C.D. Harrell's Blog

26 Jun 2022

Photogenic Miss. Liberty

Coins | C.D. Harrell

In today’s world, an image of a coin is nothing but a click away. Auction sites and many other platforms have technology that allows you to magnify the smallest of details by the touch of a finger. Often these photos are of the coin only, which itself is a beautiful work of art, culture, and history. With that said, on the occasion I find myself wanting more imagery context with the coin. Questions I ask are, what tools did this numismatist use to view, magnify, study, catalog and identify the specimen being photographed. I understand none of this is necessary for the research or purchase of a coin, but it is a small piece of provenance that can be tacked onto the life history of such a coin. Think about it this way, choose the favorite coin of your collection, wouldn’t you like to have a photo of that exact coin from 100 years ago? Me too.

11 Aug 2021

All Roads Lead To Chicago

World's Fair of Money | C.D. Harrell

When I awoke from my slumber this morning, I had a familiar feeling. A feeling that while familiar, it's a feeling that does not come around often. In fact, its quite a rare feeling indeed. I'm sure we all remember the excitement of Christmas eve as a child. A somewhat happy nervous feeling located in the pit of our stomachs. That's the feeling that I experienced this morning and am continuing to experience as I write this blog from my desk at its North Carolina location.

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