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    What would be the procedure to Photograph the edges of a coin?

    I had never thought of it but since I wanted to upload a printed edge the problem came to light.

    Any ideas are welcome

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    Well if it is a slabbed coin you are pretty much out of luck.

    If the coin isn't slabbed, the best way would be to just rest it on something angled. I don't know of any good techniques. Just don't do this:

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    lol that's some good advise there Jesh...

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    Next best sugestion which i received, which seems to work well , is to use a sponge or styrofoam make a slit with a knife on the sponge and stand the coin on the edge wedged in the cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanamaGuy View Post
    Next best sugestion which i received, which seems to work well , is to use a sponge or styrofoam make a slit with a knife on the sponge and stand the coin on the edge wedged in the cut.
    Suppose that would work too. Not sure if it'd do any fine scratches with styrofoam to it but ...

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    Saw this somewhere: use a small bit of wax and stand it on the side. Just enough to give it a little grip/stop the coin from rolling.

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    You are correct , I also found that and the wax can be the one sold on stores for kids braces.

    The next tip i got was to have a double stick tape on the surface to hold the coin.

    All work well if you are only taking one picture , I ran into aliment problems of several pictures of the edge as can be seen on my gallery of the coin with a political protest statement on the edge.

    I continue to learn as the tip to solve the problem thus far is to have the tripod or camera stand very still and not move it , then the coin can be always aligned from above but you also need to align the x and y axis.
    This left me to think on making a turn table where the coin is always aligned and just turning the shaft would turn the coin. The camera would be taking the pictures horizontally. My first try was a worthless penny glued on to a small wooden shaft and into a foam base .

    This edge picture taking turned out more difficult than i had imagined.

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    I'd refrain from anything that can stick to the coin, especially if if it expensive...

 

 

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