Does anyone know if PCGS offers photography to image the edge of a coin prior to encapsulation like it does for the obverse and reverse using normal True Views?
But I'll say this: If you ask Phil Arnold he'll find a way if he can manage the extra effort with his crazy workload. Phil loves to surprise.
Great idea! But I've never seen a PCGS photo of a coin's edge.
FYI, it's easy to take photos of a coin's edge. All you need is the reflector from a flashlight.
Of course I'd expect better results from a professional photographer -- maybe with photo-editing so that only the edge is shown. Hopefully much better than my amateur effort...
Note: Flashlight reflectors scratch easily. I ruined one trying to clean it. A metal bowl might be a more durable alternative, but I imagine it'd have to be the right size & shape: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/so-i-go-to-a-thrift-shop.291290/
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Actually, they do...but I’m not sure if it’s a regular service that’s performed.
Years ago, I sent in an 1809 bust half in a PCGS holder that I was convinced was an intermediate die state and had the XXX edge (Overton 102) based on the obv and rev die characteristics. I asked PCGS to verify this for me as well as a true view of the coin when it was returned.
The result...I was wrong about the edge and this was the true view I got back....pretty cool if you ask me!
I’m not sure if Phil does this anymore but I know it’s possible.
I am not sure ,but the following photos could be for your reference.
Knowing more information about challenge coins.
I can see where edge pictures would be desirable from coins with lettering there... certainly deserves documenting as well as the obverse/reverse. Had not given this much thought before....Cheers, RickO
I think for special reasons they would consider it. This is a fantastic example of their work.
Instead of an edge photo, how about a short video?
sure is neat to see the TV with the edge-viewable!
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Nice to see this thread resurface. Edge photography is the final frontier. I've had an idea in my head for several months now for how to properly represent a coin's edge from the point of view of someone who would be holding the piece. Whenever I get the time to, I'll eventually put it together.
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I use the flashlight reflector method.
Still in the learning stages.
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