Picture of coin

Taking a picture of the coin is a very important skill, especially if you would be using the picture to sell the coin online. Picture is a huge part of marketing in online auctions and it's known fact that auctions with better pictures would bring the best results. Here are some pointers on how to take a good picture of the coin:


Coin Picture

Picture of the coin

Scanner VS Digital Camera

  • Although scanning coins are faster, it's probably the only reason why you would choose a scanner over digital camera for taking coin pictures.

  • Pictures of the coins taken with digital Camera show details of the coin much better than the scanned coins see example below:
    Coin Photo
    Coin Photo
    Coin Scan
    Coin Scan
  • Conclusion: Digital camera is a better choice for taking coin pictures, especially for coins with ramaining mint lustre.

Taking coin pictures with digital camera

  • Fix your camera with a tripod and use macro mode or macro lense to take coin pictures

  • Don't even try to use internal flash of the camera, it will reflect from coin surface and you will never get a good coin photo

  • Use LCD monitor when taking coin pictures, you will be able to preview depth of field

  • Cross-lit the coin to bring out details

  • Switch to aperture priority mode and select a small aperture such as f/8 (F8) this will increase depth of field and show details of the coin better.
    (NOTE: Remember smaller the aperture bigger the F number)

  • Use Adobe Photoshop or any other image editing software to resize these photos. You can do it very fast with free Image Resizer by Microsoft.

Coin Picture News
Italy looks to past to honor a legendary ruler on commemorative coin
Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus (also known as Trajan) is depicted on a new €10 coin from Italy. Coin images courtesy of the Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca Dello Stato. Italy’s latest coin delves far back into history to honor a famous ruler. Marcus Ulpius ... more info

Coin laundry bandit jailed
Both men were startled and ran, dropping a pry bar they were using to break into the coin boxes of the laundry machines. Kenney was identified in photos snapped by the resident as the men fled. Ten days later, a resident of an apartment building at 257 ... more info

Op-Ed: Trump bans American use of Venezuelan petro coin
The government's positive picture The Venezuelan newspaper reports that the government claims that the sale of the coin in the last seven days has raised $3 billion from a total of 127 countries. The money will be used to cover the financial needs of ... more info