Your best coin photograph..

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Clavdivs, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    For a real challenge, try photographing coins that are worn so smooth that you cannot make out what denomination, yet alone, what country it is from. I call these "smoothies."

    Photographing them revealing enough detail to attribute them is fun and challenging.





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  3. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Overall I’m probably most satisfied with this one.

    However I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how a few of my photos have turned out such as the ones below.

  4. capthank

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  5. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    AE Follis
    294 - 296 A.D., London Mint, null Officina
    8.85g, 27.0mm, 12H

    Laureate, truncated, bare neck bust right

    Genius standing, facing left, head surmounted by a modius, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera in right hand and cornucopia in left arm

    Exergue: -/-//-

    Provenance: Ex. Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 126, Ex. James Pickering Romano-Britannic Collection, Ex. Gert Boersema

    Reference: RIC VI Lugdunum 14b

    Leo VI the Wise
    AE Follis
    886 - 912 A.D., Constantinople Mint, null Officina
    7.72g, 28.0mm, 6H

    Obverse: +LЄOҺ bASILЄVS ROM',
    Bust of Leo VI facing, with short beard, wearing crown ornamented with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in his left hand

    Reverse: +LЄOҺ/ЄҺ ΘЄΟ bΑ/SILЄVS R/OmЄΟnҺ,
    Legend in 4 lines

    Exergue: -

    Provenance: Ex. Leu Numismatik Web Auction 5, Lot 1307

    Reference: SBCV 1729
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  6. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Do group photos count?

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  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    the detail is stunning.....both in the coin & shot! :)
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  8. Fugio1

    Fugio1 Supporter! Supporter

    I hope so. Here's an old one from the 1980's when part of my collection was early American copper.
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  9. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    My favourite is probably this one....Frustratingly can't remember how I took it, but just remember I liked the result....
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  10. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    This photo feels sexy might delete;) share6729566566887651537.png
  11. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..lQQks like matin' season on the farm...:rolleyes:
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  12. Denis Richard

    Denis Richard Well-Known Member

    Some of my favorite ancients I've shot this year, taken from my Instagram feed.

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2020
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  13. Denis Richard

    Denis Richard Well-Known Member

    I love shooting well worn coins. They are some of my favorites. I've had numismatists use my photos to attribute coins because it was much easier to see the coin's detail in them then with the coin in hand and a loupe.

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2020
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  14. Denis Richard

    Denis Richard Well-Known Member

    It's a very good shot. I really like the subtle colour tones in it. Well done.
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  15. Denis Richard

    Denis Richard Well-Known Member

    I agree. Some coins are super models, and you can't take a bad picture of them, but most aren't.
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  16. Jim Dale

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  17. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    How about them apples?
  18. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I like the Apollo 11 gold coin.
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  19. Kavax

    Kavax Active Member

    100% agree with you, especially the porous metal is often awful in photo despite sometimes being not that bad in hand.
    One of my favorite: perfect orientation which allowed to capture a nice natural light.

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  20. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    Nice coins. I'm not into the very old coins, but I do like to see them and hear the stories surrounding the time they were in circulation. Thank you for sharing.
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  21. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Not my best ever, but best today...and it's Jupiter on a goat!

    Valerian II IOVI.JPG

    Valerian II
    A.D. 256- 258
    AR Antoninianus
    22mm 3.5g
    VALERIANVS CAES; Radiate and draped bust right.
    IOVI CRESCENTI; Infant Jupiter on goat.
    RIC V Lugdunum 3; Göbl 907e

    Göbl assigns this coin to Cologne

    see Göbl, MIR 36, Die Münzprägung der Kaiser Valerianus I / Gallienus / Saloninus (253/268), Regalianus (260), und Macrianus / Quietus (260/262).
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