Today the postman delivered my first purchase from NZ post( official suppliers of collectable coins from NZ) in years. Its the first ever ( for decimal coinage) circulating commemorative. 25 April is when Kiwis remember the fallen, its known as ANZAC day( Australia New Zealand Army Corps) ANZAc is a term coined in the first world war. So I guess its fitting that it is the subject Of NZ's first circulating commemorative. I had great frustration photographing this coin. I ended up using my beam splitter, and unfortunately the one fault of that lighting technique has occurred( look for the ghost). I am finally going to go and buy a modern beam splitter with an anti reflective coating. This time the ghost is fitting!!!7 years ago
New Zealand's first (decimal) circulating commerative
Interesting coin and post. I don't know what the mintage will be but it's a sure thing that many will be taken out of circulation. Your description of using a split lens (focus) is interesting. I'm not nearly as studied as you with photography but descriptions I read said the technique was employed to achieve deep focus or wide depth of field. I don't understand why this would be necessary for a photo of this type. The split somehow creates a ghost image which I suppose is a product of refraction. My photos of proof coin surfaces usually produce totally black areas with no surface detail. Was this the problem you were attempting to defeat?7 years ago
I think the coin will never be rare it will probably have mintage in the Millions. the only other NZ circulating commemorative was in 1949; a Half crown. That coin is easily obtainable and not over expensive. I purchased two single ANZAC coins plus a coin roll.
Nice Image Ian, I admire your technique it would probably get better if you worked at it harder! Just kidding I know you have made a true study of the art of photographing coins. See you in abot 8 weeks.7 years ago
Interesting post.7 years ago