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How Do I Take A Proper Picture Of My Bills?

 
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 Posted 11/25/2021  6:57 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add westy00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Is a cell phone picture good enough to determine values ? I have a number of decent bills .Thanks
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 Posted 11/25/2021  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Use a scanner. By far the best way.



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 Posted 11/25/2021  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wrekkdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Based on your coin photos I would say a cell phone picture would be fine. Did you inherit this collections or have you your self been collecting for a long time? The bill should have a clear shot of the full bill just to show if there is any creasing. Including a full shot of the front and back. I'm no bill expert but after the coins you have posted I'm curious about your bills. Quite a collection you have there.

Edit: but if you have a scanner available to you it's definably the best way to to show the bills.
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 Posted 11/25/2021  7:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westy00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Scanner makes sense. I have a coin microscope which works great for small coins but difficult with larger coins so I use my phone . Still working on improving shots .
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 Posted 11/25/2021  10:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An issue with scanners and banknotes is that many scanners have built-in software that prevents you from attempting to scan a banknote. It uses the standard security pattern most modern world banknotes incorporate.
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 Posted 11/27/2021  2:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MoneyPenney to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The problem with using a scanner it does not show the folds, creases, nicks, etc. of a banknote very well. Because the picture is so flat it shows the banknote better than it it is. I would be hesitant to buy to buy an ungraded bill just looking at a scanned image. But a scanned picture of a graded banknote is ok; you would be relying on the grade.
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 Posted 11/27/2021  3:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A lot depends on the quality of the scanner, but I agree that scans aren't very useful for evaluating high grade notes.
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