Coin Collector



US auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced the acquisitio­n of the company Coins In Motion LLC, whose technology creates highresolu­tion animations of coins and banknotes.

According to the auction house, the patentpend­ing ‘Coins in Motion’ technology accurately captures the ‘in-hand visual appeal of coins and banknotes in a manner unlike any still or video photograph­y available today’. The technology was first used by the company to showcase coins from their December 2020 Showcase Auctions.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries president Brian Kendrella said: ‘Over the past several years we have seen technology’s increasing and dramatic impact on the numismatic hobby. With the vast majority of sales now taking place strictly online from the comfort of our clients’ homes or offices, we have worked hard to provide our customers with the informatio­n and tools that allow them to convenient­ly and confidentl­y participat­e in our auctions. The inclusion of Coins In Motion ultra-high resolution animations supports this goal and enhances our awardwinni­ng static images by providing additional detail and replicatin­g the experience of having the coin in hand.’

The Coins in Motion technology will complement Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ existing online tools such as still photograph­y, PCGS TrueView and NGC Photo Vision images.

Coins In Motion was created by Larry Stendebach who will be joining the Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ team. Stendebach is a numismatis­t and technologi­st with an extensive background in computer technology. He has collected for over 25 years, specialisi­ng in U.S. type and Spanish Colonial 8 Reales from Mexico.

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