Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Everett Guy, Oct 29, 2020.
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Glad you found it. I always have it open in at least one browser. I use it everyday. It is not perfect however. I have found misattributed coins a number of times. While it is great for a quick search, it works best in cooperation with the reference books.
Here's the link, if there are any other clueless people like me reading.
I've always used Wildwinds.
@Everett Guy ! Now check out RPC online!
Also recommend http://www.catbikes.ch/coinstuff/coins-ric.htm
When I have to identify a coin, I always check these.
For a beginner (I am a beginner) sometimes the amount of info is overwhelming, especially when you want to identify the exact RIC number you have and the differences are hard to spot.
Rather than searching for numbers, try to develop a 'feel' for what sort of differences editors of catalogs like RIC look for when deciding what gets a separate number and what is overlooked. For example one coin might have a random dot while another has a dot added at specific point in time an indicates something (perhaps a weight change?). RIC is famous for the inconsistencies on how things were arranged, volume to volume. Understanding the concepts will do you more good in the long run than just tacking a mysterious number onto a coin.
It should be overwhelming. Get over the thought you can know everything. When you stop learning, you die.
A coin with mintmark dot STR dot has a different number than the same one but with mintmark dot STR, for example.
It's one of the things that makes this hobby more addicting.
Ture. But in fairness, it should be pointed out that the entire corpus was written over about a 100-year period by many different authors. Also, what distinguished different coins and issues from each other also changed over the 400+ years worth of coins represented in the catalogs and was very inconsistent to begin with.
Separate names with a comma.