Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by DonnaML, Aug 3, 2020.
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If that's true, then it would make no financial sense for anyone to pay for a "Pro" Coin Archives membership. But obviously many people do -- although I certainly won't -- and I can't help wondering why.
- CoinArchives offers more complex queries and is generally easier to handle for filtering/sorting. They had much broader coverage than ACSearch for a while but ACSearch has indeed caught up after some auction houses began to permit them to use their data. CoinArchives includes results from yet-to-close sales as well which can help when searching.
- ACSearch has digitized some older catalogs which has been a nice feature, although the OCRing leaves a bit to be desired. Their "Image Search" tool does a decent job at finding die matches/similar coins. The ability to comment on coins is also a plus.
The CNG archive is fantastic, and I use it all the time to get an idea of prices, but of course it's limited to coins sold through CNG itself.
IMO, the CNG archive is great for ID research, but not so great for pricing research. Relying on CNG hammers will often result in overpaying for a coin.
. Does this sound like cheating the system ?
Obviously everyone's financial situation is different, but at least for me, there's an enormous difference between annual subscription costs of $100 vs. $600. The latter would be completely absurd for me to spend; the former feels much more "do-able," since it approximates the average individual cost of the coins I buy.
Then, luckily there was acSearch. As far as I was in the process of creating my database on Parthian coins, I took the Premium subscription. I continue with this subscription, the annual cost seems correct to me : wide photos, prices...
I think that's true for CoinArchives, but if you spend a minimum of $1000 per year on coins, I think acsearch would pay for itself, at least for the non-specialist collector who is often checking prices on coins you're not that familiar with. (Also, as I recall, you can cut down on the cost of an acsearch subscription by paying for multiple years at once.)
Also has anyone used Acsearch's image search tool prior? Seems quite neat and costs 1 euro per use but really curious how it stacks up
I know @TIF had talked about using it. I've never felt the need but I'm sure some day I will use it.
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