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TIPS ON USING THE COINFACTS WEBSITE
The Internet provides a variety of options to web
including a choice of browsers, monitor resolutions, font sizes, styles,
etc. Unfortunately, this myriad of options makes it difficult for
site builders to satisfy every possible combination. Therefore, we
offer the following information to help you maximize your viewing pleasure
on the CoinFacts website.
Note: CoinFacts is designed to be
easy to use and understand, but if you get lost, let the "Back"
button and "Home" link be your friends.
1. Navigation. The CoinFacts site is structured so that information is
first presented in its most basic form. As you delve deeper into
the site, the information becomes increasingly advanced. You may
choose to stay at a novice level or move to any of the advanced levels -
it's completely up to you.
As an example, let's look for information on an 1830
Large Cent to illustrate how the site
works. Feel free to follow along by clicking on any of the links
At the top left of the Main Page, you'll see a link
that reads "CLICK
HERE for information about your favorite United States coins".
there will take you to what we call the Home
Page. The Home Page is the jumping-off point to all the
different denominations. Every page on the site has a link back to the
Home Page, which is why we suggest clicking on the "Home"
link if you can't figure out where you are.
To find out more about Large Cents, click on the Large
Cent link. The Large Cent page illustrates the
major types in the Large Cent series. If you want to stay at
this level and learn about other U.S. type coins, simply click on the
"Previous Denomination" and "Next Denomination"
links at the top of the page.
To find the 1830 Large Cent, click on the illustration
that matches the coin or click on the link that
includes that date (in this case, it would be the Matron
Head Large Cents page). The Matron Head Large Cent page
provides basic information about that type, including a list of dates,
mintages and important notes. If you want to stay at this level and learn about other
Large Cent types, simply click on the "Previous Type" and
"Next Type" links at the top of the page.
To find out more about the 1830 Large Cent, simply
click on the 1830
date. Now, you're getting down to the real nitty-gritty.
This is where you'll find mintage figures, technical information,
price information and variety information. If you want to stay
at this level and learn about other dates in the Matron Head type,
simply click on the "Previous Date" and "Next
Date" links at the top of the page.
The most advanced level is the Variety level.
Many collectors seek to obtain an example of every different
combination of obverse and reverse dies that were used to strike a
particular date. In the case of the 1830 Large Cent, there are
11 different varieties. You may choose any of the Variety links,
but for this example, we'll use the rarest one of the year, the 1830
Newcomb 9. This page will give you all the information you
need to determine if your coin is the rare Newcomb 9 variety. If
you want to stay at this level and try to match your coin with other varieties of the
1830 Large Cent, simply click on the "Previous Variety" and
"Next Variety" links at the top of the page.
No matter what level you're at, you can navigate in
any direction you choose. That's the beauty of the CoinFacts
2. Browsers: CoinFacts is optimized for
Internet Explorer but the site should work equally well with Netscape
and most older versions of either browser. We try to minimize the
use of browser-specific options or anything that will be inaccessible to
users with older browsers.
3. Monitor resolution: CoinFacts is best viewed at a 1024 x
768 resolution, with the color set to True Color (32 bit).
4. Modems: To best enjoy the large images on
the CoinFacts website, we suggest a modem speed of at least 56K.
Download times for users with modem speeds of less than 56K may be
unacceptably slow. We apologize, but if we were to optimize the images or
make them smaller, the whole purpose of the site would be defeated and the
usefulness of the information would be compromised. Modem prices are
dropping, faster modem types are increasing available (cable, DSL, ISDN, etc.), and
bandwidth is improving.
5. Text Size: Set the text size to
Medium. This option is found under "Text Size" on the
"View" pull-down menu on Internet Explorer.