I hope you’ve all gained access to the site by now at https://sites.google.com/site/princetonframingcoinage/home. If not, check with Lee (who’s taken on the thankless task of webmaster) about logging in. For those of you with gmail accounts or some other sort of Google ID this should be relatively easy. I understand the reservations some people have on giving Google access to their online life, so we’ve created a dummy account with username: and password: <email Alan or Lee for these> which will allow you to access the site and make additions (though we won’t be sure which of the people using the dummy account did what).
So, I hope you will all go into the site and add your photo and personal information to The Team page; remember only those who are getting this email will have any access at all to the site.
For those of you who have not yet posted your Phase I spreadsheet (minting 325 – 500 CE), please do so as soon as possible, so we can begin discussing the progression (or regression) of minting in this time period. As far as I can tell, all of your information can come from RIC volumes VII through X. For those of you who don’t have easy access to these volumes, they are online at Scribd (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/24729663/Roman-Imperial-Coins-RIC-Volume-7 for an example). Scribd is a subscription site, but it has a 30 day free introductory membership.
We will soon be moving on to Phase II, which is a comparison of circulation in the same 325-500 time period. This of course will be more complicated, involving chasing down hoards found in the region you’re working on that contain coins of the period, as well as excavations that have such coins. I’ve posted a bibliography on the website which includes the basic tools for finding such material. Also, learn your way around the ANS library catalogue http://donum.numismatics.org/ with queries such as finds – roman – spain for literature. Of course there’s no need to limit yourself to published material if you have access to unpublished finds. We haven’t established a report format for this equivalent to the spreadsheet we’re using for Phase I; I welcome suggestions on how best to present this information.
I should call to your attention that the International Numismatic Congress, held every six years, will take place in Taormina, Sicily, in September 2015. They have issued a call for paper submissions at http://www.xvcin.unime.it/?page_id=115 . We should begin discussing whether we think we’ll have a project report to give then; in any case some of you may want to enter your own submission, either with the work you’re doing for this project or other.
So, please make sure you’re keeping up with the group’s work both in your contributions and in reading what others have posted.
Again, thanks to Lee for all of the work he’s done getting the technical end of this going (as well as his own postings).