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Microscopes for Coin Collectors

Penny under the coin microscope at 20x.A coin microscope can help you examine your coins for defects, scratches and irregularities. But what can you see with a coin microscope? A coin microscope may help you view residues of cleaning materials or brush fibers stuck in cracks on the coin. Ancient bronze coins might have microscopic lead pockets. Fine red fibers usually mean the coin spent some time in a flocked tray. Seams and file marks on the edges may help define authenticity. Random scratches are usually from normal use. Scratches following a pattern suggest the coin was cleaned on a buffer or by hand.

As you increase magnification on the coin microscope, you will see a smaller field of view.

Don't get a coin microscope with too much magnification! For coins, a good range of magnification is 10x-30x. The image at right shows a penny at 20x magnification.

View pennies captured at different magnifications here.

Recommended Coin Collecting Microscopes

S2-TPD Digital 10x / 30x Stere
Richter Optica S2-TPD Digital 10x/30x Microscopeo Microscope

  • 10x & 30x Magnification
  • LED Ring Light for illuminating coins
  • Digital Camera with Software
  • View Live Images
  • Capture and save images, make measurements
  • Includes black/white stage plate to provide contrast for coins
  • Choice of 3mp or 5mp camera







S2-BL Stereo Microscope for CoinsS2-BL 10x / 30x Coin Stereo Microscope

  • 10x & 30x Magnification
  • LED Ring Light for illuminating coins
  • Includes black/white stage plate to provide contrast for coins









Stereo Microscope for CoinsMW2-L1 Dual Power Stereo Microscope

  • Select desired dual magnification by selecting eyepieces and objective lenses.
  • Built-in top and bottom illumination
  • Includes glass stage plate and black and white stage plate for coin contrast
  • Common magnifications selected by coin collectors are 5x & 15x or 10x & 30x on this microscope.






Stereo Microscope for Coins with 10x-30xMW3-L9 10x-30x Zoom Stereo Microscope

  • Zoom magnification of 10x-30x
  • If additional eyepieces are purchased 15x-45x magnification is possible.
  • Built-in top and bottom illumination
  • Includes glass stage plate and black and white stage plate for coin contrast
  • Zoom magnification allows continuous magnification through the range





Stereo Microscope for Coins with 6.7x-45xS6-BLED Zoom Stereo Microscope 6.7x-45x

  • Zoom magnification of 6.7x-45x
  • Built-in top and bottom LED illumination
  • Zoom magnification allows continuous magnification through the range
  • Wide range of magnification makes viewing coin defects simple, quickly zoom out to view entire coin, or zoom in to view details





Digital Stereo Microscope for Coins with 6.7x-45xS6-D Zoom Stereo Digital Coin Microscope 6.7x-45x

  • Zoom magnification of 6.7x-45x
  • Built-in top and bottom LED illumination
  • Zoom magnification allows continuous magnification through the range
  • Wide range of magnification makes viewing coin defects simple, quickly zoom out to view entire coin, or zoom in to view details
  • Digital Camera with Software
  • View Live Images
  • Capture and save images, make measurements
  • Choice of 3mp or 5mp camera