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For anyone interested here is an interview with Phil Arnold on YouTube

Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 730 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 27, 2024 4:08AM in U.S. Coin Forum

I'm not sure if this has ever been posted before.

https://youtu.be/4h_Ah8wwaNM?si=aCDFJDPgGPzLQxz7

Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

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  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting this. Enjoyed it, and very informative.

  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,760 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice interview.

    Phil is absolutely right - Proof Mercuries can be a pain in the butt.

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,218 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks, I enjoyed listening to it too

    Mr_Spud

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,572 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cool 👍

  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,787 ✭✭✭

    I enjoyed the interview.
    Thanks for the post.

    etexmike

  • winestevenwinesteven Posts: 3,988 ✭✭✭✭✭

    OK, I’m lazy. Can someone be kind enough to share highlights, in addition the point made above that Proof Mercs are troublesome?

    Thanks.

    Steve

    A day without fine wine and working on your coin collection is like a day without sunshine!!!

    My collecting “Pride & Joy” is my PCGS Registry Dansco 7070 Set:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/type-sets/design-type-sets/complete-dansco-7070-modified-type-set-1796-date/publishedset/213996
  • lermishlermish Posts: 1,773 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PhilArnold said:
    What a blast from the past... but 6+ years later and I still can't bear to listen to this. But I recall I gave a good description of what the rationale behind TrueView photographs are versus other approaches to numismatic photography.

    Shooting proof mercury dimes through the holder as I do now adds an additional layer of complexity. I'd add brilliant proof buffaloes to that list of challenging coins as well.

    Well, to be honest, everything is more challenging now because I shoot exclusively through the holder. But, all in all, I think the work I'm now doing at GreatCollections is some of the best work I've done.

    The pictures at GC are amazing. Really well done! To what do you credit the improvement on an already high level? Just the volume being lower to allow for more time with each coin?

  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,410 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 29, 2024 12:33PM

    Phil, I know you just got a new job at GC. I hope you are being paid well for your talents.

    I took a different route with my coin photography. I became a coin dealer and only photograph my own coins. I make part of my profits from the arbitrage between buying coins from poor photos and then reselling those coins with fantastic photography for a profit with my time as a photographer built into my cost.

    Have you ever considered this route?

    It is tremendously rewarding working for yourself.

    Good luck moving forward, Chris

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,320 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great listen. Thanks for sharing.

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
  • PhilArnoldPhilArnold Posts: 20 ✭✭✭

    @lermish said:
    The pictures at GC are amazing. Really well done! To what do you credit the improvement on an already high level? Just the volume being lower to allow for more time with each coin?

    Thank you. There's some room to spend a bit more time on each coin, and more importantly room to experiment.

    Phil Arnold
    Director of Photography, GreatCollections
    greatcollections.com

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,683 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PhilArnold said:

    Thank you. There's some room to spend a bit more time on each coin, and more importantly room to experiment.

    Phil, you draw the color out of proof Jefferson nickels better than anyone I know. What do you use as a light source for these?

  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @winesteven said:
    OK, I’m lazy. Can someone be kind enough to share highlights, in addition the point made above that Proof Mercs are troublesome?

    Thanks.

    Steve

    Pour yourself a glass of wine and watch the interview, I think you will enjoy the perspective and appreciate the work Phil and his brethren do.

  • PhilArnoldPhilArnold Posts: 20 ✭✭✭

    @davewesen said:

    @PhilArnold said:

    Thank you. There's some room to spend a bit more time on each coin, and more importantly room to experiment.

    Phil, you draw the color out of proof Jefferson nickels better than anyone I know. What do you use as a light source for these?

    Thank you, but I'm sorry I cannot reveal my trade secrets.

    Phil Arnold
    Director of Photography, GreatCollections
    greatcollections.com

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,683 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The PCGS employees doing it now, overpower the light colors with too much light. With my recent true views, many were worse than I can do myself.

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