NGC has introduced a new online resource, the NGC Coin Encyclopedia. The resource includes both US and world coin designs and sports a click and drill down menu approach to finding coin information and their images. The interface also includes a quick search feature.
The detailed content was developed by the NGC Research Department. A nice aspect to the online encyclopedia is the amount of information provided for each coin and the nice bevy of large coin images.
When selecting a coin to get more information, the results page includes its obverse and reverse image. Each of these images can be enlarged with a simple click.
For more examples, users can click on the "Image Gallery" feature located to the right of the page in a "dashboard" area. This dashboard includes coin detail toggle information, like "’Design History and Background", the already mentioned "Image Gallery", "Specifications and Bibliography" and Census details for the coin in MS or PDF format.
Currently, NGC indicates 200 coin designs are within their library. These coins are listed within the following major categories:
US Coin Designs
World Coin Designs
|COLONIALS, HALF CENTS & CENTS||CANADA – MARITIME PROVINCES|
|TWO & THREE CENTS||CANADA – TO 1968|
|NICKELS||GREAT BRITAIN – 1660-1815|
|HALF DIMES & DIMES||GREAT BRITAIN – 1816-1901|
|TWENTY CENTS & QUARTERS||GREAT BRITAIN – 1902-1970|
|HALF DOLLARS||SOUTH AFRICA|
|TERRITORIAL ISSUES & CONFEDERATE STATES|
|PATTERNS & TRIAL COINS|
|AMERICAN OVERSEAS TERRITORIES|
The interface is intuitive to use and fast. Best of all, everything is absolutely free. The online resource is located on the NGC page,
The coijn encyclopedia is sure to grow in size and is already a collector tool worthy of use.