Recommendations on Coin Magnifier

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Del King, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. Del King

    Del King New Member

    Requesting recommendations for a good coin magnifier. All suggestions are appreciated.
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  3. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    A good trinocular microscope with zoom capability and camera attachment.

  4. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    I got mine from Books a Million a few years back; I think it's x16? Never had a reason to look elsewhere.
  5. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Cpm9ball is correct IMO, but if you want something smaller for shows or such, you want an triplet ( 3 pieces of glass) apochromatic ( to get rid of color fringes from lighting) thus making it easier to tell if real doubling or fake images on the edges. The magnification can be anywhere from 5-6 to 16X, depending on what you most commonly look for in a coin. I use a 10X which is a compromise.

    I can recommend this one, although there are others at different pricing.

  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Magnifier choices depend on what you are looking for on the coins. 16x is awfully strong if you are looking at whole coins but OK if you like tiny flyspecks. I get a lot of good out of a pair of Dollar Tree $1 +3.25 diopter 'reading glasses' (the strongest diopter they have). You can pay more elsewhere and get +6 diopter. They allow seeing in 3D which shows things that you miss squinting with one eye. You will look 'funny' wearing them over your prescription glasses and finding the pair that fits your needs just right may require standing there and trying on several. They sell singly in stores but by the case online.
  7. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I've got a 3x-6x-9x loupe.
    Plenty good for everything except photographing coins.
  8. abuckmaster147

    abuckmaster147 Well-Known Member

  9. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Three years ago, Santa put this is my stocking. It is made by Mobius and has three different power lenses that easily snap on or off. Best part is two high power LED lamps that shed light on the coin you are magnifying. Less than twenty bucks from Amazon. I own many lenses but this is the one I always reach for.
  10. Robidoux Pass

    Robidoux Pass Active Member

    I tried looking this hand lens up on Amazon and could not find it. Do you have a link? thanks.
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  12. rmpsrpms

    rmpsrpms Lincoln Maniac

    For use at home, I recommend an enlarger lens rather than a loupe. They are far better corrected than ANY loupe and are cheaper for better quality.
  13. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

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