Photographing an entire coin collection?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by icerain, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Hello Coin People,

    Last weekend I took 198 slabbed coins from a SDB to play at home. I hadn't seen these coins for a long time & it was nice to make their acquaintance again. The SDB coins included my proof collection of Liberty nickels and an MS collection of Liberty nickels. There were also a bunch of other really cool coins ranging from $5 coins to $5,000 coins. In total there were 198 in the box. Before returning them to the SDB I photographed them all to create a record of what was in the box. I rapidly took two pictures of each coin & probably invested about an hour photographing all 198 slabs. :smile I then had to invest much more time just to align & crop the 400 photos. :( The pics are not really glamour photos that I would be proud to post here at CT but I think they are very adequate to describe the contents of the SDB. What do you think of these pics?

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  3. tonedcoins

    tonedcoins New Member

    I don't have coins... :(
  4. iGradeMS70

    iGradeMS70 AKA BustHalfBrian

    Lies, Rigo... Blatant lies! :yes:

    -Brian
  5. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

    OK... let's finish the statement:

    "I don't have coins... I have (fill in the blank)".
  6. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Here is one in the SDB that I didn't remember having..... But now I remember.....:rollling:
    I got the coin in a PCGS holder & planned to have it crossed to NGC. Not having a submission planned, I stored it away and it got stored in the SDB with my other DDR half dollars. I'd actually forgotten about it until now. Of course, this was a nice surprise. Now I wish that I had taken a better photo to view the details of this particular doubled die reverse.

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  7. Cazkaboom

    Cazkaboom One for all, all for me.

    Numismatic collectibles as far as the PO is concerned :D
  8. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    Yeah Collect, I love being surprised by DDO's I forgot I had stashed in my SDB with other sweet coins. :rollling: But seriously, some beautiful coins.
  9. blu62vette

    blu62vette Member

  10. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    All my ancients are in my sig here, my U.S. coins are posted on the NGC site but only a few have photos. Ive never had a desire to take pics of them all. Quarter of then are problem based.
  11. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    I have always enjoyed your images vette. Nice work.
  12. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    That is a serious numismatic photographic masterpiece.

    All are great coins. I particularly like the 1879-S from the Key West Collection.
  13. icerain

    icerain Mastir spellyr

    Collect89, while I do like the pictures I feel that a lot of details are lost when its not cropped close. Thats one of the major reasons why it takes so long. The copying and pasting is fine but then I do like to create a new background for it. I would say a hundred coins may take half a day or more time.
  14. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    That sounds about right. I think you are right on with your estimate. Maybe a little longer for someone who is not very comfortable in the graphic software.
    I am very proficient in graphics software (I use Adobe Fireworks for coins), and I will say taking the image, transferring it to the computer, doing adjustments, cropping and exporting, it takes me on average, probably about 4 minutes per coin. So 100 coins at 4 minutes a coin would be 6.6 hours. That's if I can even focus long enough to do that many.
  15. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    It is a marathon not a sprint. I never photograph more than 10 coins in one day.
  16. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    True. :)
  17. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    A tightly cropped glamour photo of obverse & reverse would take much more time

    The slab photos I posted on this thread are not glamour photos. They are intended to document what is in that one SDB. That is why I took 400 photos in an hour. For their purpose, they came-out OK.

    Here are some pretty coins & coin photos IMO. In order to take & edit similar glamour photos of 200 coins would probably take 200 x 2 x 10 minutes/coin = 66 hours. (These coins are not in that SDB).

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  18. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    I think I've only photographed like 15-20 of my US coins, and scanned a dozen maybe XD

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  19. Cazkaboom

    Cazkaboom One for all, all for me.

  20. jjack

    jjack Captain Obvious

    I tend to crop my shots like this make it nice when you print it out. I need to tweak this a little more but here is one i am working on:

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  21. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    That is very impressive I must say. You have created somewhat of an empire.




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