Top Ten reasons to
Publish your Coins on the Web

The most important reason to publish any educational coin collection, is to share the knowledge gained before it is lost. Many major collections painstakingly put together, may get published as books, but most unfortunately, as auction catalogs just before it breaks-up. I list below the main advantages in publishing a numismatic collection on the World Wide Web.

The traditional way to show others the new additions to your collection is at local coin clubs and after you have completed a set at an exhibition at a local or national Coin Show. Based on the quality of the exhibit one may be rewarded by say by a plaque to congratulate your effort. Web-sites although can be used to setup a similar exhibit has it's own sometimes unexpected encouragement.

In 2003 May I walked into a small Antiques show near the Galle, Light-House. I was glad that the owner was proud that he sold no fake copies of coins which are touted on the beach. I did not see any. He showed me the coins he had for sale and I picked out a few of interest to me. He then showed me a pile of medieval Lankan copper massa coins and said that he was trying to learn to identify them using a document that a German Tourist had given him. Curious as to what it was, I asked to see it and was shown a print out of some of my web pages. I knew that my web-site had reached out beyond the Internet.

In 1998, just before the LakdivaCoins web-site was started the Superintendent of currency of CBSL said he was worried that most of the commemorative coins remained unsold and that the Central bank was reluctant to invest in an new commemorative issues. I informed him that they did very poor marketing of what they had for sale and gave no easy way for collectors abroad to purchase any of the coins. The Coins and Currency web-page at the central bank web-site remain not updated for many years. Now the demand for commemorative coins have required the Central Bank to restrict sales and even stop sales of some of the coin issues in limited supply to ensure a fair distribution to genuine collectors rather than dealers.

In 2003 May I was at the Central Bank commemorative coin sales desk to buy a few copies of recent issues. While I was there a messenger walked in with a request from a dealer to buy some coins. Attached to the request was a printout of the coin from my web-page. The large request was however denied since the Central Bank now sold only a maximum of 2 coins of that issue to any customer because of the small remaining stock. I knew that my web-site now plays a significant role in giving publicity to the Sri Lanka commemorative coins.

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