Frequently Asked Questions

Does RPC rely on collectors sending their coins?

RPC relies on the ten 'core collections' and published material. The online version of RPC offers the possibility for collectors to submit their unpublished or rare coins for inclusion to improve the catalogue.

I sent a coin by feedback, and it is still not online.

Please note that it remains at the sole discretion of the relevant author(s) whether or not to use your feedback and that recording feedback takes time for the authors who are all working on the project voluntarily.

Some types seem incomplete: there are more specimens elsewhere.

RPC tries to be as accurate as possible, but RPC is a typology, not a corpus. We, therefore, do not systematically record all the coins that are known to exist if they bring nothing new. Some authors within the project team try to be as complete as possible, while others normally do not record more than ten specimens per type (but they must include the coins in the ten core collections: the number of coins in the core collections is used as a statistical indicator in the printed volumes). Where to stop the listing is left at the discretion of the relevant authors. However, we normally try to add the coins sent by feedback as long as the condition of the coin, the images, and the relevant data are of good quality.

I work for a museum and would like to contribute to RPC: is it possible to send a collection of data?

Yes, please! Contact us.

Can I use the images for a paper?

RPC does not hold the copyright of the images: this stays with the coin's owner. Please, see the terms of use.

Why are the texts found in the printed volume not available online?

As per the agreement with the publishers of the printed volumes of RPC, the General Introduction and all the introductory texts are found only in the printed volumes. 

I would like to help with the project. What can I do?

It is very kind of you. There are different ways of helping the project:

  1. financial support is welcome, as it allows us to improve the data efficiently (often by paying students to focus on specific tasks to improve the data or support the authors). Please see the support page.
  2. looking for errors in the catalogue (e.g. misread inscriptions) and sending relevant feedback.
  3. sending rare coins from your collection with quality images (white background) and relevant data.

What are you planning to do next?

Please see the project's plan.