NGC states on their website that “The World Coin Price Guide was independently compiled by Active Interest Media’s NumisMaster. In some cases, NGC has made adjustments or edits to the prices, descriptions and specifications. NGC makes the World Coin Price Guide available to its website visitors as a free service, but in no way does the information provided represent NGC’s official opinion or policy.”
The World Coin Price Guide was previously based on the prices that were given in the Standard Catalog of World Coins (SCWC), which was published by Krause Publications. According to Wikipedia, “In June 2019 the assets of F+W were sold at bankruptcy auctions. The book publishing assets and Krause brand were acquired by Penguin Random House. The magazines were dispersed; Numismatic News, for instance, was acquired by Active Interest Media.”
So I have a few questions:
1) Are the prices for world coins currently being updated in the NGC World Coin Price Guide?
2) Does Active Interest Media have the expertise required to compile the prices of world coins? Their website can be found at https://www.aimmedia.com/, but I don’t see any references to the area of coins on this website.
3) If Active Interest Media develops a database for world coin prices, then do you think they may also develop a world coin catalog along the lines of the SCWC? It sounds like the SCWC might now belong to Penguin Random House. It would be nice if someone continued publishing the SCWC.