Exact Change Coin Collecting Software
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The date on the Ceylon 5 cent piece was frozen at 1945 though the coin was minted through 1962.  Of course after 1947 the Emperor of India phrase no longer applied.  After 1952, neither did George VI.

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Product name and publisher

Exact Change
Wild Man Software
                               

Coin Catalog Pro
DB-Pros, Inc.

Coin Collectors assistant Plus
Carlisle Development
                               

Coin Collector Professional
Robert W. Benjamin
                               

WorldCoins
ArteCode Software
Coin Elite
Trove Software
                               

CoinManage
Liberty Street Software
                               

Coin Organizer Deluxe
PrimaSoft PC Software
                               

NumisExpert
Resource International Publishing Inc.

EzCoin
SoftPro 2010 Inc.
                               

Coin Collector v3.0
Duck Software
                               
Visual PackRat Plus 2.0
Spectrum Software
                               
Coin Tracker
CyberNiche Software
                               
CoinSpider
CoinSpyder Inc.
Numismatist's Notebook
Sandy Knoll Software
                               
Pro-Coin
MWP Software
                               
The Currency Vault
BC3 Software
Coin Keeper Deluxe
HobbySoft
                               
Product name and publisher
World coin database

60,000 types from 240 countries included

None 5,000 types from 40 countries (Additional $34.95)
Euro coin database is an additional $29.95
None None Canada and Mexico sold separately ($30 each) 750 types from 12 countries included None None 5325 US types and 1850 Canadian types sold separately ($44.99 each) None None None None None U.S. and Canada Canada Canada and U.S. Commemoratives sold separately ($24.99 each) World coin database
Included images More than 55,000 images None U.S. coinage only None 64 images U.S. coinage only 459 images None None 1330 US images and 1450 Canadian images (when both products are purchased) None None None None None U.S. and Canada None U.S. coinage (U.S. Commemoratives and Canadian sold separately) Included images
Full screen images Yes No No No images included No No No No No No No No images included No No No No No No.  (Images are black & white scans from ANA guide) Full screen images
Includes U.S. paper money Yes No Additional purchase required No No No Additional purchase required No No No No No No No No No No No Includes U.S. paper money
Includes world paper money Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Includes world paper money
Includes KM catalog numbers Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Includes KM catalog numbers
Includes shapes and dimensions in database Yes No No No No No No No Includes diameters for U.S. coinage No No No No No No No No No Includes shapes and dimensions in database
Includes precious metal contents Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Includes precious metal contents
Diskless searches & queries Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Diskless searches & queries
Medium DVD or Download Download CD Download Download CD CD or download CD or download CD or download CD or download 3.5" Floppy disk or download CD or download Download Download Download CD or download CD CD Medium
User definable fields Unlimited number of user definable fields. No No No No No No No, but some fields can be renamed for use other than the intended use. No 16 undefined fields for stings, numbers and date/time No, but some fields can be renamed for use other than the intended use. No No No No No No No User definable fields
Custom report editor Yes No Yes No No (hard-coded with 6 reports) Yes Yes No, but if you write HTML code, the reports can be modified. No No, but you can define which columns will be included in a  printed list No, but you can define which columns will be included in a  printed list No No, but you can define which columns will be included in a  printed list No (hard-coded with 5 reports) No Yes No (hard-coded with 5 reports) No Custom report editor
Multilingual 8 Languages No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Multilingual
Graphs Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No Yes No   Graphs
Printed Manual Yes No No
"User manual" is a Windows help file
No No No Included with CD but not when purchased as a download No No   No No No No No No   No Printed Manual
User-definable Bullion values calculator Yes No No No No No Bullion calculator is hard-coded to a predefined list of 209 coin types. No No No No No No No No No No No User-definable Bullion values calculator
Foreign date converters

Hebrew, Roman, Arab, Burmese, Thai, Bengali, Nepalese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Ethiopian

None

None

None None None None None No None None None None None None None None None Foreign date converters
Instant value updates Yes No When grade is changed No No No No No When a coin's date is changed, the mint mark, denomination, grade and variety must be re-entered.  When this is done, the value automatically updates. No No No No No No No No No Instant value updates
Built in mintage database Yes
Including 60,000 types from 240 countries
No No No No Yes
U.S. coins only
Yes
Including 750 types from 12 countries
No Yes
U.S. coins only
No No No No No No No No No Built in mintage database
Built in scanner support Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No Yes   Built in scanner support
Windows & Macintosh compatibility Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No Windows & Macintosh compatibility
Minimum OS Windows:
Windows XP

Macintosh:
Mac OS X
Windows XP Windows 95 Windows 95 Windows 98 (Microsoft .NET framework must be installed) Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows 95 Windows 95 Windows 95 Windows 95 Windows XP Windows 95 Windows '98 Windows 98SE Windows 95 Minimum OS
Support Free live support Free live support Call-back available Email address provided Email address provided Free live support Free live support Free standard support or $100 per year for priority support   Free live support Online support only Online support only Free live support Email address provided Email address provided No longer available Email support Free live support Support
Program Upgrade cost Free live updates No upgrades listed $49.95 No upgrades listed "Free minor updates" Price for other updates has not been published. $25-$49 depending on current version $19.95 electronic delivery or $26.95 for CD Product must be repurchased   Free manual updates No upgrades listed Product must be repurchased Product must be repurchased No upgrades listed Product must be repurchased Free live update Not specified US: $19.95
Canada: $19.95
Commemoratives: $19.95
Program Upgrade cost
Data import Free Not available $29.95 plus 10 per item Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available Data import
Price $79.95 $58.95 $94.95 to $324.90 depending on options purchased $19.99 $22.95 $59 without values or $79 with values Canada and Mexico are an additional $30 each $49 for download, $59 for CD $75 (Plus additional $8 for CD) $149.99

$54.99 for U.S.
$54.99 for Canada
$79.99 for both

$14.95 (Plus additional $3 for floppy disk) $25.95 for download, $29.95 for CD $24.95 $99 $4.95 No longer available for purchase $79CAN $89.95 (U.S Commemoratives and Canada are an additional $24.95 each) Price

The following explanations pertain to items in the above grid that may require further definition.

Full Screen images
Exact Change includes high resolution images that accurately depict each coin's detail.  The advantage is clear when the image is viewed full screen.  For example, the following image is the detail of the eagle's head from the obverse of the flying eagle cent on the Exact Change DVD...

When the corresponding image from various other coin programs is enlarged to the same size, the detail is grainy because the image is being stretched larger than the original image size...

 

World coin database
Most programs have some mechanism for adding coins from other countries by entering the name of the country, the denomination, and so forth.  Some of the programs above include information about coins from a select number of countries so that when you enter a coin, you can select the denomination and type from a list.  Only Exact Change lets you take a coin like the one at left and enter it without defining a new country or denomination.  Exact Change already knows that this 2 Mark coin from the German State of Bremen was minted only in 1904 and has a mintage of 100,000 circulation coins and 200 proofs.  Only Exact Change can provide you with an image of the coin and tell you that this coin is listed as KM#250 in the Krause catalog and contains .3215 ounces of silver.
 

Included images
At this time there are 243 different U.S. coin types, including commemoratives.  Therefore, all U.S. coin types can be represented with, at most, 486 images.  At most, because some coins like the Barber types share a common obverse design that differs only in size.  The reasonably viable programs listed above include these 486 images and some include a splattering of other countries.  Only Exact Change has taken on the enormous objective of imaging coins from around the world.  In the course of six years we've gone through five scanners and we continue to add images to Exact Change on an on-going basis.
 

Includes KM catalog numbers
This information is based on licenses granted by F+W Media and does not reflect data included in any program in violation of the publisher's copyright.

Diskless searches & queries
Most coin programs utilize some type of generic database engine such as Borland's BDE or Microsoft's Excel engine.  When the program needs information about a coin or a price list entry, it must access the database engine which pulls the information from your hard drive.  One problem with this approach is that it can be very slow.  Exact Change works more like a word processor in that all of your information is loaded into memory at one time and can be easily manipulated.  For example, if you change a value in a price list, Exact Change will instantly revalue all coins of that type and grade.  It will immediately update all aspects of your collection so that, for example, the average price of all coins in your collection will reflect that some coins have a new value.  A program that utilizes a generic database engine would have to churn for some time to calculate the effect of a price list change on the average value of all the coins in your collection.

Another advantage to the diskless search is that your collection information is stored in a single file which is created when you save your collection.  Therefore, you're not plagued with database corruption because the save process is not dependant on the integrity of an existing database file.  To back-up your data, you need only select your backup drive when saving your collection.

 

Medium
Exact Change is distributed on a DVD with a capacity of 4.7 gigabytes because it's such an extensive program and it includes so many high resolution images.  A program that is distributed on a CD can contain no more than 720 megabytes (.72 Gigabytes) of information.  For a program to be downloadable, it must be much smaller.  This translates to reduced image quality.
 

Instant value updates
Instant value updates refers to the program's ability to instantly reflect a change in a coin's value when any information is changed.  For example, if you change a value in a price list, Exact Change will instantly revalue all coins of that type and grade.  It will immediately update all aspects of your collection so that, for example, the average price of all coins in your collection will reflect that some coins have a new value.  A program that utilizes a generic database engine would have to churn for some time to calculate the effect of a price list change on the average value of all the coins in your collection.
 

Built in mintage database
When you add a coin to your collection, Exact Change augments the information you've added with information included in the program.  When you enter a coin, Exact change determines the mintage for that coin based on the denomination, year and mint you designate.  This is true whether your coin is a U.S. coin or an obscure foreign coin.  This may seem like an obvious thing, but most of the programs listed above actually require you to enter the mintage figure every time you add a coin to your collection.
 

Minimum OS
The minimum Operating System is the oldest version of Microsoft Windows for which each program is intended.  Exact Change utilizes the latest technology and is intended for Windows XP or Vista.  It's not an old program that's been given a series of face-lifts.
 

Some features that are not really features
There are a number of "Features" listed on the web sites for other coin programs that seem so basic that we didn't include them in the list above, though some programs didn't provide them:
        ☼ Resizable to full screen
        ☼ Print preview
        ☼ Track any number of collections
        ☼ Add a coin that's not in the database
        ☼ Any complement given more than a decade ago
 

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