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Blog article: State of the site as at January 6, 2016

Blog article: State of the site as at January 6, 2016
AuthorPavel Kalinov
Date06 Jan 2016
Summary

The site is almost ready to be shown as a "public beta" - in other words, it is usable and has no known issues. However, it still lacks much functionality, and the content which exists is only a tiny fraction of what should be there.

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The site will, when fully developed, be a hub for everything coin- and banknote-related. A place to search, research, buy, sell and trade. As part of that, it will need lots of "background" information, lots of specific information, and some community and "trading" functionality.

What is in place so far?
(Please, click Site Map in the navigation below to visit features; the top navigation is not full yet.)

In terms of "background information" functionality and content:
- information about countries (including monarch reigns)
- information about people (mostly monarchs for now, with reigns and effigies used on coinage)
- currencies (including when each currency was used in which country)
- dictionary of common terminology
- information about mints (location, history, what coins they made)
- web directory (links to various online resources related to currencies, coinage, banknotes or business and communities relevant thereof)
- news (links to news articles on other sites)
- content is limited, and should for now be considered to be here for illustrative purposes only (e.g. to show what the platform can do) and not an exhaustive resource

In terms of "specific information" functionality and content:
- information about coins (broken up by country / currency), including...
- general information (mint/s, mintage, description, varieties, references etc.)
- photos
- external links
- a framework to record and graph valuations over time (in order to monitor price trends and allow forecasts)
- content is limited, and should for now be considered to be here for illustrative purposes only (e.g. to show what the platform can do) and not an exhaustive resource; there is data on (mostly pre-decimal and some modern) coins from Australia, Fiji, Great Britain, New Guinea (Australian and German pre-independence territories) and New Zealand

In terms of "personal" functionality:
- creation of user profiles
- creation of user collections
- management of personal collections (not 100% done)
- publication of "for sale" ads (not 100% done)

In terms of "community functionality":
- nothing yet

Roadmap for future development is as follows:

In terms of "background information" functionality and content:
- expand the framework as needed
- add content as needed

In terms of "specific information" functionality and content:
- expand the framework as needed
- add content for (in order of priority): Great Britain pre-decimal coins, other Commonwealth (ex British colonies) pre-decimal coins, modern coins of the same countries (regular circulating and commemorative circulating coins first; bullion and "collector editions" to come much later)

In terms of "personal" functionality:
- complete - management of personal collections
- complete publication of "for sale" ads
- complete viewing (incl. public display and sharing) of collections
- add blogs
- add management of general purchase and sale records

In terms of "community functionality":
- add comments on coins and other items
- add internal messaging between users
- add general discussions

In terms of general site improvement:
- better graphic design of the site
- new web host