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Offline Batts

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Documenting my coins
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:19:06 PM »
Hi,
I have been collecting world coins for many years purely for the benefit of myself and the love of history. I think it is about time that i document all of my coins, would somebody please advise me on the best way to do this. Is there a download available.
Thanks for your help.
Alan. 

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 06:58:29 PM »
Welcome to World of Coins, Batts!

I had downloaded a software sometime ago from internet but it wasn't a registered version so I did't have full access to all its functions. And anyway it wasn't worth buying and since I couldn't find the code to 'crack' the software, I unistalled it ;D

But I have maintained a nice database of coins I have and my want-list in Microsoft Excel, Thanks to Bill Gates ;). It's very simple to use and maintain. The various functions (e.g. Filter) can be used to 'extract' the particular information if you want. I include following information when I add a new coin to the database:

Country-Denomination-Date-KM#-Condition-Composition-Comments-Diameter-Edge-Weight-Mint Mark-Mintage-Date of addition to the list

I also intend to add another column for 'Designer's name' but that will take considerable time now, I know ::)

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 10:41:03 PM »
Glad to see you here, Alan. Welcome. This site is meant to be fun; I hope you'll enjoy yourself here.

I would agree with Aditya. No specialized software will do it the way you want it. Excel has the required flexibility. If you are not familiar with all the commands (MSHelp is pretty useless), you may want to consider investing in a book on Excel. Choose one with plenty practical examples. You learn fastest by exercise.

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010, 10:37:03 AM »
I completely agree.  Commercial coin collection software was written, it seems, by non-collectors.  I have settled on Access because of its enormous flexibility, although Excel seems to work for other collectors I know.  I tried it, but soon reverted to Access.  Does anyone remember Fox-Pro?  It came with nearly three shelf feet of 'instruction manual' and I got in all kinds of trouble trying to work it out.  If anyone is tempted - Don't!  Unless you are a computer and software specialist.

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2010, 04:51:52 PM »
The excel file containing record of coins I have is almost up to date (I dare to call it 95% full proof) and I even maintain a want-list in excel(applies only to bimetallics),but my swap list was last updated a year ago or so :-[ :-[ It's embarrassing especially when a swapper with whom I'm trading coins has a nicely maintained swap-list.. ;) ::)

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2010, 05:02:30 PM »
................... 'Nicely maintained' ......................... Hmmm!  If Only!!

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2010, 05:10:19 PM »
If you want to see a nicely maintained swap-list,ask our forum member gerard974 to send his swap list.You will be shocked :o

I was trading with a German collector and he sent me his swaplist-4500 world coins for trade,each coin was individually graded and with other small details like mint mark :o

OK,I should stop now..

Aditya
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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2010, 05:32:28 PM »
Yes, Aditya, you should.  You're beginning to sound obsessive, and no coin collector would want to seem obsessive........

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010, 06:50:16 PM »
Right! We'd rather be manic obsessive possessive. >:D

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2010, 06:54:14 PM »
I have a swap list - but it always seems to be 6 months out of date ???
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2011, 06:02:04 PM »
Are there any software products anyone is using to catalog coins,.?

Thx
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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2011, 06:23:22 PM »
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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2011, 06:25:58 PM »
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,7424.0.html

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Aditya



I maintain it in Excel, but i thought something of ready made would be quite easy and cosmetically good
Thx
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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2011, 06:29:03 PM »
There are few softwares available on internet but they all cost a minimum of $50 or so. And trial versions are crappy IMO.

I'd rather spend $50 for coins than that for the software.. :)

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Re: Documenting my coins
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2011, 03:35:07 AM »
I never tried such softwares except excel , I hearsay from many experienced collectors such softwares are not user friendly .

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