Can't Remember If I Showed This - 1793 Chain America

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  1. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector

    Don't remember whether I showed this.




    After looking at my images I find I have to redo them.
    Because the grade (hence the relief) is only VG-10 my standard technique didn't work well.
    My normal angle of lighting is about 75°.
    I'm going to have to reduce it a lot to help accent the design elements.
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  3. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector

    Hmmmm, improving my images is going to be tougher than I thought.
    First two trials resulted in worse (darker) rather than better images.
  4. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    Very nice! And impressive. Lovely example for your type set.

    I’d really love to get one of these someday, but they are so expensive. $2500 for a crappy barely-recognizable hunk of copper is way too much.
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  5. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    See if you can light from the top for the reverse, too -- at first glance, it looked like all the design on the reverse was incuse, which was REALLY WEIRD. I had to look at the shadows from the mounting tabs to get my brain re-oriented. :wacky:

    That said, I'd already be happy to buy based on these photos -- if I had the budget. ;)
  6. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector

    I had the coin oriented wrong when I took the image.
    The lighting came from the southeast rather than the northwest.
    Because of that the relief appears reversed.
    As a onetime cartographer I should have picked up on that.
  7. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Nice coin I’d be happy to own
  8. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Nice example of the S-3, (way better than mine).

    Taking pictures of copper coins is a challenge and an art, and one I have not mastered yet.
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  9. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Awesome coin, feel free to forget if you've shared it and share it again down the road :)
  10. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister The Coin Scavenger © ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Yeah... "only VG-10"... Any of us mere mortals would of course never accept anything less than AU...

    (LOL. J/K. Nice coin. I'd be happy if I could someday afford even a barely recognizable specimen!)
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  11. GenX Enthusiast

    GenX Enthusiast Forensic grammatician

    Just the history encased in that coin, first true US mintage (half dismes apart), 1793... probably touched a few of our founding fathers' hands! 2Gs no worries just to gaze upon all that.
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  12. R_rabbit

    R_rabbit Well-Known Member

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    Hope you don’t mind. I copied and brought out some of the details in your photos. Beautiful coin
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  13. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector

    Oooooo, well done.
    I've got Photoshop Elements but my skills with brightness, contrast, etc. are severely lacking.
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  14. messydesk

    messydesk Well-Known Member

    Nice coin!

    Lighting circulated copper is tricky, because you really want to show the color of the coin along with the details. White balance (and a calibrated monitor) is also critical so that you show the actual color, not one with a slightly sickly tinge to it. Lower the light from where you normally shoot. Start with one light, which will get you the shadows you want, then add a second light nearby that will even the light out a bit without filling in all the shadows. Both should be at lower angles than you'd use for uncirculated (lustrous) coins.
  15. R_rabbit

    R_rabbit Well-Known Member

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    You’re right! Bringing back the copper tone looks great!
  16. Magnus87

    Magnus87 Supporter! Supporter

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  17. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Really nice coin. You can show off that beauty any time
    as many times. Who doesn't love old copper?
  18. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Yeah but. It dont get any better
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  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Your coin is loaded with class. I'm liking the details
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  20. Murphy45p

    Murphy45p Active Member

    Love that coin! Chain cent is on my all time want list for sure!
  21. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    NIce coin, Kanga! Definitely a dream coin for most of us.
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