Online Catalogs vs. hard copies

Why did I choose online-catalogs vs. hard copies?


It is generally known that as soon as a catalog is printed in hard copy it becomes obsolete:

  1. All informational content is unreliably slow. The printing process takes 6 months or more. (In today’s day and age, it is important to refresh information more often).
  2. Suggested market values are always a subjective opinion of the analysts and catalogers, and are very tough to keep it updated.
  3. Similarly to all published materials (books, magazines, catalogs) – number of readers of hard copies are drastically going down.


None of these disadvantages are present in the ES:

  1. Users will receive electronic format document (in several groupings) on a CD/DVD, which will be followed by constant updates by subscription, as soon as new information is received, or they can use the website directly. All new information and findings can be easily implicated in to the system by users, and the new cataloguing number will be assigned automatically.
  2. There is no pricing information will be dictated. Users have complete freedom to assess values, with the help of “Price Advisor” – the constantly-updated database with transaction records from auctions and other sales venues, with an indication of seller, date, and grade.
  3. Electronic publishing continues to capture more and more readers from its hard-copy competitors.


Another “problems” occurred with hard copies

  • Multi languages problem

Naturally, in China nobody even thinking about to print the catalog “The Paper Money of China” (in 15 volumes!) in Russian.

Well, what you can expect do from Russian speaking collector whose collecting interest is “China”… to have a pleasure of looking on beautiful pictures, without understanding of anydata printed in Chinese?

  • Vague meanings

Let’s look into Mozambique issues in SCWPM. In a case with 10 Centavos the cancelled banknote has the “b” index, and literally, in the next line, in the definition of 50 Centavos, under the same index “b” – the different type of the signature (printing/handwriting) was designated. Such kind of discrepancies can be founded everywhere, not only between different catalogs, but though the divisions in any particular catalog.

  • “Multi languages problem” and “Vague meanings”

Who can tell from a glance look what a difference between these designations is?

0; O; NEUF; АНЦ (Пресс); KFR; FdS; and (1)DW.

Sorry. Absolutely nothing!

All these designations mean the same: the “uncirculated” grade of banknote, but printed in different languages.

In case with the Latin alphabet it is a small possibility to figure out it.  So, what to do, if you have in hand Chinese or Korean catalog, with text writing by hieroglyphs?

Full obscurity and hopelessness.



Be explicit!