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It's been forever since I've posted a couple of coin pictures.

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I'm currently in love with coins from la Casa de Moneda de Mexico (House of Coins of Mexico, the national mint). I've got a friend in Mexico who is into coins and I get all these from her.

Look at the detail on the Aztec Calendar and Don Quijote coins, hell, all of them for that matter.

These are all silver BTW.
 
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Look at the detail on the Aztec Calendar
That's not just a coin... that's a work of ART!
As always, your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing with us.
 

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Yes, very nice.

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is that aztec coin 1 ounce? also what years was that coin minted and what does the other side look like?
 

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is that aztec coin 1 ounce? also what years was that coin minted and what does the other side look like?
The coin is also made in 1 oz but this example is a 2 oz version, it's my understanding that the 1 & 2 oz coins were made in 1993. It's also made in a kilo size, the pictures I've seen are mouth watering but they are extermely expensive.

If you want more info and aren't too uncomfortable in printed Spanish, I buy all of my Mexican stuff from this lady's site, she writes and speaks excellent english: http://anforazul.blogspot.com/2008_04_01_archive.html

Here's a shot of the reverse of the 2 oz coin, the reverses on the 1 & 32 oz coins are different. This reverse show all denominations of current Mexican coinage. Truly wish I has a kilo to shoot---:love:
 
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Boobies!!! :Boobies:
Here's the hottest thing going on coins (I won't show the 2010 Britannia, you can blow lunch over that skank):
 
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"A couple of pictures??" How about renaming the thread "Unabashed Gratuitous In-Your-Face PM PornFest: Ag! Au! Don't Stop!"

Thanks for the great pics. Lots there to drool on -er-ahem, over -um- about.

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Tom's pics on the previous site inspired me to get the Don Quijote coin and become more interested in the Mexican coins in general. :)
 

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Tell ya what, whoever did the die engraving for that Aztec Calendar coin deserves an award or some kind of official recognition!

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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomd77/4225596290/" title="Gold Britannia Coin by TomD77, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2799/4225596290_7dc98e0946_b.jpg" width="1024" height="790" alt="Gold Britannia Coin" /></a>
What's that line at 9:00 ? Hope it's not on the coin.
 

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yah theres a similar one coming off the elbow.
 

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What's that line at 9:00 ? Hope it's not on the coin.
Naw, that's just some piece of junk floating around, looks like an insect leg. I still have the coin and it is pristine.
 

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Tom -- great coin pics, as always.

Can I ask how you do the lighting for them? That always seems to be my biggest challenge when photographing small objects, particularly when they can be somewhat reflective.
 

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Tom -- great coin pics, as always.

Can I ask how you do the lighting for them? That always seems to be my biggest challenge when photographing small objects, particularly when they can be somewhat reflective.
I've got 5-6 lights on each of the interior shots, through a gauze to diffuse (important). If you look at the shadows, you'll see the predominant light (but not all) on my shots usually comes from the 10:00 to 2:00 direction and low enough to creat the shadows that define the coin. You just have to play with it to find the point where the light illuminates the coin but doesn't reflect directly back to the camera to creat hot spots. It's like anything else: practice.

Oh, and you HAVE to use a tripod, remote release and shoot very high f stops and let the shutter speed be damned. This means you need manual control of the camera. At one time GIM member MorgantheGoat was using a point and shoot camera to make some quite credible coin shots.
 

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Thanks for the info -- I just clicked over to Flickr and saw the pic you posted of your setup; very nice.

BTW, the first photo in this thread, of the Aztec calendar coin, is especially gorgeous; really great!