Coin Collectors Software – How I Use It (And How You Can Too)

As an amateur coin collector once I arrived at about 100 coins in my collection it became too overwhelming to track everything and I ended up buying coin collectors software. This was a few years ago and the packages out there have improved dramatically, so this article talks about things that seem to work and things that don’t. I collect a lot of non-U.S. coins so I have a certain bent, but hopefully this will prove useful for you.

If you have large books of coins laid out the old-fashioned way like I do, then you are probably familiar with all the visual attributes of your coins. But you might not have an efficient or logical way of keeping track of the finer details, like where you got each 파일코인채굴 , or all the varieties of coins you have broken down by value, or mint, or year. I faced this problem a lot since my collection covers 3 different continents and about 200 years.

My folders were grouped by date each coin was struck. Then I showed my collection to an avid collector who was interested in buying a bunch of my Asian coins but wanted to see them by region. It literally took me hours to pull them out, remember where I had them stored, and write down all the information about each coin I had in my head. Ultimately he didn’t end up buying, so I now had all this information about my coins on paper I just threw in my desk drawer. If I had coin collectors software at that point I would have been able to run a simple report by location, and when I came up with new information about my collection I could just enter it into the database for safe keeping.

One of the things I like is the ability to back up my coin collectors software so it saves my entire database of data in an offsite location I can just retrieve if my computer crashes or gets stolen. This is really critical if you have a valuable collection because without the full inventory how will the insurance company know how to reimburse you? Being able to simply download your inventory will instantly get you the information needed to submit an insurance claim.

Another thing I like is tracking my coin values over time. The software I have automatically downloads values for a lot of my U.S. and Canadian coins from the PCGS database. These are updated every couple months which is nice. I also tend to focus on a few coins that trade often so I will grab the eBay prices and some prices off sales lists from friends of mine and enter them into the database to keep things a little more up to date. For my international collecting, it’s different because there are no automatic updates from a central database. Most of my Asian coins for example are unique and tend to trade infrequently at auction, and in different currencies like Yen or Singapore Dollars. My system allows me to enter the selling price of these coins when I discover them, and it will automatically convert it into U.S. Dollars for me.

I still get a lot of monthly coin publications, newsletters, and magazines. I’m not much of a photographer but I like to scan articles and photos from my paper publications and save them as PDF files in my coin collectors software. This works great because I’m not much of a gadget guy. I also get to keep my library of publications which I love to peruse!

It was hard for me to transition from my old way of keeping things in my head and on paper, but once I transitioned to coin collectors software my experience got a lot richer. Trading with other collectors got easier too because it’s easy to share information. I recommend taking a look at what’s out there and picking some software that fits your budget.

 

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