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 Posted 03/20/2017  11:00 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add pristine2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The difference is pretty remarkable. Is there any way to adjust the scanner so the luster is properly reflected?

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 Posted 03/20/2017  11:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is the downside to scanning coins- the technology cannot image luster like film or digital imaging.
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 Posted 03/20/2017  1:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add junior e to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There should be a tone adjustment control that comes up,with the image on Your photo library, but You would be artificially coloring Your image, but at least it would look more life-like.
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 Posted 03/26/2017  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pristine2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are now three sets of pics on the new listing for the same coin: Scanner, Cheap Camera 1 and Cheap Camera 2. Which works best?

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 Posted 03/26/2017  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Check ChildOfTheWheat's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ChildOfTheWheat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks cleaned to me imo

EDIT: Just saw the new photos on the second listing... WOW thats quite a difference! For those viewing this thread in a few months or even years, here are the pics.

Original listing photos/scans:





New photos:



Looks like it may have been wiped at some point, but it still the coin isn't even CLOSE to as bad as I though it was!
Just my humble opinion.
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On your camera photos, you may want to try a background of white, black or grey. Your camera photos are tinting the coin the color of the background. None of the photo are going to help you sell the coin. Camera 1 - your light is hot spoting. Camera 2 - the lighting is better and shows a little luster on the coin, but the coin has a green tint from your background.
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 Posted 04/01/2017  10:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pristine2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks ... I see the green tint now. In real life you can see that the coin hasn't been cleaned. It is, in truth, gorgeous. I just don't have the ability to photograph it properly.
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 Posted 04/01/2017  12:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like the original picture. For a raw 1880 half eagle it's adequate. Slabbed AU's are selling at about $350. Bullion sets the price. Enhancing luster is not necessarily helpful unless the coin is slabbed MS.

If you want dramatic detail use cross lighting. A scanner can't do that.
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 Posted 04/01/2017  12:47 pm  Show Profile   Check Dual-brain's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Dual-brain to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you please explain cross lighting?
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 Posted 04/01/2017  1:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My avatar picture used room light plus a low angle flashlight to pick up the hair details. Here it is bigger.



The 1921 is an MS62 in a slab. It's easier to do on a raw coin. Here's an AU 1925.





Both of these coins have cartwheel luster. But I'm more interested in the sharpness of strike than the luster, so have not attempted to enhance it.

To show the gold tone on the 1921 I needed to tilt it and move the flashlight. Now the luster starts to show. But the shadow on the details goes away.



It's pretty amazing what the new iPhones (1921 shots) can do vs the old ones (1925).
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