of the publishers of ABC.
Details about the fields and their data are given on the IACB Info page.
Details about the digitisation project are given on the site’s About page.
Online tools for numismatic research just keep getting better.
Now Karsten Dahmen at the Münzkabinett Berlin has fully catalogued all of their coins of Demetrius Poliorcetes with the newly-published URIs from Antigonid Coins Online, which is based on Edward T. Newell’s 1927 corpus. There are 119 in total from Berlin, accompanying more than 400 coins from 10 other museums. One of the most diversely represented types is Demetrius 22, which is linked to eight specimens in five museums, including three coins from Berlin.
Corpus Nummorum Online is a web portal devoted to the ancient coins of lower Moesia, Thrace, Mysia and the Troad. This is a pilot project for assembling ancient Greek coinage by region and mint for the various purposes of research and cultural heritage preservation. The research database is based primarily on Berlin collections, which include coins from approximately 104 mints from the aforementioned regions in the Münzkabinett Berlin, as well as an extensive collection of plaster casts that were made from coins in various collections worldwide and deposited at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW). These datasets will be further supplemented by digital museum catalogues and material from other sources. In line with the concept of public science, the portal also offers the possibility of augmenting the database by registering coins externally. The database makes it possible to sort individual coins systematically and group them by mints and types, as well as by dies that were used in the minting process. If needed, types can also be subdivided or arranged into larger groups, such as series or issues. All coins in the portal are scientifically described in both German and English. Standardised criteria for the description of coin images, both for coin types and individual specimens, have been developed (for the description guidelines, click here or use the Help button). As a collective endeavour of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, and the Big Data Lab of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, the portal is being developed in close collaboration with other international initiatives for the typological presentation of Greek coins in the Semantic Web, such as the Online Greek Coinage project, which is under the patronage of the International Numismatic Council (https://www.greekcoinage.org/). All relevant database fields are linked to stable Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) of numismatic concepts (http://nomisma.org). Because the portal is funded through various external-grant projects, there is variation in the scope of the data and the depth of coverage, but the overarching goal remains consistent: to create type catalogues for each respective coinage.
One hundred twenty-six coins from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, recently cataloged by Julien Olivier, have been incorporated into the newly-released Antigonid Coins Online (AGCO), which so far includes the coinage of Demetrius Poliorcetes. Roughly a dozen of these coins were already accessible through AGCO upon its launch since a handful of the coins of Demetrius are cross-linked with posthumous issues in the name of Alexander the Great in PELLA (related specimens are displayed in Numishare when they link directly to a type URI or implied to be the same via skos:exactMatch).
There are now 433 total specimens connected to the 182 types of Demetrius Poliorcetes. Two-thirds of the types are connected to at least one physical specimens, and about 40% (77 types) of the corpus links to at least one photographed coin. This number will grow, as the majority of the ANS’ coins of Demetrius have not been photographed yet.
Ethan Gruber, the Web Services Developer for the American Numismatic Society, has published around 1,300 monograms appearing on the coinage of Seleucus I through Antiochus III (Houghton, Lorber, and Hoover’s Seleucid Coins, Part 1) to the Seleucid Coins Online (SCO) project. These monograms are linked to thousands of types and subtypes.
According to Gruber, where the SCO monograms differ from the previous projects is that monograms have been organized hierarchically by Oliver Hoover. Unlike in PELLA and PCO, where a monogram usually has one SVG file (but may have more than one to illustrate slight variations in style), the Seleucid monograms have been grouped thematically by letters and general design motif.
A short article by CCCRH researcher, Dr Peter Lewis, on the identification of the coin mentioned in Mrk 12:15 has been published in FOCUS, the digital newsletter of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.
The third edition (2011) of Stephen Album, Checklist of Islamic Coins, has now been made available from his website as a free download. Even for those of us with the hard copy, having it in digital form can be quite useful.