Introduction

Hello, and thank you all for visiting my coin collection!  If you came here expecting to see something else other than my coins and paper money, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong website. This site will eventually contain images of all of the coins and paper money I've been collecting over the last 30 years.

Purpose

Please keep in mind that this website is only for my benefit, so I can catalog what I have in my collection, for insurance purposes. 

Are you selling or trading your collection?

Please keep in mind that I am not selling any of my coins, as I am not in the business of selling or trading, so if you ask me I'll likely tell you that you didn't read this message.  :)

Where can I find the coins?

Click the View the Collection link in the right-side menu.

Comments

I've enabled comments on each coin details page, so if you see something that interests you, feel free to comment on it.

Grading

I don't consider myself a good judge of a coin's grade, so if you see a coin that has a grade that isn't quite right after looking at its fine detail, leave a comment below the coin on its detail page.

How did you scan your coins?

I started off scanning my coins using an older model HD video camera on maximum resolution, mounted on a tripod looking down at the table, where the coin is. I found this method to be very cumbersome. If I pressed the shutter on the camera, it moved the tripod mount so slightly that I could never get a proper image and it would always come out blurry. Then I switched to my iPhone, which is not very good for maximum quality. I tried using the flash, I tried hanging a light over the camera without the flash, I tried normal daylight, and I simply could not get the desired quality I wanted. When I decided to see if my flatbed HP scanner/printer would work, I was able to achieve some of the fine detail you see in some of the currency listed. Then I thought, this must be the way to to it! But then I came across another snag. With the HP scanner software, I'm not able to change the size of the scanning area below 4x6". When a coin in its jacket is only 2x2", it ends up scanning a lot of useless area and takes a lot more time at 600 dpi. However, I'm using these settings now and muddling through, one coin at a time. It's going to take a long time to scan everything I have. I guess I'll have to make do with the available resources. If anyone can think of how to do this a better way, with perhaps a different scanning tool, please let me know! I welcome all of your comments and suggestions!

What software did you use to crop your round images?

I use a unique little software package called PhotoScape. It's a free utility, and you can get it here. The only thing that I don't like about this software is that it doesn't scan anything! If it scanned images, then I would use this exclusively as my scanning/cropping software!

Do you clean your coins before you scan them?

This is a no-no for coin enthusiasts! In the past, I have to admit, I have cleaned some coins off with a soft, dry cloth, but I have learned from experience that one isn't supposed to clean one's coins before putting them into their collections! Most of the coins you see have had the most obvious dust particles removed with PhotoScape, because over time, while being encased in coin holders, the exterior of the coin holder becomes sticky for some reason. Then when I take it out of the binder, it gets some dust particles floating through the air onto the sticky stuff. Then when it's scanned while still in its coin holder, the scanner picks up some of the dust, which I then edit out of the image but I leave obvious coin markings alone. I do NOT clean my coins by using harsh chemicals or cleaning fluids. In some cases, I may use a mild dish soap and wash it under warm water, and dry it off with a towel, but I don't like doing this, even at the best of times. It can scratch the coin and lower its value. I also do not take the coin of out of the coin holder. If I did that, I'd be wasting a lot of time and effort, and risk getting fingerprints and other things on the coin.

Enjoy browsing my collection!  There's a lot more to come!

Dan

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