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The Difference Between Imaging Slabbed Coins and Raw Coins

FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

I rarely get to image the same coin when it is both raw and slabbed, but it does happen on occasion. Almost 95% of what I shoot is slabbed as well, so when I do get a chance to image a coin raw I take it.

I cracked out this 1943-D nickel today and reshot my images, and the difference is quite apparent. The color immediately pops more, and you get more of the color showing through. Oftentimes the slab glare will limit a photographer, but when that is removed a lot more can be done to capture color. You also get a lot more clarity with a raw coin, as is expected.

Here is the slabbed image set:

And raw:

Young Numismatist, Coin Photographer.

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    retirednowretirednow Posts: 471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Frankly I see little difference - which is compliment for your slab shot ... nice photos

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    shortnockshortnock Posts: 371 ✭✭✭

    Yes! Nice photos, both ways.

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    Excellent pics and information.

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    yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are you using the same light source for both?
    A brighter light for the slab photo might make it closer to the raw photo.

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    labloverlablover Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Raw provides a 'sharpness' not available in the slap due to glare. It's quite evident in the Reverse shot.

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    labloverlablover Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I thought you were now in school, at Duke?

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    labloverlablover Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lablover said:
    I thought you were now in school, at Duke?

    Oh, Duke just got beat by NC State in the Elite Eight.

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    FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @yosclimber said:
    Are you using the same light source for both?
    A brighter light for the slab photo might make it closer to the raw photo.

    Very similar lighting, but not exactly the same.

    Young Numismatist, Coin Photographer.

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    Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 2,111 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I see a difference! Pretty obvious too. Makes me want to crack all my coins out!

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    messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,701 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Much bigger difference on the reverse than the obverse.

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    yspsalesyspsales Posts: 2,213 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Subtle but noticeable.

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    SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,716 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 1, 2024 11:31AM

    Go Falcons.

    Fall football at Falcon stadium is awesome.

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    labloverlablover Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @FlyingAl said:

    @lablover said:
    I thought you were now in school, at Duke?

    No, sorry. I’m finishing up my senior year and will be attending the US Air Force Academy next year.

    Like Red Bull, the US Air Force Academy gives you wings. All the best!!!

    "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers
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    etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,795 ✭✭✭

    Would be happy with either set of images. Nice pics on them all.

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    airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 21,908 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is also an area where it really depends on the coin. The less indirect light it needs, the closer slabbed and raw photos will be to one-another. A lustrous Morgan? Nearly identical. A toned proof Indian? Night and day.

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    airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 21,908 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @FlyingAl said:

    @lablover said:
    I thought you were now in school, at Duke?

    No, sorry. I’m finishing up my senior year and will be attending the US Air Force Academy next year.

    Congrats! I briefly thought about applying there, but my mom said I couldn't take an order, so there went that idea...

    JK Coin Photography - eBay Consignments | High Quality Photos | LOW Prices | 20% of Consignment Proceeds Go to Pancreatic Cancer Research
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    rnkmyer1rnkmyer1 Posts: 525 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Like all 4 shots, but the raw ones are extra fabulous!

    “The thrill of the hunt never gets old”

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,303 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Reverse is the major difference, maybe lighting. Great job, regardless. Congrats on the Air Force Academy. Best of luck.
    Jim


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