Timothy Morton, APSA  

a ROMAIN COIN by Timothy Morton, APSA

October 2020 - a ROMAIN COIN

About the Image(s)

Back in the 1970's while visiting with my Father's parents who had retired to North Wales and was getting into collecting coins as a child, my grandmother gave me this coin she claimed was a ROMAN COIN she got from her father prior to the start of the 20TH Century as she was 7 yrs older than the century assumed she was telling me the truth.

I could get it captured well using close up stuff.

Wondering and then thought why use my scanner, I scanned it and the flip it over on both sides and merged the file two images into one and realized it was less than a 1000 px so I resized the canvas to be 499 x 1000 px using an old version of Photoshop Elements as it works well with the scanner and saved as a JPEG for being able to post this capture of old coin.

9 comments posted

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

What an interesting story about the coins. You certainly challenged yourself thinking of a different way two show two sides of the same coin.

Since you had photographed both sides of the coins separately, would it have been simpler to create a canvas, and copy the two images on to the same canvas. You still could have crated the border to frame the coins.

With your technique, I see dust spots on the white, blown out highlights in the top corners (drag your temperature slider on the corners), and a distracting shadow at the top of both coins. Also, there is a difference in the lighting pattern. For me, this distracts from the beauty of the coins.

  Posted: 10/03/2020 22:41:32
Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
Thank you for ideas/suggestions, since I normal just scan sheets of paper with this scanner.   Posted: 10/04/2020 13:59:06
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Thanks for sending me the coins. I used it to create this image.   Posted: 10/05/2020 19:27:19
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Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

It is such a beautiful coin. It would be interesting to show us how it looked set against a lovely rich background i.e. black. I admired your ingenuity and it is important to experiment.   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:52:34
Timothy Morton   Timothy Morton
Very impressive take on my coin.   Posted: 10/06/2020 04:29:56

Barbara Dunn   Barbara Dunn
Great story and interesting coin. I like the even tones of the coin itself, and the white background brightens up the colors in the coins. Thank you for the explanation of how you took both sides and made them into one image.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:27:29

Steven Wharram   Steven Wharram
An interesting story of the coin Tim. You managed to capture some fine detail even with the scanner. I'm not worried about the bit of shadow, as you'll get that with the scanner passing over a non flat object. However, I would have preferred it if the whole image had been a uniform colour rather than the shades of white that you have. The black background, as suggested by Judith, works well.   Posted: 10/13/2020 05:32:36

Paul Swepston   Paul Swepston
Clever approach to displaying an old coin.   Posted: 10/18/2020 13:19:05

Wendy Stanford   Wendy Stanford
Hi Tim, Wonderful story and very interesting old coin,
I like that you have shown both sides of the coin and the way you achieve this is very clever.   Posted: 10/19/2020 04:36:11


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