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Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 28, 2021 4:52PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I took some iPhone pictures a couple of weeks ago of one of my coins, but now I accidentally found out it already had some old True View (correction - PCGS scan image) images. I usually don’t go through the trouble of taking pics if a coin has a True View or other usable image available. But now I’m wondering which I like better. Which images look better to you forum members? I’m trying to get all my slabbed coins to have images in a digital album on my phone and also on some circulated slabbed Type Set registry sets here and across the street. Thanks, in advance, for any replies. I’m not gonna say which images are which just yet to try and keep it objective.



  • BustDMsBustDMs Posts: 1,448 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bottom for me.

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  • joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,594 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep, bottom photograph would be the host's T.V. ;)
    Although, the top pic is mighty good as well.

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,393 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The bottom images are of better quality in several ways, focus, color, depth of field. Did you use selective settings? Peace Roy

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  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The lower photo actually captures the chiseled look of a Type 1 Buffalo Nickel, which is what made the coin my choice to collect to begin with. So, no question for me.

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  • bronzematbronzemat Posts: 2,570 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bottom for me as well.

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  • MidLifeCrisisMidLifeCrisis Posts: 10,503 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TomB said:
    I like the bottom image better as it appears to show greater depth of field as well as apparent luster.

    As usual, I agree with @TomB

  • ColonelKlinckColonelKlinck Posts: 366 ✭✭✭

    Definitely the bottom image. The top one looks "washed" out and dull, sans any luster.

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bottom one.

  • RollermanRollerman Posts: 1,818 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just to be different...nah, it's the bottom one for sure!

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  • koynekwestkoynekwest Posts: 10,048 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like image number 2.

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2021 5:01PM

    Wow, it’s unanimous so far for image 2. That’s my iPhone picture version, the top image is the PCGS scan image. I thought maybe it just looked better on my phone and/or because I took it myself.

    Ever since I read that WD-40 thread about putting oils on scratched slabs to hide the scratches and started using isoparaffin (volatile mineral oil) to take my iphone pictures the pictures have been coming out better. It’s like the camera doesn’t see the slab anymore and it focuses on the surface of the coin with more depth. Here’s the original unedited pictures so you can see how the oil makes the slab invisible. The oil even makes the glare from the lights move to the periphery of the oil leaving no glare on the coin. I’m not using any special settings, it’s just the autofocus can focus on the coin better


  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,293 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The top image is not a TrueView, it is a scan that PCGS sometimes takes of coins.

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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2021 5:02PM

    @TomB said:
    The top image is not a TrueView, it is a scan that PCGS sometimes takes of coins.

    That makes more sense and explains everything, thanks. I’ll update the title of the thread so it doesn’t call it true view. I found the PCGS image when I started to try and make a registry set today when the image loaded automatically. And then I looked up the Cert # and the image was there. I’m really liking the pics I’ve been taking using the oil though. The only problem is that I already took pictures of over 70 slabbed coins and took them back to the bank sdb. Now I’m not satisfied with them but I’m too lazy to go get them from the bank to take new pics 🌚


  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely the second one
    nice nickel :)

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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2021 5:34PM

    Here’s another one that I accidentally found today already had a PCGS image that I could have used instead of having to take pictures myself. Only, unlike the last one that was a PCGS scan, this one is for sure a PCGS TrueView because it says so. I think the TrueView looks better than my iPhone picture in many ways, but the color of the coin in hand more closely matches my iphone image. In fact, the reason I bought the coin for my circulated type set is because it looks so much like real wood and I thought that was cool, but the TrueView looks more reddish and less like wood. I wonder if the coin still had some red in it when they took the TrueView and the red turned more brown or something after it was slabbed. Or maybe they use warmer lighting or something?


  • abcde12345abcde12345 Posts: 3,404 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Jimnight said:
    Bottom one.


  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,669 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bottom images are my favorite for both coins.

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  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,665 ✭✭✭✭✭


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  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Two. Well done.


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  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,058 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Door # 2.

  • Tom147Tom147 Posts: 1,305 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not one to buck the trend. Bottom on both.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree with everyone... the bottom image. Great picture... Cheers, RickO

  • ponderitponderit Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice coins, great images. You've inspired me, now I know what I'm doing this weekend, pic time.

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  • keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    bottom and bottom.

  • abcde12345abcde12345 Posts: 3,404 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @keets said:
    bottom and bottom.


  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For this coins image I can’t get past the color being so far off for the True View image. I like the True View image better because you can enlarge it much more than my iPhone picture without it pixelating, but I’m either going to use my image or see if I can tweak the True View to match the actual color of the coin. Thanks everyone, for your input. I’ll post a pic of the True View if I am successful in getting it to match the color of my picture which is true to the way the coin looks in hand.


  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 29, 2021 7:25PM

    I tweaked the True View to match the color of the coin in hand. It’s much closer now but still a little bit redder than the actual coin. And I put the True View images into my custom format so it matches my other coin images. I think it turned out good enough to use but I’ll probably end up tweaking the tint more to make it look even more like the coin🌞


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