OCRE wow!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Everett Guy, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    While looking at a coin posted here I noticed the "OCRE" in the post, so I did a online search and found it. What a huge wealth of knolage. I was shocked at 550 Augustus coins with a couple not pictured and the ones that had a number then A or B after it. Over 40,786 coins listed for RIC. No wonder you all say its near impossible to collect all of them. Now I know a great place to quickly search info online. 20201029_220909.jpg
     
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  3. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    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.
     
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  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Hm. Interesting. I didn't know anything about it, and just had to Google it to see what you were talking about.

    Here's the link, if there are any other clueless people like me reading.

    I've always used Wildwinds.
     
  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    It is a fine resource but far from complete with few photos in some areas of more interest to me. I hope they are working on filling in the blanks. This last decade has seen great progress in online publishing of our coins. Beginners will never believe us when they are told just how many coins exist.
     
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  6. Roman Collector

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  7. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    Yeah I should of posted a link..but its nice to have as a resorce. I need ro get in there and see how to work the search with symbols so I dont have to go thru 1,000 coins to see what i am looking for.
     
  8. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Well-Known Member

    It's a great resource. Also Wildwinds is extremely useful.
    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.
     
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  9. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    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.
     
  10. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Well-Known Member

    Yes of course, that i meant.
    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.
     
  11. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    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.
     
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