Silver Washed Coin Pics, Plastic Tombs and Happy Friday

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by IMP Shogun, Dec 10, 2021.

  1. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    Happy Friday everyone, we made it!

    Today the clouds aligned perfectly for me, and I was able to free Hercules from his plastic tomb:

    6.104 Maximian Carthage Follis.jpg
    Maximian 287–305 A.D. follis RIC VI 31b (haven't even weighed and measured yet!)
    NGC 4935642-001 (take a look and see why I broke him and her as it were out of their tomb)

    Also, I'd love to hear any tricks you all have for taking pictures of silver washed coins. While I've had some success treating them like a silver coin in terms of exposure, it still looks rather chalky and not representative of the coin:
    6.018 DIOCLETIAN (284-305). Follis. Siscia..jpg
    DIOCLETIAN (284-305). Follis. Siscia.
    IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG with Laureate head right.
    Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.
    RIC 131a 30mm 10.09g

    6.301 Galerius Carthageresized.jpg
    Galerius as Caesar 293–311 A.D. follis Ric VI 30b (this one looks so good...)

    6.005 Diocletian Nummus Treveriresized.jpg
    Diocletian 284-305 A.D. follis RIC 524a I

    Severus II 306–307 A.D. follis RIC VI 25b

    Maximian 287–305 A.D. follis RIC 31b

    Since I love these late Roman Tetrarchy types it's important to me that I get better at it!

    I'd love to see your tetrarchy, silvered or hear of any of your photo tips. BTW, the above was zero post-production I know that's another way to get the silver looking, well Silver..., but I know there are probably some ways with camera settings I can get close.

    Thanks, and happy Friday to all once again.
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  3. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Those are great…What process do you use to free them. Pry?
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  4. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    meat tenderizer on the side a few times and it’s like voila’ open sesame
  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Interesting way to open them. Some nice coins there and happy Friday!
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  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Shogun, You've posted a handsome group of nummi :happy:! One thing you should keep in mind is the longer a silvered nummus is exposed to the natural air we breathe the darker the coin will become, like the first coin you posted. The same thing holds true for nummi that are kept in safe-flips. The open part of the safe-flip will tone the coin in that area. I like to keep silvered nummi is slabs to prevent them from turning grey/black. As far as photographing them, all my shots were taken in diffused sunlight. Pictured below are examples from my collection. Nummi that have kept most of their silvering are rare.

    2491170-022, AK Collection.jpg

    2491170-023, AK Collection.jpg

    NGC 2491170-013 Al Kowsky Collection.jpg

    NGC 2491170-025, Al Kowsky Collection (2).jpg

    The last three coins have lost most of their silvering, especially the last two.

    3807482-003, AK Collection.jpg

    NGC 5767880-013, RIC VI 92b.jpg
    NGC 5767882-153 Al Kowsky Collection.jpg
  7. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    ..Yes I have the same problem....By the way really nice looking coins!

    Here's a couple of Lic I.
  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    Silvered coins are not all that different than silver coins until they get a little wear and become 'part silvered' coins. Those resist my efforts to photograph. In general, I try to keep the light soft. I wish I would remember not to buy them.
    Diocletian with too little or too much silver:
    ru3450aa2153.jpg ru3450aa2153crop.jpg
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator


    Finally, somebody who has a slab-opening technique more ridiculous than mine! :p

  10. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Case in point:
    Constantine I ("the Great")
    A.D. 307-337
    Cyzicus mint, A.D. 307
    RIC 26b
    Rev: GENIO AVGG ET - CAESARVM NN - Genius, with modius on head and chlamys on shoulders, holding patera and cornucopiae.
    KA in exergue; ✳ in right field.
    27 x 29 mm, 10.1 g.
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