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Exploring the Uses of Coin Collecting Software

Published on 2/18/2013
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Technology today makes it possible for you to keep consistent, detailed and understandable records of your coin collection. If you are a serious hobbyist, you will know how painstaking the recording aspect of coin collection is. You will probably want to explore the uses of coin collecting software for your private use and you will be pleased to know that getting the right software will certainly make your life as a collector simpler. Making Information Easily Accessible One of the things that software can do is make information easily accessible for you. Most software will offer a database of coins that you can easily read through. Some database can include over 10,000 coins from all over the world while others may cover only coins that have been minted in the USA. Generally, vital information regarding each coin will be included. You should easily find out when a coin was minted, how many were struck, how much it is worth per grade and how many are of the coin are estimated to still be in existence. If access to information is important for you, choose the software that allows you to search with ease. You can only judge this by trying the software out so if you are planning to buy software, choose one with a free trial period. Cataloging Your Collection One of the best features that coin collecting software will normally have is the capacity to catalog your coins. Good software should allow you to make unlimited entries and should have provisions for you to create or name folders and subfolders. Your catalog should state the year a coin in your collection was minted, what variety or denomination type it is, when and from whom you purchased it and for how much you bought it. It should also indicate the mintmark and grade of the coin. There should be space for information on to whom, for how much and when you sold it. Software with a good cataloging system should allow you obtain information by just typing in the name of a coin or a date of purchase or a seller’s name. This way, checking on your items and retrieving data will be easy for you. Keeping Track of What You Want to Acquire Some software will allow you to draw up a checklist that will neatly show you what you have vis-à-vis the items that you want but are not yet in your collection. You can then tag the priority coins that you want to watch out for. This function will help you prioritize your purchasing and minimize impulse buying. Using Software Some collectors do not buy software specifically created for coin collectors. Instead, they use available spreadsheets and make their own headings and classifications for entries. This is sufficient for cataloging purposes but if you want access to information and easy search features then buying software is the way to go. A large number of coin collecting software is available free from the internet, usually from coin collecting websites. At the same time, many are available for sale with prices ranging from $20.00 to over a hundred. Your choice will depend on the features you think are important to you. As a collector you want to avoid the nightmare of trying to recall details years after a purchase has been made and you know that keeping good records is essential to coin collection. When the time comes for you to sell, a systematic catalog will help establish a fair selling price. Or, if at some time in the future, you want to hand over your coins to your heirs, they will know without a doubt that each piece they receive was set aside for them with care.
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