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#2185365 - 02/07/08 10:32 AM Numismatic Accessory Recommendations
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I thought it might be nice to start a one-source thread for people to make recommendations about any kind of products that help them with their collecting, aside from actual coin buying.

This might cover:
Cameras
Photography setup equipment
Image conversion software
Storage options
Insurance
Plastic scratch removers
Loupes
etc.

So just look around your collection work-area and see if you can spot anything that you might like to tell other people about.
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#2185470 - 02/07/08 11:26 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Architecht]
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At this point, I feel I should interject something of little importance in the midst of this very educational Q&A.

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Thanks, Arch! It should make it alot easier to "Stop & Shop".

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#2185574 - 02/07/08 12:21 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: cpm9ball]
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Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish was recommended to me by one of the best coin photographers as a good product for removing scratches from slabs for photography. Just rub on with a clean terry cloth in the direction of anticipated lighting. I bought some at an auto parts store and it works well. <$10, IIRC.


Disposable Powder-free Nitrile Gloves are what I wear when handling raw coins. Nitrile is superior to latex for me because I'm allergic to latex. They don't shed lint, they don't collect dirt (as cotton gloves do over time), they're cheap, and you can buy them from a discount warehouse store for <$10/box of 150 gloves.
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#2185626 - 02/07/08 12:47 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Architecht]
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For the advanced collector a microscope can be a really handy tool. Itís not so much for grading, although it does have a role to play in that, as it is for really getting to what genuine coins look like close up. Itís also great for looking at the die finishing differences between business strike and Proof coins. I found it especially useful in comparing Matte Proof Buffalo nickels with their business strike counterparts. To be honest Iíve had a hard time seeing the difference between the two, but under a microscope the differences become far more evident.

There is a dealer who sells these at the FUN shows for reasonable prices. There is where I purchased my 'scope.
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#2185804 - 02/07/08 03:06 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: BillJones]
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Loupes---3X6X9X Zeiss is the best but expensive.

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#2185941 - 02/07/08 04:51 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: PerryHall]
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Most important numsmatic accessory: Very deep pockets. \:D

Seriously....
I love my camera (Nikon D300 + 200mm Macro lens + tripod).
I love my post-processing software (Nikon Capture NX & Photoshop Elements)
I love my website (www.pbase.com)
I love my loupe (Essenbach 3x6x9)
I love my lights (Reveal for photos, Ott and halogen for coin viewing)
I love my cotton gloves
I love my Airtites
I love my Danscos
I love my Safe Deposit Box

But most of all, I love the Forums, for all the numismatic knowledge the members have shared, and NGC for providing for this important censorship-free resource!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#2186102 - 02/07/08 06:20 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: MikeInFL]
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 Originally Posted By: MikeInFL
Most important numsmatic accessory: Very deep pockets. \:D

Seriously....
I love my camera (Nikon D300 + 200mm Macro lens + tripod).


Mmmm...D300...yum, yum...
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#2186392 - 02/07/08 07:56 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: pendragon1998]
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 Originally Posted By: pendragon1998
 Originally Posted By: MikeInFL
Most important numsmatic accessory: Very deep pockets. \:D

Seriously....
I love my camera (Nikon D300 + 200mm Macro lens + tripod).


Mmmm...D300...yum, yum...


hm Knowledge #1 accessory. =
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#2196583 - 02/12/08 07:37 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: rrantique]
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Either a homemade or commercial Photo Copy Stand.
I also built a raised dais to place the coins on to keep from spending 4 or 5 hours bent over-really helps the back. This allows one to sit up straight or even stand if they so desire.
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#2234674 - 03/01/08 11:02 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: jesbroken]
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This may be so obvious that it doesn't need to be said, but I think that the first thing that a new collector should purchase is a Red Book.
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#2273011 - 03/19/08 11:02 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Just Bob]
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The AnMo DinoLite Digital Microscope seems to be the new must have item, especially for VAMs, varieties, die cracks, errors, etc.
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#2277389 - 03/21/08 05:21 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Architecht]
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Having gone through many means of housing non certified coins, I have become a great fan of Eagle 2x2 rigid plastic holders and the pages that they slide in to. I've tried regular cardboard 2x2's, (gee...I wonder what ever happened to the colored ones...blues, green, pink..I'll bet THAT dates me), self sealing 2x2's with the adheasive, flips, Cointains, foam rings, Whitman plastic and so on, but while results have been generally quite good, I am a convert to the Eagle line of holders. If I was starting over, I use these from day 1. A bit pricy, but I think they are the best thing I've found.

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#2277395 - 03/21/08 05:23 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: BillJones]
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I have to agree about the microscope. To detect varieties and stuff, this is an indespensible item. Mine was given to me from the science department of a school where I used to teach, it's kind of old but the coin views are great...especially when looking for really fine details.

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#2361232 - 05/02/08 04:10 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: RI AL]
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One thing many folks overlook is a good stapler. I like the Max HD-50DF Flat Clinch Full Size Stapler. It's not a $3 stapler (costs about $25) but it never jambs and it flat clinches the staples so that coins aren't damaged by 2x2s rubbing together. If you're clinching with pliers you're wasting a LOT of time.

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#2383444 - 05/14/08 07:30 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: wayneherndon]
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I would like to hear from anyone who has had a good experience with some coin inventory software. The ones I see on EBAY have links to PCGS prices, etc. I would like to hear from NGC folks on what software works best for NGC slabbed coins and collections in general. I have accumulated way too many coins, prrof sets, etc., and need some inventory software for insurance purposes.

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to reply,

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#2383761 - 05/14/08 09:52 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Bourbon Trailer]
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The NGC registry is a great tool for inventorying your slabbed coins and it gives you numismedia prices for insurance purposes. I have the rest of my collection inventoried using excel spreadsheet.
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#2408175 - 05/26/08 11:34 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Architecht]
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I was wondering if a fireproof home safe would work well for storing and pretecting slabbed coins? However, if there is a fire, would the temperature inside the safe get hot enough to melt the slabs and ruin the coins. Does anyone have any knowledge about this issue?
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#2415939 - 05/31/08 02:21 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: wayneherndon]
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 Originally Posted By: wayneherndon
One thing many folks overlook is a good stapler. I like the Max HD-50DF Flat Clinch Full Size Stapler. It's not a $3 stapler (costs about $25) but it never jambs and it flat clinches the staples so that coins aren't damaged by 2x2s rubbing together. If you're clinching with pliers you're wasting a LOT of time.

WH


Very true. I love mine. You can find them a little cheaper on eBay.


Another excellent accessory is a simple hobby x-acto knife and replacement blades. They make popping open cardboard 2x2s, airtites, and other holders easy, and they're great for opening up packages too (carefully, of course). Actually, they're useful for about a million things, and they're cheap too.
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#2487541 - 07/09/08 11:32 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Architecht]
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I recently bought 1 sentry .8 cubic foot fire safe (1 hour) and filled it up quickly, so I bought another. The interior is acceptable for mostly anything up to a certain extent (1 hour), I can fit almost 6 2x2 boxes across and 4 high, or 8 NGC boxes per safe. The safe isnt dial or key, there is a keypad.

Make sure when you get one, bolt it against the wall AND floor.

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#2487550 - 07/09/08 11:44 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Architecht]
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Another good idea is to have a home security system...

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#2487571 - 07/09/08 11:57 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: winthorpe]
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 Originally Posted By: winthorpe
I recently bought 1 sentry .8 cubic foot fire safe (1 hour) and filled it up quickly, so I bought another. The interior is acceptable for mostly anything up to a certain extent (1 hour), I can fit almost 6 2x2 boxes across and 4 high, or 8 NGC boxes per safe. The safe isnt dial or key, there is a keypad.

Make sure when you get one, bolt it against the wall AND floor.
You may want to check and see if you need desiccant or some other moister collector to protect your coins.
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#2487629 - 07/09/08 12:29 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: MAULEMALL]
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 Originally Posted By: MAULEMALL
 Originally Posted By: winthorpe
I recently bought 1 sentry .8 cubic foot fire safe (1 hour) and filled it up quickly, so I bought another. The interior is acceptable for mostly anything up to a certain extent (1 hour), I can fit almost 6 2x2 boxes across and 4 high, or 8 NGC boxes per safe. The safe isnt dial or key, there is a keypad.

Make sure when you get one, bolt it against the wall AND floor.
You may want to check and see if you need desiccant or some other moister collector to protect your coins.


Yeah, I have one, they normally come with the safe...

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#2488401 - 07/09/08 07:12 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: winthorpe]
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A nice mechanical scale with 0.01g accuracy and specific gravity capability. Link to Ohaus 310-00 scale.

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#2491661 - 07/11/08 10:03 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Desert Gold]
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There are different levels of fire protection from different safes.

There are other companies, but Liberty (link below) makes some very high quality safes (and insurance companies are familiar with Liberty, at least mine was). The Lincoln model combines form and function, while some models at lower prices provide more than adequate protection. Other companies I am certain have quality safes as well, I just happened to have a local dealer making this practical for me.

http://www.libertysafe.com/safegallery.lasso

That said, some later poster indicates dessicant, and he/she was correct. The larger safe's can be purchased with dehumidifiers, to help protect coins and keep the environment inside the safe "safe" for them. Many safe deposit box rooms in banks are FAR FROM IDEAL for coin storage because they are actually HUMIDIFIED. Banks assume that many customers store precious documents (birth certificates, marriage licenses, wills, cash, and other PAPER) and thus humidify the rooms. However, for coin collectors, this is a nightmarish environment.

When selecting a safe deposit box storage room at your bank, it may be important to find one that is: Not in a basement, that is NOT on an exterior wall that may be subject to weather conditions, that may not be on a top floor and subject to roof leaks, and after all those things, find out from the branch manager whether or not the vault where the safe deposit boxes are kept is humidified (most tellers won't know, or you cannot rely on their answers -- go right to the source).

So, could a fire still melt the contents of a home safe? Sure, if it burned long and hot enough. What you are buying with a safe is not only security, but time. If no one is home, or you live in a remote area, and thus it takes a while before fire crews arrive, that could mean a longer time before the fire is extinguished and thus your safe may reach beyond its protective limit.

This gets into the topic of insurance for your collection, whether you store it in a bank safe deposit box or at home in a safe or otherwise.

Imagine if you stored your collection in a bank safe deposit box in NEW ORLEANS just a couple years ago, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck, and your bank was literally under water for days, weeks or months. How would your precious or even PRICELESS collection fare? The same with a safe in your house! The (large) fireproof safes are RARELY waterproof. Some smaller safes (similar to one described that could be filled with just a couple NGC storage boxes) may be water and fireproof, but could be carried away by a thief. Even if bolted to wall or floor, could be pried off a floorboard.

Back to the fire or flood though and thus the need for insurance. If you are a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), you are eligible to purchase insurance at various levels of coverage and in different amounts through a group plan they have arranged through the Hugh Wood Agency in New York City, a policy underwritten by AXA, a reputable company.

Visit the ANA's web site at http://www.money.org

Before you stop and say "my homeowners will cover it" - think again, and check! Most homeowners insurance policies may cover a coin collection, to a maximum of $250, $500 or possibly $1,000 per loss. For many of us, that may be a single coin - never mind our collections! Also, unlike scheduling expensive jewelry items on your homeowners policy, most homeowners carriers have little to no experience with coin collections, and therefore, are either unwilling or if they ARE willing, will charge excessive premiums to do so. The policies you may obtain through the ANA group plan have options which can save you money if you keep your collection in a safe deposit box, or in a safe, have a security system, etc.

While you need not provide them with a complete list of your collection to purchase your policy, you WOULD need an inventory in the event of a loss to make a claim, which is only reasonable. They do require you to list with them any individual coin items that are worth in excess of $10,000 - another perfectly reasonable requirement.

There are plenty of ways to take inventory of your collection:

1. The NGC Registry is a start. It may not be comprehensive, but it is something!
2. Some people use Excel spreadsheets
3. Some people use a simple pen and paper
4. I've seen software advertised in Numismatic publications specifically designed to help take inventory of a coin collection. Specifically, I've seen the ads in Numismedia, the official publication of the ANA.
5. Personally, I use a Microsoft Access database which I can export to Excel, and I start with a graphic user inter-phase (GUI), with drop-down menus and so on such as:

a. Year of issue
b. Composition (Silver Bullion, Gold Bullion, Coin Silver, Clad, etc.)
c. Item Name (simple name like): 1976-S Proof Ike Dollar
d. Item Description (detailed such as): 1976-S Proof Ike Dollar, PR69 by NGC Serial Number 1234567-001
e. Face Value: $1.00 (U.S.)
f. Purchase Price: $25.00
g. Replacement Value: $40.00 (and I might base this on Numismedia, the PCGS Price Guide, or the Red Book, whatever you have that is available for the subject at hand, and whatever is favorable). Keep in mind that your insurer may use their OWN value in the event of a loss which may be different from yours. Also, when you tally the value of all your coins, it will help decide how much insurance to purchase, so realistic replacement estimates are important!

I know the topic was originally fire safes, but it REALLY does overlap into insurance, the two cannot be mutually exclusive.


 Originally Posted By: Desert Gold
I was wondering if a fireproof home safe would work well for storing and pretecting slabbed coins? However, if there is a fire, would the temperature inside the safe get hot enough to melt the slabs and ruin the coins. Does anyone have any knowledge about this issue?



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#2492716 - 07/11/08 08:17 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: BULLY]
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All of these responses on safes have been very helpful.

Thanks!
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#2495455 - 07/13/08 08:16 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Bourbon Trailer]
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As a follow-up to my earlier post...

I was just thumbing through the "Money Market" (a catalog from the American Numismatic Association - ANA), and I found a couple of software programs for sale.

FIRST: I have no experience with either one of them, so I cannot comment on them.

SECOND: IF anyone here does have experience with them, perhaps they can comment.

THIRD: I read that opened DVDs and such may not be returned, thus my suggestion to ask around.

FOURTH: Two prices, one for members, one for NON-MEMBERS.

FIFTH: The catalog is available online at http://www.money.org

SIXTH: While I am an ANA member, I am not affiliated with the ANA in any official capacity so I am NOT endorsing these items, trying to sell them, nor do I necessarily recommend them. The topic was raised, and these seem to fit the subject at hand. Decide for yourself. As I mentioned, I have no experience with the items at all. In an earlier post, you may have seen that I use a self-created Microsoft Access database. I hope others have experience with either of these and perhaps can comment. I may even be interested myself. It might be nice to have a database that was actually created specifically for this, rather than my homegrown creation. Although Access costs more than these do, so....

Items for instance:

Coin Collector's Assistant Plus, by Carlisle Development Corp.
It says "...Features pricing provided by Coin World. Enter any US coin into the database including commemoratives, government sets, bullion, California gold, Hawaiian, and Colonial issues. Print custom reports and labels including want and sell lists. Load an unlimited number of coins and search across multiple fields including specification, purchase and sale information, condition, certification, inventory codes, notes and more. High quality pictures are included in the program - or upload your own photos. A status line at the bottom of the screen displays the total value of your collection. Pricing updates are available annually from Carlisle Development. Windows compatible." Item SU036 List Price $84.95 ANA Member Price $75.95
There is add on software available for US Currency and for World Coins. SU36C, SU36W

Special Combination Offers also available.

The other item is
Coin Keeper Deluxe Software by HobbySoft.
It says: The only software inventory program that combines a comprehensive database of US coins issued from 1793 to the present and the "Official A.N.A. Grading Standards for U.S. Coins" in one program. Enter coins with ease in the collection entry window and change or delete records as needed. More than 1,000 high quality images by grade help you to evaluate coins in your collection. Coin Keeper Deluxe tracks your collection with multiple reports based on value, sold and want lists or create custom reports. Software updates are available every January from HobbySoft with the current issues and market values. (PC ONLY)." Item number SU038 List Price $89.95, ANA Member Price $85.95

 Originally Posted By: Bourbon Trailer
I would like to hear from anyone who has had a good experience with some coin inventory software. The ones I see on EBAY have links to PCGS prices, etc. I would like to hear from NGC folks on what software works best for NGC slabbed coins and collections in general. I have accumulated way too many coins, prrof sets, etc., and need some inventory software for insurance purposes.

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to reply,

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#2604652 - 09/08/08 11:40 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Just Bob]
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as far as loupes, schneider makes one for use with slides. However, most coins are about the same dimension as a photo slide and is highly corrected and precise. They come up on ebay from time to time and sell for 100-150.

I use a bausch and lomb triplet 10x which isn't ideal but gets the job done manly to look at the high points of the coin devices to check the strike.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/46...ated_Loupe.html


Edited by sinohog (09/08/08 11:45 PM)

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#2892300 - 01/22/09 11:12 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: TDSD38]
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Thanks for the advice so far; insurance will certainly be an issue once my collection grows.

Most fire-proof safes also are designed to retain a certain amount of moisture as well. To help offset moisture with either safes at home or safety deposit boxes, I'm hanging onto the "do not eat this packet" dessicant packets that come with some electronics and other items; they are designed to absorb moisture. Also, I intend to certify any uncertified coin I have of reasonable value and condition for the added protection of a sealed, airtight container. Certifying fifty or a hundred coins worth $5 to $30 each might not be cost-effective, but coins worth $200 or more, carry personal sentimental value, or could grade exceptionally well are worth sending in. Membership in NGC's or PCGS' clubs can be purchased with five and eight included submissions respectively at a discount, making the cost of certification including mail run about $25 per coin.

I have already pulled all of my moderate value coins out of cardboard and PVC holders, switching them over to mylar flips. Some modern silver eagles I collected in the 1990s have already picked up slight toning, and one--naturally, the 1996, has tarnish spots.

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#3271664 - 06/27/09 04:02 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: jesbroken]
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 Originally Posted By: jesbroken
Either a homemade or commercial Photo Copy Stand.
I also built a raised dais to place the coins on to keep from spending 4 or 5 hours bent over-really helps the back. This allows one to sit up straight or even stand if they so desire.


Amen. If you are going to seriously photograph coins a good quality copy stand is a must.

My "secret setup" is a Canon 20D (someday I'll upgrade to a 50D) with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and a diffused Canon 420EX Speedlite mounted on a Kaiser RX-2-XA Copystand.

Here is the Kaiser info:

http://www.adorama.com/KRRS2XA.html

You can pay a little less or a LOT more but this is an excellent German engineered stand that will last for many years.

Also, especially if you are buying gold coins, a good quality digital scale is a must as it's the best way I know to detect counterfeits.

After throwing out two $100 Ohaus Chinese made digital scales that died after about a year of light use I finally found one that works great and actually lasts:

http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/jennings-jscale-jsvg40.aspx

The Jennings JSVG40 is more scale than most coin people will ever need and for about $90 it's a real bargain, especially as it comes with a 20 year warranty. Old Will Knot Scales is a good online vendor with fair prices and well packed fast shipping. I highly recommend them from personal experience.
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#3592571 - 11/18/09 12:15 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Just Bob]
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I was wondering if I was the only one thinking that. The red book was the 2nd thing I got, right after my 1st Morgan.

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#3761659 - 02/02/10 08:52 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: oldmorg]
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With regards to safes, I highly recommend Liberty's "Fatboy" series. Although they are made for firearms, you can buy custom shelving cheaply from the company and remove the gun racks. They are usually fairly secure, and come with a 1 hour fire rating of 1200-1400 degrees. You can also order greater fire protection for a nominal cost, but as with all fire proof safes, you will want to place silica gel to prevent moisture from damaging your coins.

The size of the safes are 60.5" x 30.5" x 42". For collectors on a limited budget, I think it is by far the best option available. I picked up two at a local Bass Pro Shops (or some analog) for $999 each.

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#3762393 - 02/03/10 06:40 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: winthorpe]
RareSov Offline
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Commercial copy stand is a must. Don't mess around, get something secure to put your camera on. Mine has light fixtures and works nicely. The Kaiser reprokid. Some will want the version without lights (I did) which is cheaper, and move your lights around manually

Loupe - Bausch & Lomb 5x aspheric slide out.

Halogen lamp ! any incandescant light source, and use it in a dark room. You cannot properly check your coin surfaces without a proper lamp

NGC slab boxes ! these go great even in a small safe. I can stand 6 on end in mine = 120 coins, plus some extra stuff (mahogany slab boxes)


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#4043878 - 05/29/10 02:09 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: RareSov]
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A good Numismatic Library if that is an accessory.

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#4200829 - 08/15/10 01:43 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: BULLY]
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Registered: 05/11/10
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Loc: Nevada
 Originally Posted By: BULLY
As a follow-up to my earlier post...


Items for instance:

Coin Collector's Assistant Plus, by Carlisle Development Corp.
It says "...Features pricing provided by Coin World. Enter any US coin into the database including commemoratives, government sets, bullion, California gold, Hawaiian, and Colonial issues. Print custom reports and labels including want and sell lists. Load an unlimited number of coins and search across multiple fields including specification, purchase and sale information, condition, certification, inventory codes, notes and more. High quality pictures are included in the program - or upload your own photos. A status line at the bottom of the screen displays the total value of your collection. Pricing updates are available annually from Carlisle Development. Windows compatible." Item SU036 List Price $84.95 ANA Member Price $75.95
There is add on software available for US Currency and for World Coins. SU36C, SU36W

Special Combination Offers also available.


Thank you to anyone who takes the time to reply,
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I have this program and I love it. It updates automatically and is very flexible.

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#4432137 - 12/03/10 11:03 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: helipilot61]
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Posts: 159
Eschenbach 5x Biconvex Precision Folding Magnifier (1177-5) - The is a wonderful magnifier. Large enough to look at an entire coin at once. Amazing piece of glass.


Edited by nazmuth (12/03/10 11:03 AM)

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#5253407 - 11/24/11 05:58 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: nazmuth]
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I am gonna miss that car.


Registered: 03/06/11
Posts: 204
Loc: Ohio USA
As for safes I bought cheapest fireproof safe I coulf find, if you're as lucky as I was with the placement, it is right over the main support beam with the back up against the outer wall. It is bolted to floor and glued to wall, hopefully if I ever have a fire it should survive unless the house is completely destroyed. Another trick to try is buy a cheap gun cabinet, put it in plain sight in bedroom or other non public area of the house, in it I have a bunch of coins that I could live without, but hopefully enough that a burgler would have his hands full and not look for the safe with the good stuff......
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#5254409 - 11/25/11 01:17 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: mailman1959]
johnny9434 Offline
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Posts: 4026
 Originally Posted By: mailman1959
As for safes I bought cheapest fireproof safe I coulf find, if you're as lucky as I was with the placement, it is right over the main support beam with the back up against the outer wall. It is bolted to floor and glued to wall, hopefully if I ever have a fire it should survive unless the house is completely destroyed. Another trick to try is buy a cheap gun cabinet, put it in plain sight in bedroom or other non public area of the house, in it I have a bunch of coins that I could live without, but hopefully enough that a burgler would have his hands full and not look for the safe with the good stuff......


that does work well at times to

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#5865735 - 07/21/12 05:16 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: coinman23885]
newprepper Offline
I was posting here when you were in diapers.


Registered: 07/07/12
Posts: 3387
Loc: IN
If you take out the gun racks........where do you put your guns?
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#5866522 - 07/21/12 10:37 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: newprepper]
newprepper Offline
I was posting here when you were in diapers.


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Loc: IN
Guard dogs, and guns, and stickers on your windows stating you have guard dogs and guns will make burglers think twice before entering. And all the other stuff already mentioned is good too.
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#6079812 - 10/16/12 03:58 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Just Bob]
Durham Collection Offline
Learning the Ropes


Registered: 10/09/12
Posts: 20
I would say three overlooked items that most "serious" collectors truly need are:

-A license to carry along with a .223 Assault Rifle loaded and ready to handle possible intruders

-Serious collectors need a bomb proof jewelry style safe that is attached to a foundation with heavy duty bolts installed by a professional.

-Insurance on your collection

Fancy photos on your online registry won't have much value to any collector once you are robbed. Wouldn't you just love to hit the "Delete Set" button and erase everything you worked so hard to build. Interesting thought? Learn how to avoid that situation!
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#6197293 - 12/04/12 10:48 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: Durham Collection]
rmpsrpms Offline
I am gonna miss that car.


Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 204
Loc: Santa Clara, CA USA
Bausch & Lomb Stereo or StereoZoom Microscope. They are selling cheap on eBay recently.

Plastic tipped tweezers, especially for copper coins.

TAP plastics 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 clear acrylic boxes. Fit 20 OBW Cent rolls. Add a dry dessicant pack, a moisture indicator, and seal the top with Kapton tape and you have archival storage for your OBW rolls for 100 years

TAP plastics snaptop tubes. 3/4" inside diameter yellow tubes fit 15 Cents. Perfect for sorting varieties

Membership to the ANA, and your choice of specialty groups like CONECA, etc


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#6658390 - 05/02/13 12:27 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: MercuryMan]
Arizonadesertrat Offline
Collectosaurus Rex


Registered: 07/21/07
Posts: 407
Loc: AZ
 Originally Posted By: MercuryMan
A good Numismatic Library if that is an accessory.


It is the most important accessory, after a loupe and a lamp.
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#6884715 - 07/24/13 05:55 AM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: cpm9ball]
99thin Offline
Just got here


Registered: 07/24/13
Posts: 1
very useful information. thanks a lot for this.

thanks
99thin 99thin

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#7036466 - 09/22/13 04:57 PM Re: Numismatic Accessory Recommendations [Re: 99thin]
Andrew A Offline
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Registered: 09/22/13
Posts: 1
I'd recommend coin & paper money application.
LignUp Multi Collector a program to organize coin/money collections. Works on Mac OS & Windows.
The most important feature of the program - everything can be customized - any fields, statistic, preview, cards, reports!
I am able to manage my collection, calculate weights of all metals (any formulas accepted), generate reports (labels) etc.
Free version available - enough for starting and viewing existing collections on additional computers.
http://lignup.com/coincollecting.html

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