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Junior Member, from Clovis, CA
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I started like most collectors, as a kid searching rolls and rolls of nickels and cents. Also like most, I went through a period of several years with little or no activity.
Up until 5 years ago, I was strictly collecting with no goal or direction, except silver had to be blast white and copper red. I knew nothing about toning other than by another name, tarnish.
About that time, I was introduced to the Matte Proof Lincoln series. After years of buying proof sets directly from the mint and knowing that the numbers minted were in the 2 and 3 million range, I decided to finally have a goal. To complete a set of MPL's, with a yearly population of 600 to 4,000 instead of millions.
The color of some of these coins were phenomenal. About this same time a Morgan collector friend of mine by the user name SkyMan asked if I would take photos of some of his coins. He had a collection of Morgan's that were the most colorful coins I had ever seen. These were from the Battle Creek Hoard which were slabbed by NGC.
Not long after, another toned Morgan fanatic and friend of SkyMan asked if I would take some photos of his. He goes by the name Toneddollars and his collection was every bit, if not more colorful and extensive as SkyMan's.
Slowly I'm turning into someone who is starting to like tarnish, but will now refer to it as toning.
After having started my MPL set, I was approached by other MPL owners if I would image some of their sets. I was fortunate to take photos of some of the nicest, most colorful coins of this series.
I am now a total toner geek with an album filled with not only pictures my coins, but my photos of several hundred other coins belonging to some of my friends. The photos may not have been the best, may not ever be mistaken for TrueViews, but I never charged a dime to do it.
As a result of my collecting and imaging other collections, 90% of them toners, I have become hopelessly in love with color.
Feel free to visit my website to view the eye candy. My personal coins are the first 3 pages. The 4th page is filled with coins that are no longer part of the collection. The other tabs or pages are galleries of coins belonging to my friends that I have imaged, with the exception of Winged Liberty. His tab is present as a showing of another colorful collection belonging to a very good friend. I feel honored to have photos of his collection sitting on the site. Without WL's help and knowledge, the website would probably be here, but would look nothing close to how nice and functional it is. He magically transformed a bunch of data into a work of art.
Collecting and imaging. www.robecsimages.com