Some 360° photos of coins I made

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Kaleun96, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Well-Known Member

    I've been experimenting with 360° photos of some coins the past few weekends, similar to what CNG has had in their feature auctions in the past (or still do?).

    Unfortunately there's no way to embed them in this post as they're dependent on a javascript plugin so I hope it's ok that I share a link to my website instead:

    I don't have for sale, nor advertise the availability of, any coins on my website. It's purely a place to host my collection and some fun things like the 360 photos.

    Here's a screenshot of what the 360° player looks like (unfortunately the coin isn't quite straight in this one!). If on desktop, it will auto-rotate and you can click the coin to stop. You can also click the arrows, use the arrow keys on your keyboard, or click and drag to rotate the coin. The magnifying glass in the top right corner will let you zoom-in but I would recommend my Ultra-Zoom tool for seeing the coins up close!

    Let me know what you think and if you see any other coins in my collection that I should make 360s of next!
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  3. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    This is amazing, like I'm holding the coins in my hand. What kind of camera do you use to take these? Thank you for sharing.
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  4. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    That is amazing, and extremely helpful to actually see the features of the coin. Normal pictures just don't do the coin justice. How did you make these?

    Auction houses and grading companies should use something like this to sell their coins. I think people would pay more if they got to see them in 3D.
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  5. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    If you took a regular picture of the Macedon First Meris Tetradrachm, I would have no idea that the reverse is concaved like that. I also wouldn't see how much depth the features of the coins have.

    Really cool, keep up the good work. I'd love to see more of these. Is anyone else doing stuff like this other than the auction house you mentioned? Seems like a good possible business opportunity for you.
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  6. William F

    William F Well-Known Member

    These are INCREDIBLE! This is the best thing I've seen in a long time, really neat, so much detail that you would never see from a flat picture of a coin...
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  7. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I use a Sony A7R III and Laowa 100mm 2x macro lens. I have some photos and info of my setup on my website here, that's what I use for the "regular" photos anyway!
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  8. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, and I agree more should do them! I know CNG used to make these occasionally and some others have too (maybe Bertolami?). You can buy professional gear specifically for this so I don't think it would be too difficult for big auction houses to create these, especially for the highlights of their feature auctions.

    There's been a few companies that offer both the hardware and software to make these possible but mostly focused on generic product photography for ecommerce. One I came across on Kickstarter looked pretty cool but seems it didn't turn into anything. I'll try share some more info on my website about what I built, it's basically an Arduino + stepper motor so it's not technically too complex.
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  9. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Totally amazing! I salute you.
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  10. Broucheion

    Broucheion Supporter! Supporter

    Hi All,

    Very impressive. It's nice to see the real axis orientation between obverse and reverse.

    - Broucheion
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  11. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title]

    That is really cool.
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  12. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Looks pretty cool. Just checked out the Phillip tet
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  13. Egry

    Egry Well-Known Member

    This is great, thanks for sharing
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  14. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Well-Known Member

    Thanks all, appreciate the comments! Let me know if you see any coins from my Coin Cabinet that you'd like to see in 360°.
  15. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Very cool!
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  16. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    I like this almost more than my dog.
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  17. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    Very nice site - coins, photos and webby/database stuff. I'm doing the Google Maps thing for Greek coins and mints myself and coincientally looked at it today, for the first time in a couple of years :D

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  18. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those are great! My wife says I need to do that with my coins...I doubt I'd be able to :p
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  19. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    This is all very interesting and produces some fine results. I do have one question, however. What difference do you see in achieving input images for focus stacking by moving the camera incrementally closer to the subject as opposed to changing the focus setting on the lens keeping the body position still? I always did my manual focus stacking images by moving the camera but now that I have the focus stacking routine built into my camera (the three most recent Canon mirrorless bodies offer the feature calling it 'Focus Bracketing') I am changing the focus settings. The Canon supplied software has a lot of adjustments that I have not tried being satisfied with the defaults. Because I have stopped buying coins for a while, I have shot very few coins with this feature but it does work for flowers. Perhaps your post will drive me to reshoot some older coins that will benefit from the process. I do not have a 2:1 like the Laowa but find the range of the 1:1 Canon 100mm quite sufficient by leaving extension tubes on the lens at all times. There is no need for infinity focus so there is no need to remove tubes unless shooting things larger than sestertii.

    One suggestion: The 360° images first appear spinning too fast for my taste but work fine when you drag the images. Do you have a control that would auto rotate at a slower or user selectable speed? I do wish there were a way to rotate without the clay but I have failed miserably finding it. I hope you will continue posting the results as you work with this technique.
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  20. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Supporter! Supporter

    Numismatics enters a new dimension !

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  21. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Aidan! Google Maps really has some nice functionality for this, really easy to setup. My main complaint is there's no easy way to update the map with new data, you have to enter a new row in the table via the Maps interface, it can't sync automatically to an existing Google Sheet. Apart from that, it's great for a free tool!
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