We have just spent the last three weeks designing and putting up the first
records of the Celtic Coin Index on the Web, consisting of 320 coins of the
Atrebatian king, Epaticcus, at the following URL:
The Celtic Coin Index is a unique database, more than forty years old, and
the product of the efforts of many different individuals. The Index was
founded in 1960 by Derek Allen and Professor Sheppard Frere, with a vision
of a catalogue of all Celtic coins found in Britain, regardless of where
found, or whether they were publicly or privately owned. In the early
1980's, Professor Barry Cunliffe took over the Directorship of the Index.
Until 1992, various assistants of his helped to record the rising numbers
of Celtic Coins found in Britain since the increasing popularity of the
metal detector. In 1992, Dr. Philip de Jersey began computerizing the
Index, originally recorded on index cards. He has continued to add to the
Celtic Coin Index coins shown to the Index by institutions, collectors,
dealers, and detectorists, and not only new coins, but also familiar,
previously-recorded ones, as they reappear in articles, auction catalogs
and dealer's lists.
The Celtic Coin Index has always been a democratic institution, happily
gathering information from private individuals and the trade, as well as
from public institutions, and has always made its information available on
request. Now, people will be able to study the coin records directly, on
the Worldwide Web.
While there are advantages to dynamic web pages, these are lost to most
people on the web, as they are often not catalogued by search engines, and
thus are more difficult for people to find, unless they are already aware
of them. Static pages, as we have used here, have the advantage of easy
accessibility by anyone, and judicious use of unique information in the
metaheadings ensures that people doing searches on the Web will be able to
pinpoint the precise information they want.
While this initial set of data covers all the coins of Epaticcus in the
Index, we intend to add to the Celtic Coin Index on the Web further records
in the data order that they were catalogued into the Index, starting with
With more than 31,800 Celtic Coin records, the Celtic Coin Index on the Web
will be a unique resource for private study, as well as academic research.
Over time, we hope to add more features to add further flexibility to the
nature of way these coins can be studied.
We (Carin Perron and John Hooker) have been developing a database designed
not just for collectors, but also for researchers and public collections,
since 1998, when Carin Perron designed the prototype database for the
Internet Coin Project, later renamed Arethusa. John Hooker's input
regarding the most logical and flexible ways to organize the information
for research has been invaluable; Philip de Jersey's insights on the
information have added further depth to Arethusa's structure.
Arethusa is being designed with a view of accommodating not only coin data,
but ultimately, information on any physical objects that may be studied. We
have designed our user interface, not only for easy navigation, but also so
it may be easily and logically adapted to other subjects.
So, using concepts from Arethusa, we are in the process of reorganizing Dr.
Philip de Jersey's original Ingres database of the Celtic Coin Index
records, and these web pages are a snapshot of the information in its
Take a moment to check out the coin records, and do searches on various
criteria; if you would like to see further features or searches, let us know.
And, if you are interested in having your own collection, or data in other
subjects, organized for presentation on the Web, don't hesitate to contact us.
Visit our Website at http://www.writer2001.com
Coriosolite Expert System...Animation...Poetry...Books
Hooker & Perron, Total Project Coordination
Technical Writing...Graphics...Maps...Colour Suites...Expert Systems
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
Version: 6.0.219 / Virus Database: 103 - Release Date: 12/5/00