Stack’s Bowers Galleries has acquired a business named Coins In Motion LLC, it announced Nov. 18. The patent-pending Coins In Motion technology creates high-resolution animations that “accurately capture the in-hand visual appeal of coins and bank notes in a manner unlike any still or video photography available today,” according to Stack’s Bowers.
Coins In Motion animations will be first available for select highlights of the firm’s December 2020 Showcase Auctions.
To see the technology in motion, watch the video here.
“Over the past several years we have seen technology’s increasing and dramatic impact on the numismatic hobby,” said Brian Kendrealla, Stack’s Bowers Galleries president. “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 novel Coins in Motion technology will complement Stack’s Bowers’ online tool kit that includes still photography, PCGS TrueView and NGC Photo Vision images, descriptions and past auction prices realized, as well as third-party price guide information and PCGS, NGC and CAC population guides.
Coins In Motion was created by Larry Stendebach, who will be joining the Stack’s Bowers team. Stendebach is a numismatist and technologist with an extensive background in computer technology. He has collected for more than 25 years, specializing in U.S. type and Spanish Colonial 8 reales from Mexico.