25 November 2020
US auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced the acquisition of the company Coins In Motion LLC, whose technology creates high-resolution animations of coins and banknotes.
According to the auction house, the patent-pending ‘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 will be used by the company for the first time to showcase coins from their December 2020 Showcase Auctions.
New tool for online coin 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 award-winning 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 technology created by a collector
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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