ray_parkhurst wrote:I have a fairly advanced photomacrographic setup that I put together for imaging coin varieties (mintmarks, etc). I use the setup to do both 2D high res images as well as 3D renderings. I have tried 3D renderings of styli but lighting is too difficult and it's hard to see what the surfaces really look like. More traditional 2D lighting is still way better for showing the proper shadow and highlight details to properly view such a complex shape.
If you want to see some similar setups, and images I've taken of full coins and varieties, at my website http://www.macrocoins.com
Wow, amazing images of those coins! My dad used to have a lot of wheat pennies and Mercury dimes that he kept from his paper route collections as a kid. But he 'stored' them in a sock that he knotted, so not exactly mint/uncirculated.