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A Reason to love Reverse Proofs (animated photography inside)

As some of you might know, coin photography is one of my favorite parts of this hobby. I genuinely love taking photographs and experimenting with different methods of presenting coins digitally, and I like a good challenge.

I usually pair axial lighting with a normal set up, regardless of the type of coin, so that the viewer can enjoy looking at the coin from both angles. If listing online, I'll feature both images and include a custom coded button so the viewer can switch back and forth between views.

I very much like Reverse Proofs because they look awesome when imaged with axial lighting. In keeping with what I said above and delving into my background with graphic design and animation, I created an animated GIF that slowly transitions between the axial style lighting and the normal set up. I feel that it really helps bring the digital representation to life. I hope you folks like it too.

Custom album maker and numismatic photographer, see my portfolio here: (http://www.donahuenumismatics.com/).


  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,796 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cool transition gif!

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  • ZwiggyZwiggy Posts: 37 ✭✭✭

    Bravo! I imagine this would be great on toned proofs too!

  • GaCoinGuyGaCoinGuy Posts: 2,680 ✭✭✭✭

    I have mixed feelings on reverse proofs...some of them I think look great while others...not so much. I think it tends to depend on the amount of detail in the coins. I think the reverse proof looks better with less detail.

    I do like that lighting transition...the photography is excellent.


  • NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Excellent photography skills.... Thanks for sharing!

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    I am impressed. It's like dawn to dusk. Peace Roy

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  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,684 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 10, 2024 12:03PM

    Really cool photography.

    Even so, I don’t care for reverse proofs. In y mind, they’re just a marketing/production gimmick, created to sell product.

  • Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BryceM said:

    Even so, I don’t care for reverse proofs. In y mind, they’re just a marketing/production gimmick, created to sell product.

    Like all the modern mint products?

  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,749 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great imaging 👍

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  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,684 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 10, 2024 3:21PM

    Ummmmm, yeah. Mostly.

    I don’t have anything against those who enjoy collecting it, but it’s just not my thing.

    Recently I’ve been selling the bulk of my collection. The little bit of modern mint stuff that I have has been the most difficult to sell. That hasn’t improved my opinion.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,310 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ya gotta love it 👍

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