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Microscopes for Coin Collectors

A coin microscope can help you examine your coins for defects, scratches and irregularities.

What can you see with a coin microscope? You may see residues of cleaning materials or brush fibers stuck in cracks. 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 the magnification, you will see a smaller field of view.

Don't get a coin microscope with too much power! For coins, a good range is 10x-30x.

This image shows a penny at 20x.

View images of pennies at different magnifications.

Recommended coin collecting microscopes.

Digital Microscope MW5-LD2

MW5-LD2 High-end coin microscope with built-in digital camera.

High end zoom digital stereo coin microscope offers continuous magnification from 10x - 40x.  Eyepiece lenses can be switched out to increase or decrease this range.  Available are 5x, 10x, 15x or 20x pairs.

  • Auxiliary lenses can be added to the objective lens to modify the magnification at the camera and the binocular eyetubes.  Available 0.5x, 0.75x, and 1.5x auxiliary lenses.
  • Built-in 2.0 mega pixel digital camera built into microscope.
  • Includes software.
  • 12 volt 10 watt halogen top and bottom illuminators.


Binocular stereo zoom microscope

MW5-L5 Full-size stereo zoom trinocular coin microscope.

Coin microscope provides a zoom range of 10x - 40x. Available in either a binocular or trinocular version. Great microscope if you want to attach your digital camera for taking pictures of your collection!

  • 15 watt halogen top light and 5 watt fluorescent bottom light operate independently of each other.
  • Head rotates 360 degrees.
  • Zoom magnification range of 10x-40x.

Zoom microscope model 460TBL

MW3-L9 Compact stereo zoom coin microscope.

Coin microscope provides a zoom range of 10x-30x with sharp, parfocalled images throughout the zoom range - no need to refocus!

  • Head rotates 360 degrees so eyepieces can be positioned toward or away from the arm.
  • Included is a 10 watt halogen top light with directional lever and a 5 watt fluorescent bottom light. Select top, bottom or both with side switches.

Dual power stereo microscope

MW2-L1 Dual-power stereo coin microscope.

Stereo coin microscope provides dual powers of 10x and 20x, 10x and 30x or 20x and 40x.

  • Viewing head rotates 360 degrees in focusing block and body can be rotated about the vertical post.
  • Dual objective pairs, parfocalled, parcentered and achromatic.  Magnification is changed by rotating the (black) objective turret 90 degrees. 
  • Uses 110 volts (220V models available), high intensity 12 volt 10 watt top and bottom lamps.  Separate switches allow you to select which lights you want. 


Coin Microscope

MW1-L2 Single-power stereo coin microscope.

Single power stereo coin microscope available in 10x, 20x, 30x, or 40x.

  • 45 degree inclined eyepieces with diopter adjustment and interpupillary adjustment of 50mm to 75mm.
  • Both top and bottom illumination, selectable using 12 volt, 10 watt tungsten bulbs.  110 volt operation (220 VAC also available, special order).


Single Power Microscope

MW1-L1 Single-power monocular coin microscope.

Single power stereo coin microscope provides 20x magnification. No light needed.

  • An economical coin microscope.
  • Easy to use and compact in size.

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