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 Posted 01/12/2019  03:27 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add matt242 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I hate when I'm at a place looking at coins and I'm unsure if I own a particular coin or not. If it's a great deal I'll buy it regardless but if I'm only trying to finish a set (which I have many unfinished) I want only specific coins.

So my question is, is there an app for coin collecting that saves your personal collection? I'm sure it would be one where you would have to manually put them in but that would be fine. I've looked and all I can find are apps for looking up prices.

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 Posted 01/12/2019  03:30 am  Show Profile   Check Fuzzy317's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I moved your post to the appropriate section for the proper attention.

Mine is simple, so I just use a spreadsheet program. Other members should be along with suggestions of dedicated software.
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 Posted 01/12/2019  04:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matt242 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, didn't know where to post it.
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 Posted 01/12/2019  04:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add owatchman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know of an app, but I use Numista to catalog all my coins. When I'm at a shop or a show I have my phone's browser set to Numista and look up if I have it or not. Another tab is open to NGC's world coin price guide. And I also have a notes app that I put prices in for a few series of coins that I am going for. I like not having to carry a lot of books and pieces of paper around when I'm shopping. It keeps me focused on the coins. The main drawback is it depends on having signal.
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 Posted 01/12/2019  06:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kurtles to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I second using Numista. It has US and world coins and its easy to work with.
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 Posted 01/12/2019  11:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've been using Google Sheets. Edit only on my desktop/laptop where the screen is big enough and I have a full keyboard; reasonably viewable on my phone while I'm at a show or a shop.
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 Posted 01/13/2019  12:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Spreadsheets have served me well for more than three decades. Being able to view them on a smart phone for the last ten has been really convenient. Before that I would take a printout of the want list with me.
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 Posted 01/14/2019  4:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matt242 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks guys. Surprising there isn't an app but it wouldn't be much different than a spreadsheet I suppose. Maybe I can submit an idea to one of those app idea places
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 Posted 01/14/2019  4:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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wouldn't be much different than a spreadsheet I suppose.
The good thing is that you will be able to make the spreadsheet you own. You can decide to include (or not include) whatever information you want and present it however looks best to you.


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Maybe I can submit an idea to one of those app idea places
Could not hurt.

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 Posted 01/15/2019  3:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add vonigohcr to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I keep my inventory on a spreadsheet but I extract a copy of my "want list" to Evernote. With that and cloud sync, I can get it on any device (phone, tablet) that I have with me. It is still a manual system.

I haven't seen any collecting software that has a decent inventory function, a decent "want list" function and a cloud sync so you can use it at home or on your phone. The unicorn app would also include trends updates and other countries... US, Canada, UK, France, Australia etc.

Good luck in finding an app developer.
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 Posted 01/25/2019  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chesterb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is an app called USCoin Plus from SaintsSoft LLC. I have it and really like it.
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 Posted 01/29/2019  08:15 am  Show Profile   Check einstem's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add einstem to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I tried a few of the coin apps, but found them a bit too "clunky" and "overkill" for my purposes as a relatively small collector.

I ended-up making a very nice spreadsheet in MS Excel that contains all my coins and has all the data I want to track. I then just use "autofilters" to focus on specific collections I am working on. I print them out before I go to a show by each collection showing what I "have" an what I "need". I have made tons of "tweaks" to it over the past few years, and like the simplicity and ability to change things as I want.

I also "Export" my spreadsheet after I make updates to a Google Sheet and then can access it on my iPhone or from any computer connected to the internet when I am not at my "home computer" that has Excel installed on it.

Some of the "apps" have a lot more power (ability to store images, updates to current price list estimates), but I didn't find this necessary for my purposes, and I found entering data in these apps more work then it was worth.

The only thing that is worth it is getting a spreadsheet first of all the coins in the "set" you want to collect as a starting point. I actually was able, after a bit of formatting magic, to download data from the PCGS Coin Lists and use it to populate the coin series I was interested in into my spreadsheet. Took a bit of work, but saved a huge amount of time vs. manual data entry.

I also use the Coinfacts and PCGS Coin price iPhone apps while at the shows, which I found extremely helpful.

Hope this helps.

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 Posted 01/29/2019  08:30 am  Show Profile   Check einstem's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add einstem to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
FYI - here is a link to a thread about my experience testing out "Coinmanage" and "Exactchange" compared to using a spreadsheet..

http://goccf.com/t/306445

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 Posted 01/29/2019  08:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thisistheshow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great useful info here. Thank you
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 Posted 01/29/2019  09:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use Excel.
If I were willing to take the time to learn how to use MS Access that's the way I would go.
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 Posted 01/29/2019  10:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Highly personalized spreadsheet here too. The flexibility is just too compelling a reason for me to switch to anything else.

@einstem - that thread was a good re-read. I like that ExactChange is (or was at the time) written in Pascal. Pascal even predates me but I loved Turbo Pascal back in the 80's!
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