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Numus the maker of Moneta has been out of business for several years.

Support for Moneta is no longer available.

MONETA 2.0 Quick-Start Guide

Numus Version

1) The Moneta 
      The will autostart the 'Numus Installation Director' (the contains both Moneta and a trial version of the Moneta Reference Edition).  You should check the program you are interested in and then click the “Install” button.  In addition to the program, the the Moneta folder contains subdirectories entitled “Utilities” (which has a hopefully-never-to-be-used data repair utility), “Version Conversion” (containing a file to be run only by those upgrading from Moneta 1.2), and “Manual” (both an ODT file (Open Office) and a PDF file of the Moneta manual). The PDF file requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download from www.adobe.com.

 

2) Installation

      Moneta is designed to automatically begin installation after insertion into your drive, and you can complete the installation by starting on step 8 found on page 5 of the manual.  However, if auto-installation doesn’t start, then follow the installation procedure on page 5 from the beginning.  After installation it is necessary to restart your computer only if you are running Windows XP.

 

3) Authorization Code

     Once Moneta is purchased, simply mail, call, or e-mail Numus giving your validation number and you will be sent your authorization code.  The algorithm for calculating the authorization codes is on file with the Classical and Medieval Numismatic Society and will be released to the public in the unlikely event Numus ever ceases business.

 

4) Overview

      For an overview of Moneta Classic's main screens, see page 8 of the manual.

 

5) What to do first in Moneta Classic

     A) The most important task is to decide upon a numbering scheme. Moneta offers unrivaled flexibility, but a number is essential.  The format is “(8 characters)-(a number)-(8 characters)”.  Both of the (8 characters) pieces (the first is called the prefix, while the second is called the suffix) are optional and even if used can be any length up to 8 characters.  Intelligent selection of a numbering scheme considering your needs will aid in searches.  You can of course change the scheme at any time, but once numbers are assigned they can only be changed one-at-a-time.  Carefully read the “FILE BY” section on pages 9 through 11 of the manual and fill in the “FILE BY” section of the Preferences screen.

     B) You should fill in the size and weight conversion sections to properly set up the Entry screen for your use.  Filling in the attributions section with your most commonly used references will automate your attributions entry on the entry screen.  It’s a good idea to put your most commonly used references first, since in the summary reports only one attribution (the first non-blank one) is shown.  The owner information (as much or as little as you enter) is only used on flips and printouts if you select to Show Owner Info on Printouts under “PRINTING”.  Fill in as much or as little of the Preferences screen as you wish, except that to enter coins the “FILE BY” section must be completed.  You can always change anything on it at any time.

     C) On the “ex” (Compudex) screen you should enter the names (at least) of anyone from whom you’ve bought or sold coins.  You can actually do this at any time, but the “Acquired From” information on the entry screen is restricted to “dealers” in the “Dealer List”.  After you’ve entered the names, add them to the “Dealer List” by clicking on the “Add to Dealer List” button and the name will appear in the “Acquired From” drop-down list on the entry screen.

     D) Now you can begin entering coins.  It’s always a good idea to enter the ruler first since virtually all of the available selections on the entry screen are based on the ruler.  If you don’t know the ruler, “Unknown Ruler” should be selected (unless you can find the ruler by using the obverse or reverse inscription finders available by using “F12" while in the respective fields).

 

6) Obverse Legend, Reverse Legend, Mint Mark, and Provincial City searches in Moneta Classic

     These four popular Moneta features can be called from either the entry screen (pressing F12, Shift-F12, or Ctrl-F12 per the on-screen hint when in an applicable entry) or the Utility screen via their own pushbuttons.


 

7) Color coding

     Places where you may modify the data appear in your Windows color scheme (typically black text on a white background for the default), but places where you may not modify the text, as in informational or status displays, will always be navy blue text on an aqua background.

 

8) Data Backup in Moneta Classic

     Moneta is a data-oriented program.  Much of that data will be your collection catalog, and you will have time invested.  To protect that investment, you should make “Backups” of your data.  You can use your own software to do this, or Moneta offers an easy way to make compressed backups (Click the “Backup Data” button on the Custom screen to start).  See the “Data Backup” section on page 4 of the manual.

 

9) Closing Moneta

     Always properly close Moneta using the ‘X’ symbol in the upper right hand corner of any of the main screens.  Turning off the power (or any sudden loss of power) can result in corrupted data, as you are warned in the “Data Backup” section of the manual.

 

10) Tips for Moneta Classic

     A) You can move from screen to screen by clicking on the tabs at the bottom of the screen, or by pressing the function key (F1-F11) associated with the tabs (noted by the numbers 1-11).

     B) A quick way to “zero-in” on selections from drop-down lists is to type the first few letters before opening the drop-down, which will then open to the closest match to what you typed.

     C) If a drop-down box is selected (highlighted), you can also move up and down through the list (without opening the box) using the “up arrow” and “down arrow” keys respectively.

     D) The easiest way to find a coin in Moneta if you don’t know the number but know the ruler and denomination is via the “Stats” screen.  Once Moneta has dynamically filled in the “Stats” screen, double-click on the number (“cell”) which is at the intersection of the ruler and denomination.  That will take you to the “Filter” screen, which will automatically display more details of the coins of that denomination of that ruler (if you know the mint you can then refine your search even further).  Double-clicking there will take you to the “Entry” screen with the coin displayed upon which you double-clicked.

     E) To import images directly from TWAIN-compliant devices (such as many digital cameras, frame grabbers, scanners, etc.) you must first have set up any image attributes (such as size and type) before acquiring the image from within Moneta, since Moneta bypasses the device’s user interface screen.

     F) Keep images small!!  Moneta is not a graphics program and your images only serve to document and identify.  Moneta accepts bitmap and jpeg images, but internally stores them as jpegs.  Entering a large image only wastes storage space since Moneta stores your original image, but scales it upon display to fit in the allocated space.

     G) Double-clicking on the images on the “Removed” and “Entry” screens causes a mini-screen to open which displays the images four times larger.

     H) The “Image” screen has a simple one button process for combining the obverse and reverse images into one image with the images combined either horizontally or vertically, convenient for internet use.

     I) Legends and mintmarks are in Numus Moneta font.  Upper case gives Greek letters; lower gives Latin.    For quick visual identification of similar letters, all Greek letters use serifs (‘tails’), all Latin are sans-serif.

     J) Filter (search) results can be further sorted by the data in almost any column by simply single-clicking on the column title.

     K) Clicking on the “Moneta2 Free Updates” link in the Start: Programs : Moneta2 group will activate your web browser and take you directly to the Numus web page where the latest Moneta2 program updates are posted for your free download.  The URL is www.numus.com/downloads.htm

     L) Feel free to “play” with Moneta.  You can always delete or change what you’ve entered.

     M) Read the manual, unless you’re an engineer, in which case you’ve already done that  :-)

 

Note:  The Moneta coin is an “Ostia Harbor” sestertius of Nero (RIC-440) from the Numus collection.