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 Posted 07/17/2010  11:09 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add cdiddle to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hi everyone,
would some of you give me your input of what type of lighting you use to examine your coins. I have tried several different types and they all seen to give to much glare and does not show the proper color of the coin. Also, hence my forum name, I can't see diddle either so this does not help.
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 Posted 07/17/2010  1:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add okiepb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cindy,
I use a two lamps - one on either side of me, about three feet apart. I just have regular 60 watt bulbs in each. I have a I have magnifying glasses that I wear and for extra details, I use an additional 5x loupe. I've been happy with it so far. Sometimes, I have to tilt the coins one way or the other to get all the details.
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 Posted 07/17/2010  2:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most pros recommend a single light source. I recommend a "readers" bulb because it has extra frost on it to cut down on glare. You can also use a CFL bulb. I use a 75watt when I am looking at new shiny coins and a 100watt for the others. Hope this helps you some,
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 Posted 07/17/2010  3:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GR58 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cindy
I have been having the same problem, right now I just use one desk lamp.

I hope you get a lot of suggestions... I would like to try something different.

Just curious what sort of coins do you collect?
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 Posted 07/17/2010  5:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cdiddle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank ya'll. I have not tried a lamp on either side nor have I tried readers bulbs. I will try both and see what I end up with.
GoldRush58, I had collected error coins with my grandmother for about 20 years and quit for about 30 years. Now I'm starting all over (I love roll searching) and am mostly into Lincoln errors and learning doubled dies.
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 Posted 07/17/2010  6:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add twincam_04 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i have had a lot of luck with 2 "cheap" walmart lamps... 9.99 each, halogen bulbs with low and high setting-they are desk lamps with approx. 18 inch flexible necks and weighted bases. takes some time to get position, depending on the type of coin- copper vs. silver - but it's getting easier for me to use them

normally I set one on high farther away, then one on low and closer to try and kill the shadows.. my photos aren't perfect, but getting better all the time.. practice,practice,practice
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 Posted 07/17/2010  10:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GR58 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cindy
Interesting .... I hope you still have some or all the coins you collected with your grandmother ..
I like having family coins.
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 Posted 08/21/2010  1:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add CEOcoinshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a throw in here.
PCGS and NGC have a "light" standard, of a single 100Watt bulb in a swing arm type lamp.
They have other light set ups for specialty items. But the standard grading is done with the 100w.
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