9 interesting facts about numismatics

 

What is numismatics?

This is certainly a topic for those interested in the study of history, but it can be challenging for everyone since it really puts your knowledge to the test.

Numismatics, or in simpler terms, the process of studying ancient coins, currency or any other means of exchanging goods, is a way of discovering ancient civilizations and their value system in relation to the one we use today.

First historical mention

The geographical position and the era of the first coin ever to be made in the world says something about the root of civilization and the technological advancement of the people back then.

To our knowledge, the first hand-struck coins were found in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city. It was close to 2,700 years old and one of the first examples of modern commerce techniques. It was manufactured from an alloy of gold and silver, and it stands as a testament to the power and culture of Ancient Greece.

Later on, the first city to emit a coin of its own was Florence, in the heart of Toscana, around the year 1252. It’s no wonder it went on to become the soul of the Renaissance in the later centuries, attracting bright minds from all over Italy and the world.

Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numismatics became widespread during the time of the European Renaissance (that is the study of coins, not necessarily the collecting activity) because the historians of the time were trying to rediscover the roots of the classical world, through any means available to them.

 

Roots of the hobby

For many of us, it may seem as if this hobby is as contemporary as it gets since people have only been interested in studying the culture and behavior of their ancestors in later years.

However, you couldn’t be more wrong, since collecting coins has been a thing since the time of kings and queens, and it used to be a hobby reserved only for the royals and the bourgeoisie.

The first gathering took place much later, in August 1962, in Detroit Michigan. Close to 40,000 attended, showing the world how much of widespread interest numismatics is.

Nowadays it’s available for everyone, and the prices are not as high as you would expect. Most sellers will let you buy their collections for a little over their actual value. However, if you’re keen on studying the fine details, you might need some expensive equipment, like, for example, a good microscope for coins.

 

Crazy weather

We all complain whenever it gets a little nasty weather-wise, but there’s nothing like having to bear through a tornado of silver coins! It’s a real fact, and it happened in Russia in 1940 at Gorky, where a storm lifted a money chest and proceeded to spread its contents all over the city.

One can only imagine the enthusiasm of the citizens after seeing the results of the so-called rain, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones that got caught in the silver storm.

The extremes

How would you like to learn more about the largest currency ever issued? It belonged to the Ming dynasty in China, and it circulated during their time of rule. As for the smallest currency, that belongs to Romania, and it was issued in 1917. They were called ‘paper coins’ and they still are the smallest banknotes ever designed.

 

Where can you find coins

The most obvious answer would be, of course, to hit the antique markets because that’s where the sellers dwell. Chances are if you search there, you’ll find convenient prices and unique models, that no one else might have.

If you’re a bit more at ease and you prefer going straight to the source, in the United States you can buy coins directly from the mint, for a slightly higher price than you would pay if you got them from another seller.

They have an entire catalog of the models that they carry, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from, which makes it worth the price.

However, for a coin collector to really know their craft, they will need more than just the items in their collection, they will also need some tools to handle them. For that, we recommend that you consider buying a reliable magnifying glass since it will help you observe the coins in a significant level of detail.

 

Do old coins actually smell?

It’s a common mistake to assume that if a lot of time has passed since a coin was issued, it will take on a sort of unpleasant smell. Research has been carried out, and it appears the metals and alloys used to manufacture coins have no scent of their own.

Instead, if they get into contact with the human skin, that’s when they’ll mix will the oils and create the familiar unpleasant smell that we associate with old metal. For this to be avoided, we recommend you only touch ancient coins while wearing protective gloves, to prevent the smell from being developed, as well as to prevent scratching their surface.

Religious connections

It might seem like a long shot, but in fact, it’s actually true. This hobby has been assigned to a Patron Saint, as a sign of recognition and appreciation. We’re referring to the Saint Eligius figure, a French citizen in the 6th century that was sanctified after death and is said to protect miners and metal workers.

 

An image of the past

Aside from teaching us about technological advancement and the economy of the society that they come from, coins also serve another important role that is often overlooked. They are frequently stamped with the features of the rulers of the time they were issued in.

Before modern face mapping technology existed, researchers would base their assumptions on the features presented on the coins when trying to reproduce the faces of worldwide famous leaders. They might be different from the ones we know today, but they were undoubtedly the starting point for this kind of research.

 

 

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What are your interests?

When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.

Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.

The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.

The Standing Liberty Quarter

Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.

This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.

There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.

 

St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto

This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.

You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.

 

The Steel Penny

Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.

As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.

The Kansas State Quarter

Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.

Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.

 

The Peace Dollar

Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.

The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.

 

Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.

The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.

Three Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.

The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.

 

The Washington Quarter

This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.

It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.

 

 

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If you’ve ever read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you probably know that the tool of choice for Sherlock Holmes used to be a magnifying glass. This gadget has evolved a lot over the years, and that’s because technology is slowly but surely shaping the way we live.

Nonetheless, despite being somewhat antiquated compared to other gadgets that can literally magnify various subjects, be they binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, or microscopes, magnifying glasses are still quite popular with certain amateurs and professionals. What’s more, they prove their worth under a variety of circumstances where other devices might be useless.

We’ve noticed that there’s a trend going around which basically involves using your iPhone or Android device as a magnifier. The fact of the matter is that, in some situations, smartphones and tablets might not be able to raise up to par. And one of these situations is macular degeneration, which is a condition that affects people typically older than 50.

These individuals do not have the eyesight to handle a smartphone, so they absolutely need a magnifying glass. The same goes for people who make handmade jewelry, who are coin collectors, and even those who like to repair electronic components in their spare time, although they might want to use a dissecting microscope for such a purpose.

We’ve put together a list of things you may want to consider if you want to make the most of your magnifier or magnifying glass. Check them out below.

 

Just what do you want to use it for?

When it comes to the design of these products, not a single one can be compared to the other. Some are handheld while others can be used conveniently without the operator needing to fiddle with their components in any way. By the same token, some are compact and portable while others need to be utilized at home or at the office.

If the activity you are getting the magnifying glass for involves spending a lot of time using it, we do not recommend choosing a handheld unit. You can get a new magnifying glass for cheap, but try and make sure that it’s self-standing or can rest on something while you tend to your business.

Some models designed specifically for reading, as are those for people with macular degeneration, simply have to be placed on top of the page. We’ve noticed that there are several variations in terms of the design of such products, but most are capable of magnifying up to half of a page.

There are some magnifying glasses that can be attached to headsets, and they prove their worth to people who repair tiny things. All you have to do is modify the position of the magnifier and take a peek through the lens.

 

How does a magnifying glass work?

Typically, such a product is outfitted with one or two convex lenses. These lenses are capable of either bending light rays so that they come together. The type of magnification actually depends on where the eye of the person looking through the glass is located. Therefore, you can see the subjects smaller if you move away from the magnifying glass and see them bigger as you come closer to it.

As we were saying above, not all models are made the same, and that’s why they have different magnification powers. Some can increase the image of a subject by up to five times, but others can only do this by three times.

With most handheld magnifiers, you can always take advantage of the convenience of their design. What this means is that you can move them closer or farther from the subject or from the page of a book. In fact, that’s what most people should do if their eyesight isn’t particularly accurate.

Aberrations

Most magnifying glasses have a somewhat low magnifying power, especially when compared to devices capable of better performance in this sense, such as microscopes. Low-power types are common and let’s face it; they have their limitations.

One thing that few people consider when they are in the market for a new product in this line is that they shouldn’t solely focus on the magnification as a feature of their gadget. In fact, the higher the magnification capability of the glass, the more likely it is for it to produce optical aberrations, of which spherical ones are most common.

There are several magnifying glass designs you could consider if you really are interested in getting a superior magnification power. These are represented by Hastings triplets and Coddington magnifiers. Due to their design, they are often called loupes.

What is the difference in terms of the magnification between a typical magnifying glass and a Hastings triplet, for instance? This is a logical question you should ask yourself so as to understand whether or not you really need to increase the image that much. A Hastings triplet can boast a fixed 30x magnification power, but that’s the maximum it can achieve. For anything else that goes beyond 30x, we suggest getting another device, even something as simple as a USB microscope.

Using an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Perhaps this is the part you have been waiting for, so we won’t disappoint you. We’ll tell you just how you can use your iPhone as a magnifier. First off, for operating systems like iOS 10 and above, you might not know that there’s a neat feature that can indeed turn your smartphone into a magnifier.

You can find it in Settings->General-> Accessibility->Magnifier. Switch the setting on and then press the Home button three times to turn the camera on and look at magnified images. We’ve tested the feature, and it actually works. Best of all, you can even increase or decrease the magnification as per your needs.

 

 

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Lighted magnifying glasses - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are interested in purchasing the best magnifying glass with light money can get you but you simply don’t have the time to do the needed research on the subject, this short introduction should clue you in. After reading what the specialist had to say about the best models on the market, we have concluded that the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is the model for you. This product comes fitted with two bright LED lights that can help you get a good view of the coins that you are examining. Moreover, this unit has a flexible neck that can help you modify its position in accordance with your needs.  Also, the item has a powerful magnification ratio of 5x. If the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is unavailable, check out the Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light as you are likely to equally like it.

Because we know that finding the best lighted magnifying glass is not a task that comes without its difficulties, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of high-quality features that you should pay attention to when shopping in this line of products.

Lighting functionality

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding a good magnifying glass that is also illuminated, there are many aspects that require one’s attention.  For once, it is important that he/she invests in a product that comes provided with a potent light source. When it comes to this feature, you should know that there are models that include very practical LED lights that make it effortless for you to spot all details on a coin.

What is more, some units have different brightness levels that you can choose between so that you don't hurt your eyes while using the magnifying glass. Similarly, it is worth pointing to the fact that some units are battery operated while others can be used with an AC/DC adapter.

Therefore, before you select the first model that you like from the myriad of units that are up for sale, it might be a good idea to take the time to go through a handful of different models. This way, you will get a better understanding of how your needs can be met by a product of this type.

Design and maneuverability

Other aspects that you should keep in mind before you settle for a product are the model’s design and, also, the item’s maneuverability. Therefore, you have to pick between a self-standing model and a handheld unit. The later models are a bit less practical than the first ones, particularly because they can make the user feel tired when used for a long period of time.

However, the main advantage of hand-held models is the fact that they are easy to carry around, due to their small dimensions and (in some cases) foldability. Even more so, these products tend to be lightweight.

On the contrary, self-standing units are ideal when used at home and quite versatile. In fact, one can use them when viewing coins, reading, sewing, and while crafting. Also, these units have a wide lens diameter, reason why many prefer them.

Additional features you should think about

Before you make up your mind, our suggestion is that you spend some extra time considering a couple of extra features recommended in all magnifying glass reviews that are available online. For example, previous buyers of magnifying glasses have pointed to the fact that one should take a good look at the materials used in creating such a unit.

From this point of view, it becomes clear that one should only invest in those products that have been constructed from durable materials such as aluminum. The reason why this is important has to do with the fact that these models are very resistant and more likely to be dependable as time goes on.

Last but not least, magnification is equally essential. As expected, because magnifying glasses are primarily used to magnify certain objects, you should only settle for top-notch items that have a magnification power of at least 5x.

Top magnifying glasses with light reviews in 2018

After a quick glance at reviews of magnifying glasses with light, one can effortlessly understand that finding a unit that completely suits his/her needs is a complicated task. Because we know this too well, we have decided to help you out by putting together a list of products that are worthy of your time and money.

Carson DeskBrite200 LED

This model developed and produced by Carson has both a 2x magnification ratio and a 5x power spot lens that is integrated into the product’s design. As a plus, the unit’s neck is flexible and fully adjustable so that you are 100% comfortable while using the product.

Because of the product’s acrylic lens that has a 4-inch diameter, this magnifying glass is often described as very versatile, as it allows the buyer to use it for various types of activities such as reading, coin analysis, soldering and so much more.

Even more so, this device is lighted by two distinct light bulbs that can be charged with the included AC/DC adapter and/or can run on three AAA batteries. Similarly, it is important that we add that the magnifier can be rotated 90 degrees so that all your needs are met. Most of the product’s buyers were happy with their purchase.

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Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light

Another product that you should take into account is the product produced by Marrywindix. This unit is made from a sturdy plastic and it features plenty of illumination for both lenses included in the design.

Because this product has an ergonomic design, it is effortless to handle and you will be able to turn on the lights effortlessly, as they are positioned on the product’s handle. Apart from these features, we should say that this unit has a size diameter of 75mmx18mm/2.9''x0.5'' and an approximate handle length of 11cm/4.3''.

The light sources that the model includes are said to be bright enough when used in basically any dark environment. The 3 AAA batteries necessary for the LED lights to function are not included in the product’s price and they need to be bought separately.

Magnification-wise, this model features two distinct lenses that come with distinct magnification ratios. Therefore, the large unit has a power of 5x, while the smaller unit comes fitted with a 20x magnification ratio.

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Fancii Daylight LED 3X

If you are looking for a new magnifying glass that can fit your desk perfectly, we recommend that you check out the Fancii Daylight LED 3X. This model stands out from the previous units because it comes equipped with an 8-diopter optical glass lens that has a magnification ratio of 3x. Even more so, this product supplies its users with a distortion-free view of the object that is being analyzed.

This unit’s lighting source has a lifespan of 6 hours but it can be recharged when necessary. The LED lights included in the design have distinct brightness levels that you can switch between if needed.

Lastly, this is a 15-inch tall lamp that can be fitted on any desk by attaching it with the use of a metal clamp that is included in the package. The product’s height can be changed if you consider that this is important.

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Carson 5x MiniBrite LED

Yet another model that you should have in mind before you decide to place an order is the Carson 5x MiniBrite LED. This product comes provided with an l5x slide-out magnifier that is quite dependable. The unit has a lens dimension of 1.3 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.

Similarly, this model is compact and very lightweight when compared to other models available on the market. Consequently, you can carry this unit in your pocket and/or purse and use it throughout the day. The clear Aspheric lens that the product incorporates is also a feature that you are deemed to find appealing.

Price-wise, this model has a great price to value ratio. In fact, current users of the unit say that the product is a great investment. Also, many of them have pointed out that the manufacturer is quick to answer any questions that the buyers might have regarding the product.

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MagniPros 3X Wide Horizontal

This unit is convenient to buy, as it comes fitted with a feasible storage pouch and a cloth that can be used to clean the dust and debris from the lens so that you get crisp viewings. Furthermore, this lamp also comes provided with an ergonomic handle for extra movability. Additionally, the unit is particularly lightweight as it only weighs 7 ounces.

When it comes to the product’s lighting system, we find it fit to remind you that it includes no less than 6 efficient LEDs. Besides, the buyer can change the product’s brightness (50% or 100%) if he/she considers it significant.

According to the reviews that it has received from its previous buyers, this model is a good investment. What is more, this unit is especially popular among those who suffer from Macular Degeneration. Likewise, the product’s illumination is considered superior when compared to other products from this price range.

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Magnifying glasses for coins - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are a passionate coins collector, chances are you are looking for the best magnifying glass for coin collecting available. However, as you know, reading reviews on this topic is an activity that not many find pleasure in. Consequently, we have decided to help you out by analyzing the market and drawing the necessary conclusions. As a result, we consider that the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is the product that you should consider. This device has a magnification power of 5x and a 2.5-inch diameter lens. Moreover, the product is very lightweight (it only weighs 6,7 ounces) and it is ideal for inspecting coins and stamps in low vision. What is more, this unit is lighted with 6 LED lights that allow the user to switch between three distinct brightness levels. If the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is out of stock, we recommend that you check out the Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10).

Finding a reliable magnifying glass for viewing coins is a process that requires plenty of attention and a keen eye for significant details. To help you out, we have taken it upon yourself to compile a list of crucial features that one should consider before settling for an item in this line of products. So, read ahead and make sure that you pick accordingly.

Type of lens

One of the first aspects that all coin collectors should pay attention to before they go online to purchase a product of this kind is the type of lens the unit comes outfitted with.

When it comes to the lens type, you should know that there are models that not all magnifying glasses come fitted with the same kind of lens. In fact, you can opt for products with multiple aligned acrylic lenses, products that have pre-focused dual lenses, and so on.

Still, no matter the kind of product that you choose, you should know that it is prudent that you settle for a unit that has had all its optic surfaces covered with a scratch resistant substance. The main advantage of these products is that they are prone to last an extended period of time, as they are not likely to become deteriorated and to make it difficult to successfully examine coins with them.

Likewise, while we are at it, it seems appropriate to remind you to keep an eye on the dimension of the lens that the product includes. Therefore, if you are interested in a product that will enable you to analyze coins that are small in dimensions, a unit with a 1-inch diameter should suffice.

Still, if you are interested in a larger unit that can give you a better look at the coin, we recommend that you invest in a product with a lens diameter between two inches and 3.25 inches.

Design

If you take a good look at the reviews of magnifying glasses for viewing coins that you can find online, the first aspect that is likely to catch your interest is the product’s design. As expected, this feature is worth your while as it might help you decide what item to pick.

From this point of view, all interested buyers can choose between the hand-held design and the self-standing units. While the first models are seen as obsolete by many, you should know that they are very versatile and practical, as they allow the user to have an overall image of a coin. Likewise, a person can also compare two coins at the same time while using such a product.

On the other hand, the self-standing models usually come supplied with plenty of new functions that the old design does not match. For instance, some of these items have pre-focused lenses that can be of help if you are a beginner in the art of coin analysis. Also, most of these devices feature LED illumination, a feature that is also quite practical.

Weight and magnification

Last but surely not least, the unit’s weight and its magnification ratio should also be considered. According to the specialists, if you want to pick the best coin magnifying glass, you should select a unit that is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This is expressly important if you are set on ordering a feasible hand-held unit. When it comes to the newer design, this aspect is not that important.

Moreover, before you go online and order the first model that you see up for sale, take a few extra moments to consider the products magnification. Usually, a 5x or a 7x ratio is considered sufficient by professional coin collectors.

Top magnifying glasses for coins reviews in 2018

If you are still not sure on what product to select, we have put together a list of high-quality models that you should necessarily consider before you make a decision. So, don’t waste any more time, start reading and select that one you like best.

Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88

With a great price to value ratio and numerous positive reviews and feedback comments from current users, the 5x LL-88 model should necessarily be of interest to you. This device comes provided with plenty of features that you are likely to find appealing.

For example, according to its manufacturer, the unit features multiple aligned acrylic lenses with a 5x power of magnification and a lens diameter of 2.5 inches. As a plus, the unit also includes no less than 6 LED lights that you can use to have a clearer and crisper view of the coin that you are observing.

Moreover, this product weighs 6.7 ounces and it measures 5.5x3.62x1.37 inches. Therefore, you can use it to examine coins of all dimensions. To function correctly, the product requires three AAA batteries that are not included in the price and that need to be purchased independently.

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Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10)

Another product that you should consider is the LLx10 model developed by the same manufacturer. This item comes supplied with a pre-focused 1.0-inch lens that you can use while viewing items up close. The product also incorporates a 10x power stand magnifier that includes a see-through acrylic base that will supply you with plenty of light.

The product is considered a good investment for all those that intend to utilize it for various purposes such as coin analysis, watchmaking, geology, biology, electronics, and so on. The model has the following dimensions 2.0x 2.0 x 1.75 inches and it weighs 1.4 ounces.

The model is covered by a lifetime warranty, a reason why you should not worry about it breaking easily and needing to invest in a new product. Current users of the model have said that the item has a good power of magnification, that it has a sturdy construction, and that it is great for coin collecting enthusiasts.

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Carson LumiDome Plus LD-75

If you are interested in a cool looking unit that is also quite feasible, check out the LD-75 model developed by the same manufacturer, Carson LumiDome. The product has an eye-catching acrylic construction that is shatterproof as well as a 2x magnifying lens that covers a viewing area of 2.5 inches.

The model can be used when analyzing coins, when viewing miniatures, stamps, and when reading. Because of its delicate base, the model comes shipped with an additional microfiber cloth pouch that you can utilize to store product in between uses.  Likewise, this item is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

According to the product’s previous buyers, this magnifying glass is very easy to manage, because it features a recessed center that protects it from being scratched. Even more so, the etched and faceted sides that the model includes are said to provide a good grip that any user will highly appreciate.

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Dreame 30X 60X LED Lighted

A best seller in this line of products, this model produced by Dreame is both cost-efficient and effortless to maneuver. As a plus, this is a pocket-sized magnifying glass that is easy to carry around and use whenever you need to.

The model features a dual design that comprises two distinct lenses. The main lens has a diameter of 30x22mm, while the second one measures 60x12mm. The product was manufactured using durable aluminum and a plastic housing, reason why it is very light and effortless to carry with you when on the go. If you decide to purchase this model, you should know that the manufacturer also includes a small case that is meant to protect the magnifying glass when not used.

Another mentionable feature of this item is its foldable design. Moreover, this unit has received great reviews from its previous purchasers. Most of them have said that this model is worth the money, especially because of its maneuverability.

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Carson MagniView 2x DS-36

If you are fond of classical looking magnifying glasses and you are not interested in paying a lot of money in order to buy one, the Carson MagniView 2x DS-36 is the model for you. This device is scratch resistant and it has a 4.5x power that will allow you to use it for a variety of purposes.

When it comes to the product’s technical details, all interested buyers should remember that this lens is 3.25 inches in diameter and that it contains a thumb groove, often described as ergonomic that is placed on the product’s handle. The main purpose of the groove is to add more stability and comfort to the item.

As a plus, a built-in rim is said to protect the unit from scratches and dust accumulation. In an attempt to make sure that all its customers are satisfied with the purchase, the item is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

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8 coins worth collecting

 

What is numismatics?

This is certainly a topic for those interested in the study of history, but it can be challenging for everyone since it really puts your knowledge to the test.

Numismatics, or in simpler terms, the process of studying ancient coins, currency or any other means of exchanging goods, is a way of discovering ancient civilizations and their value system in relation to the one we use today.

First historical mention

The geographical position and the era of the first coin ever to be made in the world says something about the root of civilization and the technological advancement of the people back then.

To our knowledge, the first hand-struck coins were found in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city. It was close to 2,700 years old and one of the first examples of modern commerce techniques. It was manufactured from an alloy of gold and silver, and it stands as a testament to the power and culture of Ancient Greece.

Later on, the first city to emit a coin of its own was Florence, in the heart of Toscana, around the year 1252. It’s no wonder it went on to become the soul of the Renaissance in the later centuries, attracting bright minds from all over Italy and the world.

Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numismatics became widespread during the time of the European Renaissance (that is the study of coins, not necessarily the collecting activity) because the historians of the time were trying to rediscover the roots of the classical world, through any means available to them.

 

Roots of the hobby

For many of us, it may seem as if this hobby is as contemporary as it gets since people have only been interested in studying the culture and behavior of their ancestors in later years.

However, you couldn’t be more wrong, since collecting coins has been a thing since the time of kings and queens, and it used to be a hobby reserved only for the royals and the bourgeoisie.

The first gathering took place much later, in August 1962, in Detroit Michigan. Close to 40,000 attended, showing the world how much of widespread interest numismatics is.

Nowadays it’s available for everyone, and the prices are not as high as you would expect. Most sellers will let you buy their collections for a little over their actual value. However, if you’re keen on studying the fine details, you might need some expensive equipment, like, for example, a good microscope for coins.

 

Crazy weather

We all complain whenever it gets a little nasty weather-wise, but there’s nothing like having to bear through a tornado of silver coins! It’s a real fact, and it happened in Russia in 1940 at Gorky, where a storm lifted a money chest and proceeded to spread its contents all over the city.

One can only imagine the enthusiasm of the citizens after seeing the results of the so-called rain, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones that got caught in the silver storm.

The extremes

How would you like to learn more about the largest currency ever issued? It belonged to the Ming dynasty in China, and it circulated during their time of rule. As for the smallest currency, that belongs to Romania, and it was issued in 1917. They were called ‘paper coins’ and they still are the smallest banknotes ever designed.

 

Where can you find coins

The most obvious answer would be, of course, to hit the antique markets because that’s where the sellers dwell. Chances are if you search there, you’ll find convenient prices and unique models, that no one else might have.

If you’re a bit more at ease and you prefer going straight to the source, in the United States you can buy coins directly from the mint, for a slightly higher price than you would pay if you got them from another seller.

They have an entire catalog of the models that they carry, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from, which makes it worth the price.

However, for a coin collector to really know their craft, they will need more than just the items in their collection, they will also need some tools to handle them. For that, we recommend that you consider buying a reliable magnifying glass since it will help you observe the coins in a significant level of detail.

 

Do old coins actually smell?

It’s a common mistake to assume that if a lot of time has passed since a coin was issued, it will take on a sort of unpleasant smell. Research has been carried out, and it appears the metals and alloys used to manufacture coins have no scent of their own.

Instead, if they get into contact with the human skin, that’s when they’ll mix will the oils and create the familiar unpleasant smell that we associate with old metal. For this to be avoided, we recommend you only touch ancient coins while wearing protective gloves, to prevent the smell from being developed, as well as to prevent scratching their surface.

Religious connections

It might seem like a long shot, but in fact, it’s actually true. This hobby has been assigned to a Patron Saint, as a sign of recognition and appreciation. We’re referring to the Saint Eligius figure, a French citizen in the 6th century that was sanctified after death and is said to protect miners and metal workers.

 

An image of the past

Aside from teaching us about technological advancement and the economy of the society that they come from, coins also serve another important role that is often overlooked. They are frequently stamped with the features of the rulers of the time they were issued in.

Before modern face mapping technology existed, researchers would base their assumptions on the features presented on the coins when trying to reproduce the faces of worldwide famous leaders. They might be different from the ones we know today, but they were undoubtedly the starting point for this kind of research.

 

 

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What are your interests?

When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.

Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.

The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.

The Standing Liberty Quarter

Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.

This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.

There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.

 

St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto

This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.

You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.

 

The Steel Penny

Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.

As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.

The Kansas State Quarter

Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.

Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.

 

The Peace Dollar

Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.

The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.

 

Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.

The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.

Three Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.

The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.

 

The Washington Quarter

This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.

It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.

 

 

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If you’ve ever read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you probably know that the tool of choice for Sherlock Holmes used to be a magnifying glass. This gadget has evolved a lot over the years, and that’s because technology is slowly but surely shaping the way we live.

Nonetheless, despite being somewhat antiquated compared to other gadgets that can literally magnify various subjects, be they binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, or microscopes, magnifying glasses are still quite popular with certain amateurs and professionals. What’s more, they prove their worth under a variety of circumstances where other devices might be useless.

We’ve noticed that there’s a trend going around which basically involves using your iPhone or Android device as a magnifier. The fact of the matter is that, in some situations, smartphones and tablets might not be able to raise up to par. And one of these situations is macular degeneration, which is a condition that affects people typically older than 50.

These individuals do not have the eyesight to handle a smartphone, so they absolutely need a magnifying glass. The same goes for people who make handmade jewelry, who are coin collectors, and even those who like to repair electronic components in their spare time, although they might want to use a dissecting microscope for such a purpose.

We’ve put together a list of things you may want to consider if you want to make the most of your magnifier or magnifying glass. Check them out below.

 

Just what do you want to use it for?

When it comes to the design of these products, not a single one can be compared to the other. Some are handheld while others can be used conveniently without the operator needing to fiddle with their components in any way. By the same token, some are compact and portable while others need to be utilized at home or at the office.

If the activity you are getting the magnifying glass for involves spending a lot of time using it, we do not recommend choosing a handheld unit. You can get a new magnifying glass for cheap, but try and make sure that it’s self-standing or can rest on something while you tend to your business.

Some models designed specifically for reading, as are those for people with macular degeneration, simply have to be placed on top of the page. We’ve noticed that there are several variations in terms of the design of such products, but most are capable of magnifying up to half of a page.

There are some magnifying glasses that can be attached to headsets, and they prove their worth to people who repair tiny things. All you have to do is modify the position of the magnifier and take a peek through the lens.

 

How does a magnifying glass work?

Typically, such a product is outfitted with one or two convex lenses. These lenses are capable of either bending light rays so that they come together. The type of magnification actually depends on where the eye of the person looking through the glass is located. Therefore, you can see the subjects smaller if you move away from the magnifying glass and see them bigger as you come closer to it.

As we were saying above, not all models are made the same, and that’s why they have different magnification powers. Some can increase the image of a subject by up to five times, but others can only do this by three times.

With most handheld magnifiers, you can always take advantage of the convenience of their design. What this means is that you can move them closer or farther from the subject or from the page of a book. In fact, that’s what most people should do if their eyesight isn’t particularly accurate.

Aberrations

Most magnifying glasses have a somewhat low magnifying power, especially when compared to devices capable of better performance in this sense, such as microscopes. Low-power types are common and let’s face it; they have their limitations.

One thing that few people consider when they are in the market for a new product in this line is that they shouldn’t solely focus on the magnification as a feature of their gadget. In fact, the higher the magnification capability of the glass, the more likely it is for it to produce optical aberrations, of which spherical ones are most common.

There are several magnifying glass designs you could consider if you really are interested in getting a superior magnification power. These are represented by Hastings triplets and Coddington magnifiers. Due to their design, they are often called loupes.

What is the difference in terms of the magnification between a typical magnifying glass and a Hastings triplet, for instance? This is a logical question you should ask yourself so as to understand whether or not you really need to increase the image that much. A Hastings triplet can boast a fixed 30x magnification power, but that’s the maximum it can achieve. For anything else that goes beyond 30x, we suggest getting another device, even something as simple as a USB microscope.

Using an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Perhaps this is the part you have been waiting for, so we won’t disappoint you. We’ll tell you just how you can use your iPhone as a magnifier. First off, for operating systems like iOS 10 and above, you might not know that there’s a neat feature that can indeed turn your smartphone into a magnifier.

You can find it in Settings->General-> Accessibility->Magnifier. Switch the setting on and then press the Home button three times to turn the camera on and look at magnified images. We’ve tested the feature, and it actually works. Best of all, you can even increase or decrease the magnification as per your needs.

 

 

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Lighted magnifying glasses - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are interested in purchasing the best magnifying glass with light money can get you but you simply don’t have the time to do the needed research on the subject, this short introduction should clue you in. After reading what the specialist had to say about the best models on the market, we have concluded that the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is the model for you. This product comes fitted with two bright LED lights that can help you get a good view of the coins that you are examining. Moreover, this unit has a flexible neck that can help you modify its position in accordance with your needs.  Also, the item has a powerful magnification ratio of 5x. If the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is unavailable, check out the Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light as you are likely to equally like it.

Because we know that finding the best lighted magnifying glass is not a task that comes without its difficulties, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of high-quality features that you should pay attention to when shopping in this line of products.

Lighting functionality

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding a good magnifying glass that is also illuminated, there are many aspects that require one’s attention.  For once, it is important that he/she invests in a product that comes provided with a potent light source. When it comes to this feature, you should know that there are models that include very practical LED lights that make it effortless for you to spot all details on a coin.

What is more, some units have different brightness levels that you can choose between so that you don't hurt your eyes while using the magnifying glass. Similarly, it is worth pointing to the fact that some units are battery operated while others can be used with an AC/DC adapter.

Therefore, before you select the first model that you like from the myriad of units that are up for sale, it might be a good idea to take the time to go through a handful of different models. This way, you will get a better understanding of how your needs can be met by a product of this type.

Design and maneuverability

Other aspects that you should keep in mind before you settle for a product are the model’s design and, also, the item’s maneuverability. Therefore, you have to pick between a self-standing model and a handheld unit. The later models are a bit less practical than the first ones, particularly because they can make the user feel tired when used for a long period of time.

However, the main advantage of hand-held models is the fact that they are easy to carry around, due to their small dimensions and (in some cases) foldability. Even more so, these products tend to be lightweight.

On the contrary, self-standing units are ideal when used at home and quite versatile. In fact, one can use them when viewing coins, reading, sewing, and while crafting. Also, these units have a wide lens diameter, reason why many prefer them.

Additional features you should think about

Before you make up your mind, our suggestion is that you spend some extra time considering a couple of extra features recommended in all magnifying glass reviews that are available online. For example, previous buyers of magnifying glasses have pointed to the fact that one should take a good look at the materials used in creating such a unit.

From this point of view, it becomes clear that one should only invest in those products that have been constructed from durable materials such as aluminum. The reason why this is important has to do with the fact that these models are very resistant and more likely to be dependable as time goes on.

Last but not least, magnification is equally essential. As expected, because magnifying glasses are primarily used to magnify certain objects, you should only settle for top-notch items that have a magnification power of at least 5x.

Top magnifying glasses with light reviews in 2018

After a quick glance at reviews of magnifying glasses with light, one can effortlessly understand that finding a unit that completely suits his/her needs is a complicated task. Because we know this too well, we have decided to help you out by putting together a list of products that are worthy of your time and money.

Carson DeskBrite200 LED

This model developed and produced by Carson has both a 2x magnification ratio and a 5x power spot lens that is integrated into the product’s design. As a plus, the unit’s neck is flexible and fully adjustable so that you are 100% comfortable while using the product.

Because of the product’s acrylic lens that has a 4-inch diameter, this magnifying glass is often described as very versatile, as it allows the buyer to use it for various types of activities such as reading, coin analysis, soldering and so much more.

Even more so, this device is lighted by two distinct light bulbs that can be charged with the included AC/DC adapter and/or can run on three AAA batteries. Similarly, it is important that we add that the magnifier can be rotated 90 degrees so that all your needs are met. Most of the product’s buyers were happy with their purchase.

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Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light

Another product that you should take into account is the product produced by Marrywindix. This unit is made from a sturdy plastic and it features plenty of illumination for both lenses included in the design.

Because this product has an ergonomic design, it is effortless to handle and you will be able to turn on the lights effortlessly, as they are positioned on the product’s handle. Apart from these features, we should say that this unit has a size diameter of 75mmx18mm/2.9''x0.5'' and an approximate handle length of 11cm/4.3''.

The light sources that the model includes are said to be bright enough when used in basically any dark environment. The 3 AAA batteries necessary for the LED lights to function are not included in the product’s price and they need to be bought separately.

Magnification-wise, this model features two distinct lenses that come with distinct magnification ratios. Therefore, the large unit has a power of 5x, while the smaller unit comes fitted with a 20x magnification ratio.

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Fancii Daylight LED 3X

If you are looking for a new magnifying glass that can fit your desk perfectly, we recommend that you check out the Fancii Daylight LED 3X. This model stands out from the previous units because it comes equipped with an 8-diopter optical glass lens that has a magnification ratio of 3x. Even more so, this product supplies its users with a distortion-free view of the object that is being analyzed.

This unit’s lighting source has a lifespan of 6 hours but it can be recharged when necessary. The LED lights included in the design have distinct brightness levels that you can switch between if needed.

Lastly, this is a 15-inch tall lamp that can be fitted on any desk by attaching it with the use of a metal clamp that is included in the package. The product’s height can be changed if you consider that this is important.

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Carson 5x MiniBrite LED

Yet another model that you should have in mind before you decide to place an order is the Carson 5x MiniBrite LED. This product comes provided with an l5x slide-out magnifier that is quite dependable. The unit has a lens dimension of 1.3 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.

Similarly, this model is compact and very lightweight when compared to other models available on the market. Consequently, you can carry this unit in your pocket and/or purse and use it throughout the day. The clear Aspheric lens that the product incorporates is also a feature that you are deemed to find appealing.

Price-wise, this model has a great price to value ratio. In fact, current users of the unit say that the product is a great investment. Also, many of them have pointed out that the manufacturer is quick to answer any questions that the buyers might have regarding the product.

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MagniPros 3X Wide Horizontal

This unit is convenient to buy, as it comes fitted with a feasible storage pouch and a cloth that can be used to clean the dust and debris from the lens so that you get crisp viewings. Furthermore, this lamp also comes provided with an ergonomic handle for extra movability. Additionally, the unit is particularly lightweight as it only weighs 7 ounces.

When it comes to the product’s lighting system, we find it fit to remind you that it includes no less than 6 efficient LEDs. Besides, the buyer can change the product’s brightness (50% or 100%) if he/she considers it significant.

According to the reviews that it has received from its previous buyers, this model is a good investment. What is more, this unit is especially popular among those who suffer from Macular Degeneration. Likewise, the product’s illumination is considered superior when compared to other products from this price range.

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Magnifying glasses for coins - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are a passionate coins collector, chances are you are looking for the best magnifying glass for coin collecting available. However, as you know, reading reviews on this topic is an activity that not many find pleasure in. Consequently, we have decided to help you out by analyzing the market and drawing the necessary conclusions. As a result, we consider that the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is the product that you should consider. This device has a magnification power of 5x and a 2.5-inch diameter lens. Moreover, the product is very lightweight (it only weighs 6,7 ounces) and it is ideal for inspecting coins and stamps in low vision. What is more, this unit is lighted with 6 LED lights that allow the user to switch between three distinct brightness levels. If the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is out of stock, we recommend that you check out the Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10).

Finding a reliable magnifying glass for viewing coins is a process that requires plenty of attention and a keen eye for significant details. To help you out, we have taken it upon yourself to compile a list of crucial features that one should consider before settling for an item in this line of products. So, read ahead and make sure that you pick accordingly.

Type of lens

One of the first aspects that all coin collectors should pay attention to before they go online to purchase a product of this kind is the type of lens the unit comes outfitted with.

When it comes to the lens type, you should know that there are models that not all magnifying glasses come fitted with the same kind of lens. In fact, you can opt for products with multiple aligned acrylic lenses, products that have pre-focused dual lenses, and so on.

Still, no matter the kind of product that you choose, you should know that it is prudent that you settle for a unit that has had all its optic surfaces covered with a scratch resistant substance. The main advantage of these products is that they are prone to last an extended period of time, as they are not likely to become deteriorated and to make it difficult to successfully examine coins with them.

Likewise, while we are at it, it seems appropriate to remind you to keep an eye on the dimension of the lens that the product includes. Therefore, if you are interested in a product that will enable you to analyze coins that are small in dimensions, a unit with a 1-inch diameter should suffice.

Still, if you are interested in a larger unit that can give you a better look at the coin, we recommend that you invest in a product with a lens diameter between two inches and 3.25 inches.

Design

If you take a good look at the reviews of magnifying glasses for viewing coins that you can find online, the first aspect that is likely to catch your interest is the product’s design. As expected, this feature is worth your while as it might help you decide what item to pick.

From this point of view, all interested buyers can choose between the hand-held design and the self-standing units. While the first models are seen as obsolete by many, you should know that they are very versatile and practical, as they allow the user to have an overall image of a coin. Likewise, a person can also compare two coins at the same time while using such a product.

On the other hand, the self-standing models usually come supplied with plenty of new functions that the old design does not match. For instance, some of these items have pre-focused lenses that can be of help if you are a beginner in the art of coin analysis. Also, most of these devices feature LED illumination, a feature that is also quite practical.

Weight and magnification

Last but surely not least, the unit’s weight and its magnification ratio should also be considered. According to the specialists, if you want to pick the best coin magnifying glass, you should select a unit that is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This is expressly important if you are set on ordering a feasible hand-held unit. When it comes to the newer design, this aspect is not that important.

Moreover, before you go online and order the first model that you see up for sale, take a few extra moments to consider the products magnification. Usually, a 5x or a 7x ratio is considered sufficient by professional coin collectors.

Top magnifying glasses for coins reviews in 2018

If you are still not sure on what product to select, we have put together a list of high-quality models that you should necessarily consider before you make a decision. So, don’t waste any more time, start reading and select that one you like best.

Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88

With a great price to value ratio and numerous positive reviews and feedback comments from current users, the 5x LL-88 model should necessarily be of interest to you. This device comes provided with plenty of features that you are likely to find appealing.

For example, according to its manufacturer, the unit features multiple aligned acrylic lenses with a 5x power of magnification and a lens diameter of 2.5 inches. As a plus, the unit also includes no less than 6 LED lights that you can use to have a clearer and crisper view of the coin that you are observing.

Moreover, this product weighs 6.7 ounces and it measures 5.5x3.62x1.37 inches. Therefore, you can use it to examine coins of all dimensions. To function correctly, the product requires three AAA batteries that are not included in the price and that need to be purchased independently.

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Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10)

Another product that you should consider is the LLx10 model developed by the same manufacturer. This item comes supplied with a pre-focused 1.0-inch lens that you can use while viewing items up close. The product also incorporates a 10x power stand magnifier that includes a see-through acrylic base that will supply you with plenty of light.

The product is considered a good investment for all those that intend to utilize it for various purposes such as coin analysis, watchmaking, geology, biology, electronics, and so on. The model has the following dimensions 2.0x 2.0 x 1.75 inches and it weighs 1.4 ounces.

The model is covered by a lifetime warranty, a reason why you should not worry about it breaking easily and needing to invest in a new product. Current users of the model have said that the item has a good power of magnification, that it has a sturdy construction, and that it is great for coin collecting enthusiasts.

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Carson LumiDome Plus LD-75

If you are interested in a cool looking unit that is also quite feasible, check out the LD-75 model developed by the same manufacturer, Carson LumiDome. The product has an eye-catching acrylic construction that is shatterproof as well as a 2x magnifying lens that covers a viewing area of 2.5 inches.

The model can be used when analyzing coins, when viewing miniatures, stamps, and when reading. Because of its delicate base, the model comes shipped with an additional microfiber cloth pouch that you can utilize to store product in between uses.  Likewise, this item is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

According to the product’s previous buyers, this magnifying glass is very easy to manage, because it features a recessed center that protects it from being scratched. Even more so, the etched and faceted sides that the model includes are said to provide a good grip that any user will highly appreciate.

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Dreame 30X 60X LED Lighted

A best seller in this line of products, this model produced by Dreame is both cost-efficient and effortless to maneuver. As a plus, this is a pocket-sized magnifying glass that is easy to carry around and use whenever you need to.

The model features a dual design that comprises two distinct lenses. The main lens has a diameter of 30x22mm, while the second one measures 60x12mm. The product was manufactured using durable aluminum and a plastic housing, reason why it is very light and effortless to carry with you when on the go. If you decide to purchase this model, you should know that the manufacturer also includes a small case that is meant to protect the magnifying glass when not used.

Another mentionable feature of this item is its foldable design. Moreover, this unit has received great reviews from its previous purchasers. Most of them have said that this model is worth the money, especially because of its maneuverability.

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Carson MagniView 2x DS-36

If you are fond of classical looking magnifying glasses and you are not interested in paying a lot of money in order to buy one, the Carson MagniView 2x DS-36 is the model for you. This device is scratch resistant and it has a 4.5x power that will allow you to use it for a variety of purposes.

When it comes to the product’s technical details, all interested buyers should remember that this lens is 3.25 inches in diameter and that it contains a thumb groove, often described as ergonomic that is placed on the product’s handle. The main purpose of the groove is to add more stability and comfort to the item.

As a plus, a built-in rim is said to protect the unit from scratches and dust accumulation. In an attempt to make sure that all its customers are satisfied with the purchase, the item is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

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How to use a magnifying glass for your purpose

 

What is numismatics?

This is certainly a topic for those interested in the study of history, but it can be challenging for everyone since it really puts your knowledge to the test.

Numismatics, or in simpler terms, the process of studying ancient coins, currency or any other means of exchanging goods, is a way of discovering ancient civilizations and their value system in relation to the one we use today.

First historical mention

The geographical position and the era of the first coin ever to be made in the world says something about the root of civilization and the technological advancement of the people back then.

To our knowledge, the first hand-struck coins were found in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city. It was close to 2,700 years old and one of the first examples of modern commerce techniques. It was manufactured from an alloy of gold and silver, and it stands as a testament to the power and culture of Ancient Greece.

Later on, the first city to emit a coin of its own was Florence, in the heart of Toscana, around the year 1252. It’s no wonder it went on to become the soul of the Renaissance in the later centuries, attracting bright minds from all over Italy and the world.

Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numismatics became widespread during the time of the European Renaissance (that is the study of coins, not necessarily the collecting activity) because the historians of the time were trying to rediscover the roots of the classical world, through any means available to them.

 

Roots of the hobby

For many of us, it may seem as if this hobby is as contemporary as it gets since people have only been interested in studying the culture and behavior of their ancestors in later years.

However, you couldn’t be more wrong, since collecting coins has been a thing since the time of kings and queens, and it used to be a hobby reserved only for the royals and the bourgeoisie.

The first gathering took place much later, in August 1962, in Detroit Michigan. Close to 40,000 attended, showing the world how much of widespread interest numismatics is.

Nowadays it’s available for everyone, and the prices are not as high as you would expect. Most sellers will let you buy their collections for a little over their actual value. However, if you’re keen on studying the fine details, you might need some expensive equipment, like, for example, a good microscope for coins.

 

Crazy weather

We all complain whenever it gets a little nasty weather-wise, but there’s nothing like having to bear through a tornado of silver coins! It’s a real fact, and it happened in Russia in 1940 at Gorky, where a storm lifted a money chest and proceeded to spread its contents all over the city.

One can only imagine the enthusiasm of the citizens after seeing the results of the so-called rain, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones that got caught in the silver storm.

The extremes

How would you like to learn more about the largest currency ever issued? It belonged to the Ming dynasty in China, and it circulated during their time of rule. As for the smallest currency, that belongs to Romania, and it was issued in 1917. They were called ‘paper coins’ and they still are the smallest banknotes ever designed.

 

Where can you find coins

The most obvious answer would be, of course, to hit the antique markets because that’s where the sellers dwell. Chances are if you search there, you’ll find convenient prices and unique models, that no one else might have.

If you’re a bit more at ease and you prefer going straight to the source, in the United States you can buy coins directly from the mint, for a slightly higher price than you would pay if you got them from another seller.

They have an entire catalog of the models that they carry, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from, which makes it worth the price.

However, for a coin collector to really know their craft, they will need more than just the items in their collection, they will also need some tools to handle them. For that, we recommend that you consider buying a reliable magnifying glass since it will help you observe the coins in a significant level of detail.

 

Do old coins actually smell?

It’s a common mistake to assume that if a lot of time has passed since a coin was issued, it will take on a sort of unpleasant smell. Research has been carried out, and it appears the metals and alloys used to manufacture coins have no scent of their own.

Instead, if they get into contact with the human skin, that’s when they’ll mix will the oils and create the familiar unpleasant smell that we associate with old metal. For this to be avoided, we recommend you only touch ancient coins while wearing protective gloves, to prevent the smell from being developed, as well as to prevent scratching their surface.

Religious connections

It might seem like a long shot, but in fact, it’s actually true. This hobby has been assigned to a Patron Saint, as a sign of recognition and appreciation. We’re referring to the Saint Eligius figure, a French citizen in the 6th century that was sanctified after death and is said to protect miners and metal workers.

 

An image of the past

Aside from teaching us about technological advancement and the economy of the society that they come from, coins also serve another important role that is often overlooked. They are frequently stamped with the features of the rulers of the time they were issued in.

Before modern face mapping technology existed, researchers would base their assumptions on the features presented on the coins when trying to reproduce the faces of worldwide famous leaders. They might be different from the ones we know today, but they were undoubtedly the starting point for this kind of research.

 

 

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What are your interests?

When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.

Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.

The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.

The Standing Liberty Quarter

Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.

This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.

There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.

 

St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto

This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.

You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.

 

The Steel Penny

Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.

As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.

The Kansas State Quarter

Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.

Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.

 

The Peace Dollar

Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.

The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.

 

Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.

The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.

Three Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.

The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.

 

The Washington Quarter

This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.

It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.

 

 

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If you’ve ever read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you probably know that the tool of choice for Sherlock Holmes used to be a magnifying glass. This gadget has evolved a lot over the years, and that’s because technology is slowly but surely shaping the way we live.

Nonetheless, despite being somewhat antiquated compared to other gadgets that can literally magnify various subjects, be they binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, or microscopes, magnifying glasses are still quite popular with certain amateurs and professionals. What’s more, they prove their worth under a variety of circumstances where other devices might be useless.

We’ve noticed that there’s a trend going around which basically involves using your iPhone or Android device as a magnifier. The fact of the matter is that, in some situations, smartphones and tablets might not be able to raise up to par. And one of these situations is macular degeneration, which is a condition that affects people typically older than 50.

These individuals do not have the eyesight to handle a smartphone, so they absolutely need a magnifying glass. The same goes for people who make handmade jewelry, who are coin collectors, and even those who like to repair electronic components in their spare time, although they might want to use a dissecting microscope for such a purpose.

We’ve put together a list of things you may want to consider if you want to make the most of your magnifier or magnifying glass. Check them out below.

 

Just what do you want to use it for?

When it comes to the design of these products, not a single one can be compared to the other. Some are handheld while others can be used conveniently without the operator needing to fiddle with their components in any way. By the same token, some are compact and portable while others need to be utilized at home or at the office.

If the activity you are getting the magnifying glass for involves spending a lot of time using it, we do not recommend choosing a handheld unit. You can get a new magnifying glass for cheap, but try and make sure that it’s self-standing or can rest on something while you tend to your business.

Some models designed specifically for reading, as are those for people with macular degeneration, simply have to be placed on top of the page. We’ve noticed that there are several variations in terms of the design of such products, but most are capable of magnifying up to half of a page.

There are some magnifying glasses that can be attached to headsets, and they prove their worth to people who repair tiny things. All you have to do is modify the position of the magnifier and take a peek through the lens.

 

How does a magnifying glass work?

Typically, such a product is outfitted with one or two convex lenses. These lenses are capable of either bending light rays so that they come together. The type of magnification actually depends on where the eye of the person looking through the glass is located. Therefore, you can see the subjects smaller if you move away from the magnifying glass and see them bigger as you come closer to it.

As we were saying above, not all models are made the same, and that’s why they have different magnification powers. Some can increase the image of a subject by up to five times, but others can only do this by three times.

With most handheld magnifiers, you can always take advantage of the convenience of their design. What this means is that you can move them closer or farther from the subject or from the page of a book. In fact, that’s what most people should do if their eyesight isn’t particularly accurate.

Aberrations

Most magnifying glasses have a somewhat low magnifying power, especially when compared to devices capable of better performance in this sense, such as microscopes. Low-power types are common and let’s face it; they have their limitations.

One thing that few people consider when they are in the market for a new product in this line is that they shouldn’t solely focus on the magnification as a feature of their gadget. In fact, the higher the magnification capability of the glass, the more likely it is for it to produce optical aberrations, of which spherical ones are most common.

There are several magnifying glass designs you could consider if you really are interested in getting a superior magnification power. These are represented by Hastings triplets and Coddington magnifiers. Due to their design, they are often called loupes.

What is the difference in terms of the magnification between a typical magnifying glass and a Hastings triplet, for instance? This is a logical question you should ask yourself so as to understand whether or not you really need to increase the image that much. A Hastings triplet can boast a fixed 30x magnification power, but that’s the maximum it can achieve. For anything else that goes beyond 30x, we suggest getting another device, even something as simple as a USB microscope.

Using an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Perhaps this is the part you have been waiting for, so we won’t disappoint you. We’ll tell you just how you can use your iPhone as a magnifier. First off, for operating systems like iOS 10 and above, you might not know that there’s a neat feature that can indeed turn your smartphone into a magnifier.

You can find it in Settings->General-> Accessibility->Magnifier. Switch the setting on and then press the Home button three times to turn the camera on and look at magnified images. We’ve tested the feature, and it actually works. Best of all, you can even increase or decrease the magnification as per your needs.

 

 

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Lighted magnifying glasses - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are interested in purchasing the best magnifying glass with light money can get you but you simply don’t have the time to do the needed research on the subject, this short introduction should clue you in. After reading what the specialist had to say about the best models on the market, we have concluded that the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is the model for you. This product comes fitted with two bright LED lights that can help you get a good view of the coins that you are examining. Moreover, this unit has a flexible neck that can help you modify its position in accordance with your needs.  Also, the item has a powerful magnification ratio of 5x. If the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is unavailable, check out the Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light as you are likely to equally like it.

Because we know that finding the best lighted magnifying glass is not a task that comes without its difficulties, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of high-quality features that you should pay attention to when shopping in this line of products.

Lighting functionality

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding a good magnifying glass that is also illuminated, there are many aspects that require one’s attention.  For once, it is important that he/she invests in a product that comes provided with a potent light source. When it comes to this feature, you should know that there are models that include very practical LED lights that make it effortless for you to spot all details on a coin.

What is more, some units have different brightness levels that you can choose between so that you don't hurt your eyes while using the magnifying glass. Similarly, it is worth pointing to the fact that some units are battery operated while others can be used with an AC/DC adapter.

Therefore, before you select the first model that you like from the myriad of units that are up for sale, it might be a good idea to take the time to go through a handful of different models. This way, you will get a better understanding of how your needs can be met by a product of this type.

Design and maneuverability

Other aspects that you should keep in mind before you settle for a product are the model’s design and, also, the item’s maneuverability. Therefore, you have to pick between a self-standing model and a handheld unit. The later models are a bit less practical than the first ones, particularly because they can make the user feel tired when used for a long period of time.

However, the main advantage of hand-held models is the fact that they are easy to carry around, due to their small dimensions and (in some cases) foldability. Even more so, these products tend to be lightweight.

On the contrary, self-standing units are ideal when used at home and quite versatile. In fact, one can use them when viewing coins, reading, sewing, and while crafting. Also, these units have a wide lens diameter, reason why many prefer them.

Additional features you should think about

Before you make up your mind, our suggestion is that you spend some extra time considering a couple of extra features recommended in all magnifying glass reviews that are available online. For example, previous buyers of magnifying glasses have pointed to the fact that one should take a good look at the materials used in creating such a unit.

From this point of view, it becomes clear that one should only invest in those products that have been constructed from durable materials such as aluminum. The reason why this is important has to do with the fact that these models are very resistant and more likely to be dependable as time goes on.

Last but not least, magnification is equally essential. As expected, because magnifying glasses are primarily used to magnify certain objects, you should only settle for top-notch items that have a magnification power of at least 5x.

Top magnifying glasses with light reviews in 2018

After a quick glance at reviews of magnifying glasses with light, one can effortlessly understand that finding a unit that completely suits his/her needs is a complicated task. Because we know this too well, we have decided to help you out by putting together a list of products that are worthy of your time and money.

Carson DeskBrite200 LED

This model developed and produced by Carson has both a 2x magnification ratio and a 5x power spot lens that is integrated into the product’s design. As a plus, the unit’s neck is flexible and fully adjustable so that you are 100% comfortable while using the product.

Because of the product’s acrylic lens that has a 4-inch diameter, this magnifying glass is often described as very versatile, as it allows the buyer to use it for various types of activities such as reading, coin analysis, soldering and so much more.

Even more so, this device is lighted by two distinct light bulbs that can be charged with the included AC/DC adapter and/or can run on three AAA batteries. Similarly, it is important that we add that the magnifier can be rotated 90 degrees so that all your needs are met. Most of the product’s buyers were happy with their purchase.

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Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light

Another product that you should take into account is the product produced by Marrywindix. This unit is made from a sturdy plastic and it features plenty of illumination for both lenses included in the design.

Because this product has an ergonomic design, it is effortless to handle and you will be able to turn on the lights effortlessly, as they are positioned on the product’s handle. Apart from these features, we should say that this unit has a size diameter of 75mmx18mm/2.9''x0.5'' and an approximate handle length of 11cm/4.3''.

The light sources that the model includes are said to be bright enough when used in basically any dark environment. The 3 AAA batteries necessary for the LED lights to function are not included in the product’s price and they need to be bought separately.

Magnification-wise, this model features two distinct lenses that come with distinct magnification ratios. Therefore, the large unit has a power of 5x, while the smaller unit comes fitted with a 20x magnification ratio.

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Fancii Daylight LED 3X

If you are looking for a new magnifying glass that can fit your desk perfectly, we recommend that you check out the Fancii Daylight LED 3X. This model stands out from the previous units because it comes equipped with an 8-diopter optical glass lens that has a magnification ratio of 3x. Even more so, this product supplies its users with a distortion-free view of the object that is being analyzed.

This unit’s lighting source has a lifespan of 6 hours but it can be recharged when necessary. The LED lights included in the design have distinct brightness levels that you can switch between if needed.

Lastly, this is a 15-inch tall lamp that can be fitted on any desk by attaching it with the use of a metal clamp that is included in the package. The product’s height can be changed if you consider that this is important.

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Carson 5x MiniBrite LED

Yet another model that you should have in mind before you decide to place an order is the Carson 5x MiniBrite LED. This product comes provided with an l5x slide-out magnifier that is quite dependable. The unit has a lens dimension of 1.3 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.

Similarly, this model is compact and very lightweight when compared to other models available on the market. Consequently, you can carry this unit in your pocket and/or purse and use it throughout the day. The clear Aspheric lens that the product incorporates is also a feature that you are deemed to find appealing.

Price-wise, this model has a great price to value ratio. In fact, current users of the unit say that the product is a great investment. Also, many of them have pointed out that the manufacturer is quick to answer any questions that the buyers might have regarding the product.

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MagniPros 3X Wide Horizontal

This unit is convenient to buy, as it comes fitted with a feasible storage pouch and a cloth that can be used to clean the dust and debris from the lens so that you get crisp viewings. Furthermore, this lamp also comes provided with an ergonomic handle for extra movability. Additionally, the unit is particularly lightweight as it only weighs 7 ounces.

When it comes to the product’s lighting system, we find it fit to remind you that it includes no less than 6 efficient LEDs. Besides, the buyer can change the product’s brightness (50% or 100%) if he/she considers it significant.

According to the reviews that it has received from its previous buyers, this model is a good investment. What is more, this unit is especially popular among those who suffer from Macular Degeneration. Likewise, the product’s illumination is considered superior when compared to other products from this price range.

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Magnifying glasses for coins - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are a passionate coins collector, chances are you are looking for the best magnifying glass for coin collecting available. However, as you know, reading reviews on this topic is an activity that not many find pleasure in. Consequently, we have decided to help you out by analyzing the market and drawing the necessary conclusions. As a result, we consider that the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is the product that you should consider. This device has a magnification power of 5x and a 2.5-inch diameter lens. Moreover, the product is very lightweight (it only weighs 6,7 ounces) and it is ideal for inspecting coins and stamps in low vision. What is more, this unit is lighted with 6 LED lights that allow the user to switch between three distinct brightness levels. If the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is out of stock, we recommend that you check out the Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10).

Finding a reliable magnifying glass for viewing coins is a process that requires plenty of attention and a keen eye for significant details. To help you out, we have taken it upon yourself to compile a list of crucial features that one should consider before settling for an item in this line of products. So, read ahead and make sure that you pick accordingly.

Type of lens

One of the first aspects that all coin collectors should pay attention to before they go online to purchase a product of this kind is the type of lens the unit comes outfitted with.

When it comes to the lens type, you should know that there are models that not all magnifying glasses come fitted with the same kind of lens. In fact, you can opt for products with multiple aligned acrylic lenses, products that have pre-focused dual lenses, and so on.

Still, no matter the kind of product that you choose, you should know that it is prudent that you settle for a unit that has had all its optic surfaces covered with a scratch resistant substance. The main advantage of these products is that they are prone to last an extended period of time, as they are not likely to become deteriorated and to make it difficult to successfully examine coins with them.

Likewise, while we are at it, it seems appropriate to remind you to keep an eye on the dimension of the lens that the product includes. Therefore, if you are interested in a product that will enable you to analyze coins that are small in dimensions, a unit with a 1-inch diameter should suffice.

Still, if you are interested in a larger unit that can give you a better look at the coin, we recommend that you invest in a product with a lens diameter between two inches and 3.25 inches.

Design

If you take a good look at the reviews of magnifying glasses for viewing coins that you can find online, the first aspect that is likely to catch your interest is the product’s design. As expected, this feature is worth your while as it might help you decide what item to pick.

From this point of view, all interested buyers can choose between the hand-held design and the self-standing units. While the first models are seen as obsolete by many, you should know that they are very versatile and practical, as they allow the user to have an overall image of a coin. Likewise, a person can also compare two coins at the same time while using such a product.

On the other hand, the self-standing models usually come supplied with plenty of new functions that the old design does not match. For instance, some of these items have pre-focused lenses that can be of help if you are a beginner in the art of coin analysis. Also, most of these devices feature LED illumination, a feature that is also quite practical.

Weight and magnification

Last but surely not least, the unit’s weight and its magnification ratio should also be considered. According to the specialists, if you want to pick the best coin magnifying glass, you should select a unit that is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This is expressly important if you are set on ordering a feasible hand-held unit. When it comes to the newer design, this aspect is not that important.

Moreover, before you go online and order the first model that you see up for sale, take a few extra moments to consider the products magnification. Usually, a 5x or a 7x ratio is considered sufficient by professional coin collectors.

Top magnifying glasses for coins reviews in 2018

If you are still not sure on what product to select, we have put together a list of high-quality models that you should necessarily consider before you make a decision. So, don’t waste any more time, start reading and select that one you like best.

Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88

With a great price to value ratio and numerous positive reviews and feedback comments from current users, the 5x LL-88 model should necessarily be of interest to you. This device comes provided with plenty of features that you are likely to find appealing.

For example, according to its manufacturer, the unit features multiple aligned acrylic lenses with a 5x power of magnification and a lens diameter of 2.5 inches. As a plus, the unit also includes no less than 6 LED lights that you can use to have a clearer and crisper view of the coin that you are observing.

Moreover, this product weighs 6.7 ounces and it measures 5.5x3.62x1.37 inches. Therefore, you can use it to examine coins of all dimensions. To function correctly, the product requires three AAA batteries that are not included in the price and that need to be purchased independently.

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Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10)

Another product that you should consider is the LLx10 model developed by the same manufacturer. This item comes supplied with a pre-focused 1.0-inch lens that you can use while viewing items up close. The product also incorporates a 10x power stand magnifier that includes a see-through acrylic base that will supply you with plenty of light.

The product is considered a good investment for all those that intend to utilize it for various purposes such as coin analysis, watchmaking, geology, biology, electronics, and so on. The model has the following dimensions 2.0x 2.0 x 1.75 inches and it weighs 1.4 ounces.

The model is covered by a lifetime warranty, a reason why you should not worry about it breaking easily and needing to invest in a new product. Current users of the model have said that the item has a good power of magnification, that it has a sturdy construction, and that it is great for coin collecting enthusiasts.

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Carson LumiDome Plus LD-75

If you are interested in a cool looking unit that is also quite feasible, check out the LD-75 model developed by the same manufacturer, Carson LumiDome. The product has an eye-catching acrylic construction that is shatterproof as well as a 2x magnifying lens that covers a viewing area of 2.5 inches.

The model can be used when analyzing coins, when viewing miniatures, stamps, and when reading. Because of its delicate base, the model comes shipped with an additional microfiber cloth pouch that you can utilize to store product in between uses.  Likewise, this item is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

According to the product’s previous buyers, this magnifying glass is very easy to manage, because it features a recessed center that protects it from being scratched. Even more so, the etched and faceted sides that the model includes are said to provide a good grip that any user will highly appreciate.

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Dreame 30X 60X LED Lighted

A best seller in this line of products, this model produced by Dreame is both cost-efficient and effortless to maneuver. As a plus, this is a pocket-sized magnifying glass that is easy to carry around and use whenever you need to.

The model features a dual design that comprises two distinct lenses. The main lens has a diameter of 30x22mm, while the second one measures 60x12mm. The product was manufactured using durable aluminum and a plastic housing, reason why it is very light and effortless to carry with you when on the go. If you decide to purchase this model, you should know that the manufacturer also includes a small case that is meant to protect the magnifying glass when not used.

Another mentionable feature of this item is its foldable design. Moreover, this unit has received great reviews from its previous purchasers. Most of them have said that this model is worth the money, especially because of its maneuverability.

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Carson MagniView 2x DS-36

If you are fond of classical looking magnifying glasses and you are not interested in paying a lot of money in order to buy one, the Carson MagniView 2x DS-36 is the model for you. This device is scratch resistant and it has a 4.5x power that will allow you to use it for a variety of purposes.

When it comes to the product’s technical details, all interested buyers should remember that this lens is 3.25 inches in diameter and that it contains a thumb groove, often described as ergonomic that is placed on the product’s handle. The main purpose of the groove is to add more stability and comfort to the item.

As a plus, a built-in rim is said to protect the unit from scratches and dust accumulation. In an attempt to make sure that all its customers are satisfied with the purchase, the item is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

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What is numismatics?

This is certainly a topic for those interested in the study of history, but it can be challenging for everyone since it really puts your knowledge to the test.

Numismatics, or in simpler terms, the process of studying ancient coins, currency or any other means of exchanging goods, is a way of discovering ancient civilizations and their value system in relation to the one we use today.

First historical mention

The geographical position and the era of the first coin ever to be made in the world says something about the root of civilization and the technological advancement of the people back then.

To our knowledge, the first hand-struck coins were found in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city. It was close to 2,700 years old and one of the first examples of modern commerce techniques. It was manufactured from an alloy of gold and silver, and it stands as a testament to the power and culture of Ancient Greece.

Later on, the first city to emit a coin of its own was Florence, in the heart of Toscana, around the year 1252. It’s no wonder it went on to become the soul of the Renaissance in the later centuries, attracting bright minds from all over Italy and the world.

Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numismatics became widespread during the time of the European Renaissance (that is the study of coins, not necessarily the collecting activity) because the historians of the time were trying to rediscover the roots of the classical world, through any means available to them.

 

Roots of the hobby

For many of us, it may seem as if this hobby is as contemporary as it gets since people have only been interested in studying the culture and behavior of their ancestors in later years.

However, you couldn’t be more wrong, since collecting coins has been a thing since the time of kings and queens, and it used to be a hobby reserved only for the royals and the bourgeoisie.

The first gathering took place much later, in August 1962, in Detroit Michigan. Close to 40,000 attended, showing the world how much of widespread interest numismatics is.

Nowadays it’s available for everyone, and the prices are not as high as you would expect. Most sellers will let you buy their collections for a little over their actual value. However, if you’re keen on studying the fine details, you might need some expensive equipment, like, for example, a good microscope for coins.

 

Crazy weather

We all complain whenever it gets a little nasty weather-wise, but there’s nothing like having to bear through a tornado of silver coins! It’s a real fact, and it happened in Russia in 1940 at Gorky, where a storm lifted a money chest and proceeded to spread its contents all over the city.

One can only imagine the enthusiasm of the citizens after seeing the results of the so-called rain, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones that got caught in the silver storm.

The extremes

How would you like to learn more about the largest currency ever issued? It belonged to the Ming dynasty in China, and it circulated during their time of rule. As for the smallest currency, that belongs to Romania, and it was issued in 1917. They were called ‘paper coins’ and they still are the smallest banknotes ever designed.

 

Where can you find coins

The most obvious answer would be, of course, to hit the antique markets because that’s where the sellers dwell. Chances are if you search there, you’ll find convenient prices and unique models, that no one else might have.

If you’re a bit more at ease and you prefer going straight to the source, in the United States you can buy coins directly from the mint, for a slightly higher price than you would pay if you got them from another seller.

They have an entire catalog of the models that they carry, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from, which makes it worth the price.

However, for a coin collector to really know their craft, they will need more than just the items in their collection, they will also need some tools to handle them. For that, we recommend that you consider buying a reliable magnifying glass since it will help you observe the coins in a significant level of detail.

 

Do old coins actually smell?

It’s a common mistake to assume that if a lot of time has passed since a coin was issued, it will take on a sort of unpleasant smell. Research has been carried out, and it appears the metals and alloys used to manufacture coins have no scent of their own.

Instead, if they get into contact with the human skin, that’s when they’ll mix will the oils and create the familiar unpleasant smell that we associate with old metal. For this to be avoided, we recommend you only touch ancient coins while wearing protective gloves, to prevent the smell from being developed, as well as to prevent scratching their surface.

Religious connections

It might seem like a long shot, but in fact, it’s actually true. This hobby has been assigned to a Patron Saint, as a sign of recognition and appreciation. We’re referring to the Saint Eligius figure, a French citizen in the 6th century that was sanctified after death and is said to protect miners and metal workers.

 

An image of the past

Aside from teaching us about technological advancement and the economy of the society that they come from, coins also serve another important role that is often overlooked. They are frequently stamped with the features of the rulers of the time they were issued in.

Before modern face mapping technology existed, researchers would base their assumptions on the features presented on the coins when trying to reproduce the faces of worldwide famous leaders. They might be different from the ones we know today, but they were undoubtedly the starting point for this kind of research.

 

 

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What are your interests?

When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.

Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.

The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.

The Standing Liberty Quarter

Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.

This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.

There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.

 

St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto

This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.

You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.

 

The Steel Penny

Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.

As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.

The Kansas State Quarter

Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.

Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.

 

The Peace Dollar

Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.

The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.

 

Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.

The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.

Three Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.

The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.

 

The Washington Quarter

This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.

It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.

 

 

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If you’ve ever read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you probably know that the tool of choice for Sherlock Holmes used to be a magnifying glass. This gadget has evolved a lot over the years, and that’s because technology is slowly but surely shaping the way we live.

Nonetheless, despite being somewhat antiquated compared to other gadgets that can literally magnify various subjects, be they binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, or microscopes, magnifying glasses are still quite popular with certain amateurs and professionals. What’s more, they prove their worth under a variety of circumstances where other devices might be useless.

We’ve noticed that there’s a trend going around which basically involves using your iPhone or Android device as a magnifier. The fact of the matter is that, in some situations, smartphones and tablets might not be able to raise up to par. And one of these situations is macular degeneration, which is a condition that affects people typically older than 50.

These individuals do not have the eyesight to handle a smartphone, so they absolutely need a magnifying glass. The same goes for people who make handmade jewelry, who are coin collectors, and even those who like to repair electronic components in their spare time, although they might want to use a dissecting microscope for such a purpose.

We’ve put together a list of things you may want to consider if you want to make the most of your magnifier or magnifying glass. Check them out below.

 

Just what do you want to use it for?

When it comes to the design of these products, not a single one can be compared to the other. Some are handheld while others can be used conveniently without the operator needing to fiddle with their components in any way. By the same token, some are compact and portable while others need to be utilized at home or at the office.

If the activity you are getting the magnifying glass for involves spending a lot of time using it, we do not recommend choosing a handheld unit. You can get a new magnifying glass for cheap, but try and make sure that it’s self-standing or can rest on something while you tend to your business.

Some models designed specifically for reading, as are those for people with macular degeneration, simply have to be placed on top of the page. We’ve noticed that there are several variations in terms of the design of such products, but most are capable of magnifying up to half of a page.

There are some magnifying glasses that can be attached to headsets, and they prove their worth to people who repair tiny things. All you have to do is modify the position of the magnifier and take a peek through the lens.

 

How does a magnifying glass work?

Typically, such a product is outfitted with one or two convex lenses. These lenses are capable of either bending light rays so that they come together. The type of magnification actually depends on where the eye of the person looking through the glass is located. Therefore, you can see the subjects smaller if you move away from the magnifying glass and see them bigger as you come closer to it.

As we were saying above, not all models are made the same, and that’s why they have different magnification powers. Some can increase the image of a subject by up to five times, but others can only do this by three times.

With most handheld magnifiers, you can always take advantage of the convenience of their design. What this means is that you can move them closer or farther from the subject or from the page of a book. In fact, that’s what most people should do if their eyesight isn’t particularly accurate.

Aberrations

Most magnifying glasses have a somewhat low magnifying power, especially when compared to devices capable of better performance in this sense, such as microscopes. Low-power types are common and let’s face it; they have their limitations.

One thing that few people consider when they are in the market for a new product in this line is that they shouldn’t solely focus on the magnification as a feature of their gadget. In fact, the higher the magnification capability of the glass, the more likely it is for it to produce optical aberrations, of which spherical ones are most common.

There are several magnifying glass designs you could consider if you really are interested in getting a superior magnification power. These are represented by Hastings triplets and Coddington magnifiers. Due to their design, they are often called loupes.

What is the difference in terms of the magnification between a typical magnifying glass and a Hastings triplet, for instance? This is a logical question you should ask yourself so as to understand whether or not you really need to increase the image that much. A Hastings triplet can boast a fixed 30x magnification power, but that’s the maximum it can achieve. For anything else that goes beyond 30x, we suggest getting another device, even something as simple as a USB microscope.

Using an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Perhaps this is the part you have been waiting for, so we won’t disappoint you. We’ll tell you just how you can use your iPhone as a magnifier. First off, for operating systems like iOS 10 and above, you might not know that there’s a neat feature that can indeed turn your smartphone into a magnifier.

You can find it in Settings->General-> Accessibility->Magnifier. Switch the setting on and then press the Home button three times to turn the camera on and look at magnified images. We’ve tested the feature, and it actually works. Best of all, you can even increase or decrease the magnification as per your needs.

 

 

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Lighted magnifying glasses - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are interested in purchasing the best magnifying glass with light money can get you but you simply don’t have the time to do the needed research on the subject, this short introduction should clue you in. After reading what the specialist had to say about the best models on the market, we have concluded that the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is the model for you. This product comes fitted with two bright LED lights that can help you get a good view of the coins that you are examining. Moreover, this unit has a flexible neck that can help you modify its position in accordance with your needs.  Also, the item has a powerful magnification ratio of 5x. If the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is unavailable, check out the Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light as you are likely to equally like it.

Because we know that finding the best lighted magnifying glass is not a task that comes without its difficulties, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of high-quality features that you should pay attention to when shopping in this line of products.

Lighting functionality

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding a good magnifying glass that is also illuminated, there are many aspects that require one’s attention.  For once, it is important that he/she invests in a product that comes provided with a potent light source. When it comes to this feature, you should know that there are models that include very practical LED lights that make it effortless for you to spot all details on a coin.

What is more, some units have different brightness levels that you can choose between so that you don't hurt your eyes while using the magnifying glass. Similarly, it is worth pointing to the fact that some units are battery operated while others can be used with an AC/DC adapter.

Therefore, before you select the first model that you like from the myriad of units that are up for sale, it might be a good idea to take the time to go through a handful of different models. This way, you will get a better understanding of how your needs can be met by a product of this type.

Design and maneuverability

Other aspects that you should keep in mind before you settle for a product are the model’s design and, also, the item’s maneuverability. Therefore, you have to pick between a self-standing model and a handheld unit. The later models are a bit less practical than the first ones, particularly because they can make the user feel tired when used for a long period of time.

However, the main advantage of hand-held models is the fact that they are easy to carry around, due to their small dimensions and (in some cases) foldability. Even more so, these products tend to be lightweight.

On the contrary, self-standing units are ideal when used at home and quite versatile. In fact, one can use them when viewing coins, reading, sewing, and while crafting. Also, these units have a wide lens diameter, reason why many prefer them.

Additional features you should think about

Before you make up your mind, our suggestion is that you spend some extra time considering a couple of extra features recommended in all magnifying glass reviews that are available online. For example, previous buyers of magnifying glasses have pointed to the fact that one should take a good look at the materials used in creating such a unit.

From this point of view, it becomes clear that one should only invest in those products that have been constructed from durable materials such as aluminum. The reason why this is important has to do with the fact that these models are very resistant and more likely to be dependable as time goes on.

Last but not least, magnification is equally essential. As expected, because magnifying glasses are primarily used to magnify certain objects, you should only settle for top-notch items that have a magnification power of at least 5x.

Top magnifying glasses with light reviews in 2018

After a quick glance at reviews of magnifying glasses with light, one can effortlessly understand that finding a unit that completely suits his/her needs is a complicated task. Because we know this too well, we have decided to help you out by putting together a list of products that are worthy of your time and money.

Carson DeskBrite200 LED

This model developed and produced by Carson has both a 2x magnification ratio and a 5x power spot lens that is integrated into the product’s design. As a plus, the unit’s neck is flexible and fully adjustable so that you are 100% comfortable while using the product.

Because of the product’s acrylic lens that has a 4-inch diameter, this magnifying glass is often described as very versatile, as it allows the buyer to use it for various types of activities such as reading, coin analysis, soldering and so much more.

Even more so, this device is lighted by two distinct light bulbs that can be charged with the included AC/DC adapter and/or can run on three AAA batteries. Similarly, it is important that we add that the magnifier can be rotated 90 degrees so that all your needs are met. Most of the product’s buyers were happy with their purchase.

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Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light

Another product that you should take into account is the product produced by Marrywindix. This unit is made from a sturdy plastic and it features plenty of illumination for both lenses included in the design.

Because this product has an ergonomic design, it is effortless to handle and you will be able to turn on the lights effortlessly, as they are positioned on the product’s handle. Apart from these features, we should say that this unit has a size diameter of 75mmx18mm/2.9''x0.5'' and an approximate handle length of 11cm/4.3''.

The light sources that the model includes are said to be bright enough when used in basically any dark environment. The 3 AAA batteries necessary for the LED lights to function are not included in the product’s price and they need to be bought separately.

Magnification-wise, this model features two distinct lenses that come with distinct magnification ratios. Therefore, the large unit has a power of 5x, while the smaller unit comes fitted with a 20x magnification ratio.

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Fancii Daylight LED 3X

If you are looking for a new magnifying glass that can fit your desk perfectly, we recommend that you check out the Fancii Daylight LED 3X. This model stands out from the previous units because it comes equipped with an 8-diopter optical glass lens that has a magnification ratio of 3x. Even more so, this product supplies its users with a distortion-free view of the object that is being analyzed.

This unit’s lighting source has a lifespan of 6 hours but it can be recharged when necessary. The LED lights included in the design have distinct brightness levels that you can switch between if needed.

Lastly, this is a 15-inch tall lamp that can be fitted on any desk by attaching it with the use of a metal clamp that is included in the package. The product’s height can be changed if you consider that this is important.

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Carson 5x MiniBrite LED

Yet another model that you should have in mind before you decide to place an order is the Carson 5x MiniBrite LED. This product comes provided with an l5x slide-out magnifier that is quite dependable. The unit has a lens dimension of 1.3 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.

Similarly, this model is compact and very lightweight when compared to other models available on the market. Consequently, you can carry this unit in your pocket and/or purse and use it throughout the day. The clear Aspheric lens that the product incorporates is also a feature that you are deemed to find appealing.

Price-wise, this model has a great price to value ratio. In fact, current users of the unit say that the product is a great investment. Also, many of them have pointed out that the manufacturer is quick to answer any questions that the buyers might have regarding the product.

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MagniPros 3X Wide Horizontal

This unit is convenient to buy, as it comes fitted with a feasible storage pouch and a cloth that can be used to clean the dust and debris from the lens so that you get crisp viewings. Furthermore, this lamp also comes provided with an ergonomic handle for extra movability. Additionally, the unit is particularly lightweight as it only weighs 7 ounces.

When it comes to the product’s lighting system, we find it fit to remind you that it includes no less than 6 efficient LEDs. Besides, the buyer can change the product’s brightness (50% or 100%) if he/she considers it significant.

According to the reviews that it has received from its previous buyers, this model is a good investment. What is more, this unit is especially popular among those who suffer from Macular Degeneration. Likewise, the product’s illumination is considered superior when compared to other products from this price range.

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Magnifying glasses for coins - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are a passionate coins collector, chances are you are looking for the best magnifying glass for coin collecting available. However, as you know, reading reviews on this topic is an activity that not many find pleasure in. Consequently, we have decided to help you out by analyzing the market and drawing the necessary conclusions. As a result, we consider that the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is the product that you should consider. This device has a magnification power of 5x and a 2.5-inch diameter lens. Moreover, the product is very lightweight (it only weighs 6,7 ounces) and it is ideal for inspecting coins and stamps in low vision. What is more, this unit is lighted with 6 LED lights that allow the user to switch between three distinct brightness levels. If the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is out of stock, we recommend that you check out the Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10).

Finding a reliable magnifying glass for viewing coins is a process that requires plenty of attention and a keen eye for significant details. To help you out, we have taken it upon yourself to compile a list of crucial features that one should consider before settling for an item in this line of products. So, read ahead and make sure that you pick accordingly.

Type of lens

One of the first aspects that all coin collectors should pay attention to before they go online to purchase a product of this kind is the type of lens the unit comes outfitted with.

When it comes to the lens type, you should know that there are models that not all magnifying glasses come fitted with the same kind of lens. In fact, you can opt for products with multiple aligned acrylic lenses, products that have pre-focused dual lenses, and so on.

Still, no matter the kind of product that you choose, you should know that it is prudent that you settle for a unit that has had all its optic surfaces covered with a scratch resistant substance. The main advantage of these products is that they are prone to last an extended period of time, as they are not likely to become deteriorated and to make it difficult to successfully examine coins with them.

Likewise, while we are at it, it seems appropriate to remind you to keep an eye on the dimension of the lens that the product includes. Therefore, if you are interested in a product that will enable you to analyze coins that are small in dimensions, a unit with a 1-inch diameter should suffice.

Still, if you are interested in a larger unit that can give you a better look at the coin, we recommend that you invest in a product with a lens diameter between two inches and 3.25 inches.

Design

If you take a good look at the reviews of magnifying glasses for viewing coins that you can find online, the first aspect that is likely to catch your interest is the product’s design. As expected, this feature is worth your while as it might help you decide what item to pick.

From this point of view, all interested buyers can choose between the hand-held design and the self-standing units. While the first models are seen as obsolete by many, you should know that they are very versatile and practical, as they allow the user to have an overall image of a coin. Likewise, a person can also compare two coins at the same time while using such a product.

On the other hand, the self-standing models usually come supplied with plenty of new functions that the old design does not match. For instance, some of these items have pre-focused lenses that can be of help if you are a beginner in the art of coin analysis. Also, most of these devices feature LED illumination, a feature that is also quite practical.

Weight and magnification

Last but surely not least, the unit’s weight and its magnification ratio should also be considered. According to the specialists, if you want to pick the best coin magnifying glass, you should select a unit that is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This is expressly important if you are set on ordering a feasible hand-held unit. When it comes to the newer design, this aspect is not that important.

Moreover, before you go online and order the first model that you see up for sale, take a few extra moments to consider the products magnification. Usually, a 5x or a 7x ratio is considered sufficient by professional coin collectors.

Top magnifying glasses for coins reviews in 2018

If you are still not sure on what product to select, we have put together a list of high-quality models that you should necessarily consider before you make a decision. So, don’t waste any more time, start reading and select that one you like best.

Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88

With a great price to value ratio and numerous positive reviews and feedback comments from current users, the 5x LL-88 model should necessarily be of interest to you. This device comes provided with plenty of features that you are likely to find appealing.

For example, according to its manufacturer, the unit features multiple aligned acrylic lenses with a 5x power of magnification and a lens diameter of 2.5 inches. As a plus, the unit also includes no less than 6 LED lights that you can use to have a clearer and crisper view of the coin that you are observing.

Moreover, this product weighs 6.7 ounces and it measures 5.5x3.62x1.37 inches. Therefore, you can use it to examine coins of all dimensions. To function correctly, the product requires three AAA batteries that are not included in the price and that need to be purchased independently.

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Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10)

Another product that you should consider is the LLx10 model developed by the same manufacturer. This item comes supplied with a pre-focused 1.0-inch lens that you can use while viewing items up close. The product also incorporates a 10x power stand magnifier that includes a see-through acrylic base that will supply you with plenty of light.

The product is considered a good investment for all those that intend to utilize it for various purposes such as coin analysis, watchmaking, geology, biology, electronics, and so on. The model has the following dimensions 2.0x 2.0 x 1.75 inches and it weighs 1.4 ounces.

The model is covered by a lifetime warranty, a reason why you should not worry about it breaking easily and needing to invest in a new product. Current users of the model have said that the item has a good power of magnification, that it has a sturdy construction, and that it is great for coin collecting enthusiasts.

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Carson LumiDome Plus LD-75

If you are interested in a cool looking unit that is also quite feasible, check out the LD-75 model developed by the same manufacturer, Carson LumiDome. The product has an eye-catching acrylic construction that is shatterproof as well as a 2x magnifying lens that covers a viewing area of 2.5 inches.

The model can be used when analyzing coins, when viewing miniatures, stamps, and when reading. Because of its delicate base, the model comes shipped with an additional microfiber cloth pouch that you can utilize to store product in between uses.  Likewise, this item is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

According to the product’s previous buyers, this magnifying glass is very easy to manage, because it features a recessed center that protects it from being scratched. Even more so, the etched and faceted sides that the model includes are said to provide a good grip that any user will highly appreciate.

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Dreame 30X 60X LED Lighted

A best seller in this line of products, this model produced by Dreame is both cost-efficient and effortless to maneuver. As a plus, this is a pocket-sized magnifying glass that is easy to carry around and use whenever you need to.

The model features a dual design that comprises two distinct lenses. The main lens has a diameter of 30x22mm, while the second one measures 60x12mm. The product was manufactured using durable aluminum and a plastic housing, reason why it is very light and effortless to carry with you when on the go. If you decide to purchase this model, you should know that the manufacturer also includes a small case that is meant to protect the magnifying glass when not used.

Another mentionable feature of this item is its foldable design. Moreover, this unit has received great reviews from its previous purchasers. Most of them have said that this model is worth the money, especially because of its maneuverability.

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Carson MagniView 2x DS-36

If you are fond of classical looking magnifying glasses and you are not interested in paying a lot of money in order to buy one, the Carson MagniView 2x DS-36 is the model for you. This device is scratch resistant and it has a 4.5x power that will allow you to use it for a variety of purposes.

When it comes to the product’s technical details, all interested buyers should remember that this lens is 3.25 inches in diameter and that it contains a thumb groove, often described as ergonomic that is placed on the product’s handle. The main purpose of the groove is to add more stability and comfort to the item.

As a plus, a built-in rim is said to protect the unit from scratches and dust accumulation. In an attempt to make sure that all its customers are satisfied with the purchase, the item is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

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Best magnifying glass for coins

 

What is numismatics?

This is certainly a topic for those interested in the study of history, but it can be challenging for everyone since it really puts your knowledge to the test.

Numismatics, or in simpler terms, the process of studying ancient coins, currency or any other means of exchanging goods, is a way of discovering ancient civilizations and their value system in relation to the one we use today.

First historical mention

The geographical position and the era of the first coin ever to be made in the world says something about the root of civilization and the technological advancement of the people back then.

To our knowledge, the first hand-struck coins were found in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city. It was close to 2,700 years old and one of the first examples of modern commerce techniques. It was manufactured from an alloy of gold and silver, and it stands as a testament to the power and culture of Ancient Greece.

Later on, the first city to emit a coin of its own was Florence, in the heart of Toscana, around the year 1252. It’s no wonder it went on to become the soul of the Renaissance in the later centuries, attracting bright minds from all over Italy and the world.

Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numismatics became widespread during the time of the European Renaissance (that is the study of coins, not necessarily the collecting activity) because the historians of the time were trying to rediscover the roots of the classical world, through any means available to them.

 

Roots of the hobby

For many of us, it may seem as if this hobby is as contemporary as it gets since people have only been interested in studying the culture and behavior of their ancestors in later years.

However, you couldn’t be more wrong, since collecting coins has been a thing since the time of kings and queens, and it used to be a hobby reserved only for the royals and the bourgeoisie.

The first gathering took place much later, in August 1962, in Detroit Michigan. Close to 40,000 attended, showing the world how much of widespread interest numismatics is.

Nowadays it’s available for everyone, and the prices are not as high as you would expect. Most sellers will let you buy their collections for a little over their actual value. However, if you’re keen on studying the fine details, you might need some expensive equipment, like, for example, a good microscope for coins.

 

Crazy weather

We all complain whenever it gets a little nasty weather-wise, but there’s nothing like having to bear through a tornado of silver coins! It’s a real fact, and it happened in Russia in 1940 at Gorky, where a storm lifted a money chest and proceeded to spread its contents all over the city.

One can only imagine the enthusiasm of the citizens after seeing the results of the so-called rain, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones that got caught in the silver storm.

The extremes

How would you like to learn more about the largest currency ever issued? It belonged to the Ming dynasty in China, and it circulated during their time of rule. As for the smallest currency, that belongs to Romania, and it was issued in 1917. They were called ‘paper coins’ and they still are the smallest banknotes ever designed.

 

Where can you find coins

The most obvious answer would be, of course, to hit the antique markets because that’s where the sellers dwell. Chances are if you search there, you’ll find convenient prices and unique models, that no one else might have.

If you’re a bit more at ease and you prefer going straight to the source, in the United States you can buy coins directly from the mint, for a slightly higher price than you would pay if you got them from another seller.

They have an entire catalog of the models that they carry, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from, which makes it worth the price.

However, for a coin collector to really know their craft, they will need more than just the items in their collection, they will also need some tools to handle them. For that, we recommend that you consider buying a reliable magnifying glass since it will help you observe the coins in a significant level of detail.

 

Do old coins actually smell?

It’s a common mistake to assume that if a lot of time has passed since a coin was issued, it will take on a sort of unpleasant smell. Research has been carried out, and it appears the metals and alloys used to manufacture coins have no scent of their own.

Instead, if they get into contact with the human skin, that’s when they’ll mix will the oils and create the familiar unpleasant smell that we associate with old metal. For this to be avoided, we recommend you only touch ancient coins while wearing protective gloves, to prevent the smell from being developed, as well as to prevent scratching their surface.

Religious connections

It might seem like a long shot, but in fact, it’s actually true. This hobby has been assigned to a Patron Saint, as a sign of recognition and appreciation. We’re referring to the Saint Eligius figure, a French citizen in the 6th century that was sanctified after death and is said to protect miners and metal workers.

 

An image of the past

Aside from teaching us about technological advancement and the economy of the society that they come from, coins also serve another important role that is often overlooked. They are frequently stamped with the features of the rulers of the time they were issued in.

Before modern face mapping technology existed, researchers would base their assumptions on the features presented on the coins when trying to reproduce the faces of worldwide famous leaders. They might be different from the ones we know today, but they were undoubtedly the starting point for this kind of research.

 

 

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What are your interests?

When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.

Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.

The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.

The Standing Liberty Quarter

Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.

This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.

There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.

 

St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto

This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.

You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.

 

The Steel Penny

Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.

As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.

The Kansas State Quarter

Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.

Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.

 

The Peace Dollar

Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.

The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.

 

Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.

The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.

Three Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.

The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.

 

The Washington Quarter

This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.

It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.

 

 

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If you’ve ever read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you probably know that the tool of choice for Sherlock Holmes used to be a magnifying glass. This gadget has evolved a lot over the years, and that’s because technology is slowly but surely shaping the way we live.

Nonetheless, despite being somewhat antiquated compared to other gadgets that can literally magnify various subjects, be they binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, or microscopes, magnifying glasses are still quite popular with certain amateurs and professionals. What’s more, they prove their worth under a variety of circumstances where other devices might be useless.

We’ve noticed that there’s a trend going around which basically involves using your iPhone or Android device as a magnifier. The fact of the matter is that, in some situations, smartphones and tablets might not be able to raise up to par. And one of these situations is macular degeneration, which is a condition that affects people typically older than 50.

These individuals do not have the eyesight to handle a smartphone, so they absolutely need a magnifying glass. The same goes for people who make handmade jewelry, who are coin collectors, and even those who like to repair electronic components in their spare time, although they might want to use a dissecting microscope for such a purpose.

We’ve put together a list of things you may want to consider if you want to make the most of your magnifier or magnifying glass. Check them out below.

 

Just what do you want to use it for?

When it comes to the design of these products, not a single one can be compared to the other. Some are handheld while others can be used conveniently without the operator needing to fiddle with their components in any way. By the same token, some are compact and portable while others need to be utilized at home or at the office.

If the activity you are getting the magnifying glass for involves spending a lot of time using it, we do not recommend choosing a handheld unit. You can get a new magnifying glass for cheap, but try and make sure that it’s self-standing or can rest on something while you tend to your business.

Some models designed specifically for reading, as are those for people with macular degeneration, simply have to be placed on top of the page. We’ve noticed that there are several variations in terms of the design of such products, but most are capable of magnifying up to half of a page.

There are some magnifying glasses that can be attached to headsets, and they prove their worth to people who repair tiny things. All you have to do is modify the position of the magnifier and take a peek through the lens.

 

How does a magnifying glass work?

Typically, such a product is outfitted with one or two convex lenses. These lenses are capable of either bending light rays so that they come together. The type of magnification actually depends on where the eye of the person looking through the glass is located. Therefore, you can see the subjects smaller if you move away from the magnifying glass and see them bigger as you come closer to it.

As we were saying above, not all models are made the same, and that’s why they have different magnification powers. Some can increase the image of a subject by up to five times, but others can only do this by three times.

With most handheld magnifiers, you can always take advantage of the convenience of their design. What this means is that you can move them closer or farther from the subject or from the page of a book. In fact, that’s what most people should do if their eyesight isn’t particularly accurate.

Aberrations

Most magnifying glasses have a somewhat low magnifying power, especially when compared to devices capable of better performance in this sense, such as microscopes. Low-power types are common and let’s face it; they have their limitations.

One thing that few people consider when they are in the market for a new product in this line is that they shouldn’t solely focus on the magnification as a feature of their gadget. In fact, the higher the magnification capability of the glass, the more likely it is for it to produce optical aberrations, of which spherical ones are most common.

There are several magnifying glass designs you could consider if you really are interested in getting a superior magnification power. These are represented by Hastings triplets and Coddington magnifiers. Due to their design, they are often called loupes.

What is the difference in terms of the magnification between a typical magnifying glass and a Hastings triplet, for instance? This is a logical question you should ask yourself so as to understand whether or not you really need to increase the image that much. A Hastings triplet can boast a fixed 30x magnification power, but that’s the maximum it can achieve. For anything else that goes beyond 30x, we suggest getting another device, even something as simple as a USB microscope.

Using an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Perhaps this is the part you have been waiting for, so we won’t disappoint you. We’ll tell you just how you can use your iPhone as a magnifier. First off, for operating systems like iOS 10 and above, you might not know that there’s a neat feature that can indeed turn your smartphone into a magnifier.

You can find it in Settings->General-> Accessibility->Magnifier. Switch the setting on and then press the Home button three times to turn the camera on and look at magnified images. We’ve tested the feature, and it actually works. Best of all, you can even increase or decrease the magnification as per your needs.

 

 

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Lighted magnifying glasses - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are interested in purchasing the best magnifying glass with light money can get you but you simply don’t have the time to do the needed research on the subject, this short introduction should clue you in. After reading what the specialist had to say about the best models on the market, we have concluded that the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is the model for you. This product comes fitted with two bright LED lights that can help you get a good view of the coins that you are examining. Moreover, this unit has a flexible neck that can help you modify its position in accordance with your needs.  Also, the item has a powerful magnification ratio of 5x. If the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is unavailable, check out the Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light as you are likely to equally like it.

Because we know that finding the best lighted magnifying glass is not a task that comes without its difficulties, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of high-quality features that you should pay attention to when shopping in this line of products.

Lighting functionality

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding a good magnifying glass that is also illuminated, there are many aspects that require one’s attention.  For once, it is important that he/she invests in a product that comes provided with a potent light source. When it comes to this feature, you should know that there are models that include very practical LED lights that make it effortless for you to spot all details on a coin.

What is more, some units have different brightness levels that you can choose between so that you don't hurt your eyes while using the magnifying glass. Similarly, it is worth pointing to the fact that some units are battery operated while others can be used with an AC/DC adapter.

Therefore, before you select the first model that you like from the myriad of units that are up for sale, it might be a good idea to take the time to go through a handful of different models. This way, you will get a better understanding of how your needs can be met by a product of this type.

Design and maneuverability

Other aspects that you should keep in mind before you settle for a product are the model’s design and, also, the item’s maneuverability. Therefore, you have to pick between a self-standing model and a handheld unit. The later models are a bit less practical than the first ones, particularly because they can make the user feel tired when used for a long period of time.

However, the main advantage of hand-held models is the fact that they are easy to carry around, due to their small dimensions and (in some cases) foldability. Even more so, these products tend to be lightweight.

On the contrary, self-standing units are ideal when used at home and quite versatile. In fact, one can use them when viewing coins, reading, sewing, and while crafting. Also, these units have a wide lens diameter, reason why many prefer them.

Additional features you should think about

Before you make up your mind, our suggestion is that you spend some extra time considering a couple of extra features recommended in all magnifying glass reviews that are available online. For example, previous buyers of magnifying glasses have pointed to the fact that one should take a good look at the materials used in creating such a unit.

From this point of view, it becomes clear that one should only invest in those products that have been constructed from durable materials such as aluminum. The reason why this is important has to do with the fact that these models are very resistant and more likely to be dependable as time goes on.

Last but not least, magnification is equally essential. As expected, because magnifying glasses are primarily used to magnify certain objects, you should only settle for top-notch items that have a magnification power of at least 5x.

Top magnifying glasses with light reviews in 2018

After a quick glance at reviews of magnifying glasses with light, one can effortlessly understand that finding a unit that completely suits his/her needs is a complicated task. Because we know this too well, we have decided to help you out by putting together a list of products that are worthy of your time and money.

Carson DeskBrite200 LED

This model developed and produced by Carson has both a 2x magnification ratio and a 5x power spot lens that is integrated into the product’s design. As a plus, the unit’s neck is flexible and fully adjustable so that you are 100% comfortable while using the product.

Because of the product’s acrylic lens that has a 4-inch diameter, this magnifying glass is often described as very versatile, as it allows the buyer to use it for various types of activities such as reading, coin analysis, soldering and so much more.

Even more so, this device is lighted by two distinct light bulbs that can be charged with the included AC/DC adapter and/or can run on three AAA batteries. Similarly, it is important that we add that the magnifier can be rotated 90 degrees so that all your needs are met. Most of the product’s buyers were happy with their purchase.

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Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light

Another product that you should take into account is the product produced by Marrywindix. This unit is made from a sturdy plastic and it features plenty of illumination for both lenses included in the design.

Because this product has an ergonomic design, it is effortless to handle and you will be able to turn on the lights effortlessly, as they are positioned on the product’s handle. Apart from these features, we should say that this unit has a size diameter of 75mmx18mm/2.9''x0.5'' and an approximate handle length of 11cm/4.3''.

The light sources that the model includes are said to be bright enough when used in basically any dark environment. The 3 AAA batteries necessary for the LED lights to function are not included in the product’s price and they need to be bought separately.

Magnification-wise, this model features two distinct lenses that come with distinct magnification ratios. Therefore, the large unit has a power of 5x, while the smaller unit comes fitted with a 20x magnification ratio.

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Fancii Daylight LED 3X

If you are looking for a new magnifying glass that can fit your desk perfectly, we recommend that you check out the Fancii Daylight LED 3X. This model stands out from the previous units because it comes equipped with an 8-diopter optical glass lens that has a magnification ratio of 3x. Even more so, this product supplies its users with a distortion-free view of the object that is being analyzed.

This unit’s lighting source has a lifespan of 6 hours but it can be recharged when necessary. The LED lights included in the design have distinct brightness levels that you can switch between if needed.

Lastly, this is a 15-inch tall lamp that can be fitted on any desk by attaching it with the use of a metal clamp that is included in the package. The product’s height can be changed if you consider that this is important.

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Carson 5x MiniBrite LED

Yet another model that you should have in mind before you decide to place an order is the Carson 5x MiniBrite LED. This product comes provided with an l5x slide-out magnifier that is quite dependable. The unit has a lens dimension of 1.3 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.

Similarly, this model is compact and very lightweight when compared to other models available on the market. Consequently, you can carry this unit in your pocket and/or purse and use it throughout the day. The clear Aspheric lens that the product incorporates is also a feature that you are deemed to find appealing.

Price-wise, this model has a great price to value ratio. In fact, current users of the unit say that the product is a great investment. Also, many of them have pointed out that the manufacturer is quick to answer any questions that the buyers might have regarding the product.

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MagniPros 3X Wide Horizontal

This unit is convenient to buy, as it comes fitted with a feasible storage pouch and a cloth that can be used to clean the dust and debris from the lens so that you get crisp viewings. Furthermore, this lamp also comes provided with an ergonomic handle for extra movability. Additionally, the unit is particularly lightweight as it only weighs 7 ounces.

When it comes to the product’s lighting system, we find it fit to remind you that it includes no less than 6 efficient LEDs. Besides, the buyer can change the product’s brightness (50% or 100%) if he/she considers it significant.

According to the reviews that it has received from its previous buyers, this model is a good investment. What is more, this unit is especially popular among those who suffer from Macular Degeneration. Likewise, the product’s illumination is considered superior when compared to other products from this price range.

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Magnifying glasses for coins - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are a passionate coins collector, chances are you are looking for the best magnifying glass for coin collecting available. However, as you know, reading reviews on this topic is an activity that not many find pleasure in. Consequently, we have decided to help you out by analyzing the market and drawing the necessary conclusions. As a result, we consider that the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is the product that you should consider. This device has a magnification power of 5x and a 2.5-inch diameter lens. Moreover, the product is very lightweight (it only weighs 6,7 ounces) and it is ideal for inspecting coins and stamps in low vision. What is more, this unit is lighted with 6 LED lights that allow the user to switch between three distinct brightness levels. If the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is out of stock, we recommend that you check out the Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10).

Finding a reliable magnifying glass for viewing coins is a process that requires plenty of attention and a keen eye for significant details. To help you out, we have taken it upon yourself to compile a list of crucial features that one should consider before settling for an item in this line of products. So, read ahead and make sure that you pick accordingly.

Type of lens

One of the first aspects that all coin collectors should pay attention to before they go online to purchase a product of this kind is the type of lens the unit comes outfitted with.

When it comes to the lens type, you should know that there are models that not all magnifying glasses come fitted with the same kind of lens. In fact, you can opt for products with multiple aligned acrylic lenses, products that have pre-focused dual lenses, and so on.

Still, no matter the kind of product that you choose, you should know that it is prudent that you settle for a unit that has had all its optic surfaces covered with a scratch resistant substance. The main advantage of these products is that they are prone to last an extended period of time, as they are not likely to become deteriorated and to make it difficult to successfully examine coins with them.

Likewise, while we are at it, it seems appropriate to remind you to keep an eye on the dimension of the lens that the product includes. Therefore, if you are interested in a product that will enable you to analyze coins that are small in dimensions, a unit with a 1-inch diameter should suffice.

Still, if you are interested in a larger unit that can give you a better look at the coin, we recommend that you invest in a product with a lens diameter between two inches and 3.25 inches.

Design

If you take a good look at the reviews of magnifying glasses for viewing coins that you can find online, the first aspect that is likely to catch your interest is the product’s design. As expected, this feature is worth your while as it might help you decide what item to pick.

From this point of view, all interested buyers can choose between the hand-held design and the self-standing units. While the first models are seen as obsolete by many, you should know that they are very versatile and practical, as they allow the user to have an overall image of a coin. Likewise, a person can also compare two coins at the same time while using such a product.

On the other hand, the self-standing models usually come supplied with plenty of new functions that the old design does not match. For instance, some of these items have pre-focused lenses that can be of help if you are a beginner in the art of coin analysis. Also, most of these devices feature LED illumination, a feature that is also quite practical.

Weight and magnification

Last but surely not least, the unit’s weight and its magnification ratio should also be considered. According to the specialists, if you want to pick the best coin magnifying glass, you should select a unit that is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This is expressly important if you are set on ordering a feasible hand-held unit. When it comes to the newer design, this aspect is not that important.

Moreover, before you go online and order the first model that you see up for sale, take a few extra moments to consider the products magnification. Usually, a 5x or a 7x ratio is considered sufficient by professional coin collectors.

Top magnifying glasses for coins reviews in 2018

If you are still not sure on what product to select, we have put together a list of high-quality models that you should necessarily consider before you make a decision. So, don’t waste any more time, start reading and select that one you like best.

Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88

With a great price to value ratio and numerous positive reviews and feedback comments from current users, the 5x LL-88 model should necessarily be of interest to you. This device comes provided with plenty of features that you are likely to find appealing.

For example, according to its manufacturer, the unit features multiple aligned acrylic lenses with a 5x power of magnification and a lens diameter of 2.5 inches. As a plus, the unit also includes no less than 6 LED lights that you can use to have a clearer and crisper view of the coin that you are observing.

Moreover, this product weighs 6.7 ounces and it measures 5.5x3.62x1.37 inches. Therefore, you can use it to examine coins of all dimensions. To function correctly, the product requires three AAA batteries that are not included in the price and that need to be purchased independently.

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Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10)

Another product that you should consider is the LLx10 model developed by the same manufacturer. This item comes supplied with a pre-focused 1.0-inch lens that you can use while viewing items up close. The product also incorporates a 10x power stand magnifier that includes a see-through acrylic base that will supply you with plenty of light.

The product is considered a good investment for all those that intend to utilize it for various purposes such as coin analysis, watchmaking, geology, biology, electronics, and so on. The model has the following dimensions 2.0x 2.0 x 1.75 inches and it weighs 1.4 ounces.

The model is covered by a lifetime warranty, a reason why you should not worry about it breaking easily and needing to invest in a new product. Current users of the model have said that the item has a good power of magnification, that it has a sturdy construction, and that it is great for coin collecting enthusiasts.

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Carson LumiDome Plus LD-75

If you are interested in a cool looking unit that is also quite feasible, check out the LD-75 model developed by the same manufacturer, Carson LumiDome. The product has an eye-catching acrylic construction that is shatterproof as well as a 2x magnifying lens that covers a viewing area of 2.5 inches.

The model can be used when analyzing coins, when viewing miniatures, stamps, and when reading. Because of its delicate base, the model comes shipped with an additional microfiber cloth pouch that you can utilize to store product in between uses.  Likewise, this item is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

According to the product’s previous buyers, this magnifying glass is very easy to manage, because it features a recessed center that protects it from being scratched. Even more so, the etched and faceted sides that the model includes are said to provide a good grip that any user will highly appreciate.

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Dreame 30X 60X LED Lighted

A best seller in this line of products, this model produced by Dreame is both cost-efficient and effortless to maneuver. As a plus, this is a pocket-sized magnifying glass that is easy to carry around and use whenever you need to.

The model features a dual design that comprises two distinct lenses. The main lens has a diameter of 30x22mm, while the second one measures 60x12mm. The product was manufactured using durable aluminum and a plastic housing, reason why it is very light and effortless to carry with you when on the go. If you decide to purchase this model, you should know that the manufacturer also includes a small case that is meant to protect the magnifying glass when not used.

Another mentionable feature of this item is its foldable design. Moreover, this unit has received great reviews from its previous purchasers. Most of them have said that this model is worth the money, especially because of its maneuverability.

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Carson MagniView 2x DS-36

If you are fond of classical looking magnifying glasses and you are not interested in paying a lot of money in order to buy one, the Carson MagniView 2x DS-36 is the model for you. This device is scratch resistant and it has a 4.5x power that will allow you to use it for a variety of purposes.

When it comes to the product’s technical details, all interested buyers should remember that this lens is 3.25 inches in diameter and that it contains a thumb groove, often described as ergonomic that is placed on the product’s handle. The main purpose of the groove is to add more stability and comfort to the item.

As a plus, a built-in rim is said to protect the unit from scratches and dust accumulation. In an attempt to make sure that all its customers are satisfied with the purchase, the item is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

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Best macular degeneration magnifying glass

 

What is numismatics?

This is certainly a topic for those interested in the study of history, but it can be challenging for everyone since it really puts your knowledge to the test.

Numismatics, or in simpler terms, the process of studying ancient coins, currency or any other means of exchanging goods, is a way of discovering ancient civilizations and their value system in relation to the one we use today.

First historical mention

The geographical position and the era of the first coin ever to be made in the world says something about the root of civilization and the technological advancement of the people back then.

To our knowledge, the first hand-struck coins were found in Efesos, an ancient Hellenic city. It was close to 2,700 years old and one of the first examples of modern commerce techniques. It was manufactured from an alloy of gold and silver, and it stands as a testament to the power and culture of Ancient Greece.

Later on, the first city to emit a coin of its own was Florence, in the heart of Toscana, around the year 1252. It’s no wonder it went on to become the soul of the Renaissance in the later centuries, attracting bright minds from all over Italy and the world.

Also, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that numismatics became widespread during the time of the European Renaissance (that is the study of coins, not necessarily the collecting activity) because the historians of the time were trying to rediscover the roots of the classical world, through any means available to them.

 

Roots of the hobby

For many of us, it may seem as if this hobby is as contemporary as it gets since people have only been interested in studying the culture and behavior of their ancestors in later years.

However, you couldn’t be more wrong, since collecting coins has been a thing since the time of kings and queens, and it used to be a hobby reserved only for the royals and the bourgeoisie.

The first gathering took place much later, in August 1962, in Detroit Michigan. Close to 40,000 attended, showing the world how much of widespread interest numismatics is.

Nowadays it’s available for everyone, and the prices are not as high as you would expect. Most sellers will let you buy their collections for a little over their actual value. However, if you’re keen on studying the fine details, you might need some expensive equipment, like, for example, a good microscope for coins.

 

Crazy weather

We all complain whenever it gets a little nasty weather-wise, but there’s nothing like having to bear through a tornado of silver coins! It’s a real fact, and it happened in Russia in 1940 at Gorky, where a storm lifted a money chest and proceeded to spread its contents all over the city.

One can only imagine the enthusiasm of the citizens after seeing the results of the so-called rain, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the ones that got caught in the silver storm.

The extremes

How would you like to learn more about the largest currency ever issued? It belonged to the Ming dynasty in China, and it circulated during their time of rule. As for the smallest currency, that belongs to Romania, and it was issued in 1917. They were called ‘paper coins’ and they still are the smallest banknotes ever designed.

 

Where can you find coins

The most obvious answer would be, of course, to hit the antique markets because that’s where the sellers dwell. Chances are if you search there, you’ll find convenient prices and unique models, that no one else might have.

If you’re a bit more at ease and you prefer going straight to the source, in the United States you can buy coins directly from the mint, for a slightly higher price than you would pay if you got them from another seller.

They have an entire catalog of the models that they carry, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from, which makes it worth the price.

However, for a coin collector to really know their craft, they will need more than just the items in their collection, they will also need some tools to handle them. For that, we recommend that you consider buying a reliable magnifying glass since it will help you observe the coins in a significant level of detail.

 

Do old coins actually smell?

It’s a common mistake to assume that if a lot of time has passed since a coin was issued, it will take on a sort of unpleasant smell. Research has been carried out, and it appears the metals and alloys used to manufacture coins have no scent of their own.

Instead, if they get into contact with the human skin, that’s when they’ll mix will the oils and create the familiar unpleasant smell that we associate with old metal. For this to be avoided, we recommend you only touch ancient coins while wearing protective gloves, to prevent the smell from being developed, as well as to prevent scratching their surface.

Religious connections

It might seem like a long shot, but in fact, it’s actually true. This hobby has been assigned to a Patron Saint, as a sign of recognition and appreciation. We’re referring to the Saint Eligius figure, a French citizen in the 6th century that was sanctified after death and is said to protect miners and metal workers.

 

An image of the past

Aside from teaching us about technological advancement and the economy of the society that they come from, coins also serve another important role that is often overlooked. They are frequently stamped with the features of the rulers of the time they were issued in.

Before modern face mapping technology existed, researchers would base their assumptions on the features presented on the coins when trying to reproduce the faces of worldwide famous leaders. They might be different from the ones we know today, but they were undoubtedly the starting point for this kind of research.

 

 

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What are your interests?

When it comes to deciding which of the coins available on the antique item’s market are more of an interest, you need to get your priorities straight. Whether you’re interested in aesthetics, or you’re looking for rare models (even though usually, these two features go hand in hand), you’ll find lots of coin collectors out there willing to offer you great deals.

Some collectors are particularly interested in getting their hands on models that commemorate certain historical events, show some imposing leader figures or merely feature famous press errors. Whichever of these categories you prefer, chances are you’ll find something you enjoy for sale from specific collectors.

The trick is to decide what you want to add to your collection, so you don’t waste time and financial resources on items that don’t sparkle your interest. In order to do so, you can maybe get inspiration from one of our suggestions.

The Standing Liberty Quarter

Issued around 1917 in the United States of America, this coin was produced in an extremely limited mintage, so it might be somewhat tricky to come across. It’s also rather expensive, given its rarity, and collectors will have a hard time giving it up for sale.

This model marks the preparations for entering the First World War, and it features a figure of the Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle on the other. It valued a quarter of a dollar.

There are rumors that there have been two types of this coin, one where the Lady Liberty appears with her breasts bared, and one where she’s wearing chain mail, so as to symbolize that she’s ready for the war.

 

St. Gaudens Arabic Numerals No Motto

This gold coin was first minted around 1907, again in the United States. It is famous for the exaggerated relief features on its sides, so high that in the first attempt of minting this coin, the bankers couldn’t get the items to stack neatly, so they had to adjust the design.

You certainly won’t need a powerful magnifying glass to read the text on this model. It says “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the reversed side, while the other one features an engraving of the Lady Liberty, a common motif of American coins.

 

The Steel Penny

Another United States minted coin inscribed with the same message is the steel penny from 1943. What is uncommon about it is the material used in the manufacturing process.

As the title itself says it, these coins were not made of copper, since the government was saving that for war resources. This shift in technique only lasted for about a year, but it was enough to leave a mark on history and to teach us a thing or two about the hardships of war. It is valued at 45 cents, and it can be purchased from various sellers.

The Kansas State Quarter

Given that we’ve discussed so much about this message that appears on the coins issued in the United States, “In God we trust”, it’s worth mentioning this particular model that first hit the market in 2005.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s pretty new, so it doesn’t really teach us anything about history, but what’s particular is the nature of the message. The usual phrase has been replaced with “In God, we rust”.

Despite the fact that this might seem like a nihilistic commentary on the nature of spirituality in the modern century, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation behind this. It’s merely a result of grease that wasn’t cleaned at the right time and prevented the press from stamping the letter T.

 

The Peace Dollar

Issued in 1921, this coin was designed to commemorate the peace that followed the tragic events of the Great War, and the proposal was intended by a former president of the American Numismatic Association.

The beautiful design blends the image of the mighty American eagle with the graceful profile of Lady Liberty, together with common inscription of US coins. Only around 1 million coins of this model were minted, so collectors might have trouble getting their hands on one.

 

Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

An exciting model regarding press mistakes is this one issued in 1955. It’s one of the most famous errors ever produced by the United States mint and is due to a coin die that used two impressions with a slight offset, which resulted in doubled text inscriptions.

The error was quickly discovered after 20,000 coins, which makes this item pretty rare, but it still maintains its popularity among collectors due to its unique feature.

Three Legged Buffalo Nickel

Another coin from the category of press errors, this 1937 model features a Buffalo on the reverse of the coin. The surface of the die has been grounded to the point where one of its legs does not show anymore, so the animal appears to be three-legged.

The cost of one of these coins depends on whether you would prefer a circulated or uncirculated model. These coins have not received such popularity as to prevent them from hitting the market, so it’s pretty hard to get your hands on one that hasn’t been used. If you’re having trouble noticing the mistake, you might need to use a good microscope for coins to observe it accurately.

 

The Washington Quarter

This is one of the few models that are still being used today, due to its vast popularity. It was initially meant to be issued only for one year, in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth date.

It was issued in 1923, and they stopped producing it during the Great Depression due to production costs. However, the public enjoyed this design, so it was brought back in 1934. The 1932 edition has a lower mintage than other years, and it’s the hardest to find for a reasonable price, but if you know where to look, you’ll probably add it to your collection.

 

 

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If you’ve ever read some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you probably know that the tool of choice for Sherlock Holmes used to be a magnifying glass. This gadget has evolved a lot over the years, and that’s because technology is slowly but surely shaping the way we live.

Nonetheless, despite being somewhat antiquated compared to other gadgets that can literally magnify various subjects, be they binoculars, monoculars, telescopes, or microscopes, magnifying glasses are still quite popular with certain amateurs and professionals. What’s more, they prove their worth under a variety of circumstances where other devices might be useless.

We’ve noticed that there’s a trend going around which basically involves using your iPhone or Android device as a magnifier. The fact of the matter is that, in some situations, smartphones and tablets might not be able to raise up to par. And one of these situations is macular degeneration, which is a condition that affects people typically older than 50.

These individuals do not have the eyesight to handle a smartphone, so they absolutely need a magnifying glass. The same goes for people who make handmade jewelry, who are coin collectors, and even those who like to repair electronic components in their spare time, although they might want to use a dissecting microscope for such a purpose.

We’ve put together a list of things you may want to consider if you want to make the most of your magnifier or magnifying glass. Check them out below.

 

Just what do you want to use it for?

When it comes to the design of these products, not a single one can be compared to the other. Some are handheld while others can be used conveniently without the operator needing to fiddle with their components in any way. By the same token, some are compact and portable while others need to be utilized at home or at the office.

If the activity you are getting the magnifying glass for involves spending a lot of time using it, we do not recommend choosing a handheld unit. You can get a new magnifying glass for cheap, but try and make sure that it’s self-standing or can rest on something while you tend to your business.

Some models designed specifically for reading, as are those for people with macular degeneration, simply have to be placed on top of the page. We’ve noticed that there are several variations in terms of the design of such products, but most are capable of magnifying up to half of a page.

There are some magnifying glasses that can be attached to headsets, and they prove their worth to people who repair tiny things. All you have to do is modify the position of the magnifier and take a peek through the lens.

 

How does a magnifying glass work?

Typically, such a product is outfitted with one or two convex lenses. These lenses are capable of either bending light rays so that they come together. The type of magnification actually depends on where the eye of the person looking through the glass is located. Therefore, you can see the subjects smaller if you move away from the magnifying glass and see them bigger as you come closer to it.

As we were saying above, not all models are made the same, and that’s why they have different magnification powers. Some can increase the image of a subject by up to five times, but others can only do this by three times.

With most handheld magnifiers, you can always take advantage of the convenience of their design. What this means is that you can move them closer or farther from the subject or from the page of a book. In fact, that’s what most people should do if their eyesight isn’t particularly accurate.

Aberrations

Most magnifying glasses have a somewhat low magnifying power, especially when compared to devices capable of better performance in this sense, such as microscopes. Low-power types are common and let’s face it; they have their limitations.

One thing that few people consider when they are in the market for a new product in this line is that they shouldn’t solely focus on the magnification as a feature of their gadget. In fact, the higher the magnification capability of the glass, the more likely it is for it to produce optical aberrations, of which spherical ones are most common.

There are several magnifying glass designs you could consider if you really are interested in getting a superior magnification power. These are represented by Hastings triplets and Coddington magnifiers. Due to their design, they are often called loupes.

What is the difference in terms of the magnification between a typical magnifying glass and a Hastings triplet, for instance? This is a logical question you should ask yourself so as to understand whether or not you really need to increase the image that much. A Hastings triplet can boast a fixed 30x magnification power, but that’s the maximum it can achieve. For anything else that goes beyond 30x, we suggest getting another device, even something as simple as a USB microscope.

Using an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Perhaps this is the part you have been waiting for, so we won’t disappoint you. We’ll tell you just how you can use your iPhone as a magnifier. First off, for operating systems like iOS 10 and above, you might not know that there’s a neat feature that can indeed turn your smartphone into a magnifier.

You can find it in Settings->General-> Accessibility->Magnifier. Switch the setting on and then press the Home button three times to turn the camera on and look at magnified images. We’ve tested the feature, and it actually works. Best of all, you can even increase or decrease the magnification as per your needs.

 

 

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Lighted magnifying glasses - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are interested in purchasing the best magnifying glass with light money can get you but you simply don’t have the time to do the needed research on the subject, this short introduction should clue you in. After reading what the specialist had to say about the best models on the market, we have concluded that the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is the model for you. This product comes fitted with two bright LED lights that can help you get a good view of the coins that you are examining. Moreover, this unit has a flexible neck that can help you modify its position in accordance with your needs.  Also, the item has a powerful magnification ratio of 5x. If the Carson DeskBrite200 LED is unavailable, check out the Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light as you are likely to equally like it.

Because we know that finding the best lighted magnifying glass is not a task that comes without its difficulties, we took it upon ourselves to put together a list of high-quality features that you should pay attention to when shopping in this line of products.

Lighting functionality

Let’s be honest, when it comes to finding a good magnifying glass that is also illuminated, there are many aspects that require one’s attention.  For once, it is important that he/she invests in a product that comes provided with a potent light source. When it comes to this feature, you should know that there are models that include very practical LED lights that make it effortless for you to spot all details on a coin.

What is more, some units have different brightness levels that you can choose between so that you don't hurt your eyes while using the magnifying glass. Similarly, it is worth pointing to the fact that some units are battery operated while others can be used with an AC/DC adapter.

Therefore, before you select the first model that you like from the myriad of units that are up for sale, it might be a good idea to take the time to go through a handful of different models. This way, you will get a better understanding of how your needs can be met by a product of this type.

Design and maneuverability

Other aspects that you should keep in mind before you settle for a product are the model’s design and, also, the item’s maneuverability. Therefore, you have to pick between a self-standing model and a handheld unit. The later models are a bit less practical than the first ones, particularly because they can make the user feel tired when used for a long period of time.

However, the main advantage of hand-held models is the fact that they are easy to carry around, due to their small dimensions and (in some cases) foldability. Even more so, these products tend to be lightweight.

On the contrary, self-standing units are ideal when used at home and quite versatile. In fact, one can use them when viewing coins, reading, sewing, and while crafting. Also, these units have a wide lens diameter, reason why many prefer them.

Additional features you should think about

Before you make up your mind, our suggestion is that you spend some extra time considering a couple of extra features recommended in all magnifying glass reviews that are available online. For example, previous buyers of magnifying glasses have pointed to the fact that one should take a good look at the materials used in creating such a unit.

From this point of view, it becomes clear that one should only invest in those products that have been constructed from durable materials such as aluminum. The reason why this is important has to do with the fact that these models are very resistant and more likely to be dependable as time goes on.

Last but not least, magnification is equally essential. As expected, because magnifying glasses are primarily used to magnify certain objects, you should only settle for top-notch items that have a magnification power of at least 5x.

Top magnifying glasses with light reviews in 2018

After a quick glance at reviews of magnifying glasses with light, one can effortlessly understand that finding a unit that completely suits his/her needs is a complicated task. Because we know this too well, we have decided to help you out by putting together a list of products that are worthy of your time and money.

Carson DeskBrite200 LED

This model developed and produced by Carson has both a 2x magnification ratio and a 5x power spot lens that is integrated into the product’s design. As a plus, the unit’s neck is flexible and fully adjustable so that you are 100% comfortable while using the product.

Because of the product’s acrylic lens that has a 4-inch diameter, this magnifying glass is often described as very versatile, as it allows the buyer to use it for various types of activities such as reading, coin analysis, soldering and so much more.

Even more so, this device is lighted by two distinct light bulbs that can be charged with the included AC/DC adapter and/or can run on three AAA batteries. Similarly, it is important that we add that the magnifier can be rotated 90 degrees so that all your needs are met. Most of the product’s buyers were happy with their purchase.

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Marrywindix Magnifier 3 LED Light

Another product that you should take into account is the product produced by Marrywindix. This unit is made from a sturdy plastic and it features plenty of illumination for both lenses included in the design.

Because this product has an ergonomic design, it is effortless to handle and you will be able to turn on the lights effortlessly, as they are positioned on the product’s handle. Apart from these features, we should say that this unit has a size diameter of 75mmx18mm/2.9''x0.5'' and an approximate handle length of 11cm/4.3''.

The light sources that the model includes are said to be bright enough when used in basically any dark environment. The 3 AAA batteries necessary for the LED lights to function are not included in the product’s price and they need to be bought separately.

Magnification-wise, this model features two distinct lenses that come with distinct magnification ratios. Therefore, the large unit has a power of 5x, while the smaller unit comes fitted with a 20x magnification ratio.

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Fancii Daylight LED 3X

If you are looking for a new magnifying glass that can fit your desk perfectly, we recommend that you check out the Fancii Daylight LED 3X. This model stands out from the previous units because it comes equipped with an 8-diopter optical glass lens that has a magnification ratio of 3x. Even more so, this product supplies its users with a distortion-free view of the object that is being analyzed.

This unit’s lighting source has a lifespan of 6 hours but it can be recharged when necessary. The LED lights included in the design have distinct brightness levels that you can switch between if needed.

Lastly, this is a 15-inch tall lamp that can be fitted on any desk by attaching it with the use of a metal clamp that is included in the package. The product’s height can be changed if you consider that this is important.

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Carson 5x MiniBrite LED

Yet another model that you should have in mind before you decide to place an order is the Carson 5x MiniBrite LED. This product comes provided with an l5x slide-out magnifier that is quite dependable. The unit has a lens dimension of 1.3 inches in length and 1.5 inches in height.

Similarly, this model is compact and very lightweight when compared to other models available on the market. Consequently, you can carry this unit in your pocket and/or purse and use it throughout the day. The clear Aspheric lens that the product incorporates is also a feature that you are deemed to find appealing.

Price-wise, this model has a great price to value ratio. In fact, current users of the unit say that the product is a great investment. Also, many of them have pointed out that the manufacturer is quick to answer any questions that the buyers might have regarding the product.

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MagniPros 3X Wide Horizontal

This unit is convenient to buy, as it comes fitted with a feasible storage pouch and a cloth that can be used to clean the dust and debris from the lens so that you get crisp viewings. Furthermore, this lamp also comes provided with an ergonomic handle for extra movability. Additionally, the unit is particularly lightweight as it only weighs 7 ounces.

When it comes to the product’s lighting system, we find it fit to remind you that it includes no less than 6 efficient LEDs. Besides, the buyer can change the product’s brightness (50% or 100%) if he/she considers it significant.

According to the reviews that it has received from its previous buyers, this model is a good investment. What is more, this unit is especially popular among those who suffer from Macular Degeneration. Likewise, the product’s illumination is considered superior when compared to other products from this price range.

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Best magnifying glass for coins

Magnifying glasses for coins - Buying guide & Comparison

If you are a passionate coins collector, chances are you are looking for the best magnifying glass for coin collecting available. However, as you know, reading reviews on this topic is an activity that not many find pleasure in. Consequently, we have decided to help you out by analyzing the market and drawing the necessary conclusions. As a result, we consider that the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is the product that you should consider. This device has a magnification power of 5x and a 2.5-inch diameter lens. Moreover, the product is very lightweight (it only weighs 6,7 ounces) and it is ideal for inspecting coins and stamps in low vision. What is more, this unit is lighted with 6 LED lights that allow the user to switch between three distinct brightness levels. If the Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88 is out of stock, we recommend that you check out the Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10).

Finding a reliable magnifying glass for viewing coins is a process that requires plenty of attention and a keen eye for significant details. To help you out, we have taken it upon yourself to compile a list of crucial features that one should consider before settling for an item in this line of products. So, read ahead and make sure that you pick accordingly.

Type of lens

One of the first aspects that all coin collectors should pay attention to before they go online to purchase a product of this kind is the type of lens the unit comes outfitted with.

When it comes to the lens type, you should know that there are models that not all magnifying glasses come fitted with the same kind of lens. In fact, you can opt for products with multiple aligned acrylic lenses, products that have pre-focused dual lenses, and so on.

Still, no matter the kind of product that you choose, you should know that it is prudent that you settle for a unit that has had all its optic surfaces covered with a scratch resistant substance. The main advantage of these products is that they are prone to last an extended period of time, as they are not likely to become deteriorated and to make it difficult to successfully examine coins with them.

Likewise, while we are at it, it seems appropriate to remind you to keep an eye on the dimension of the lens that the product includes. Therefore, if you are interested in a product that will enable you to analyze coins that are small in dimensions, a unit with a 1-inch diameter should suffice.

Still, if you are interested in a larger unit that can give you a better look at the coin, we recommend that you invest in a product with a lens diameter between two inches and 3.25 inches.

Design

If you take a good look at the reviews of magnifying glasses for viewing coins that you can find online, the first aspect that is likely to catch your interest is the product’s design. As expected, this feature is worth your while as it might help you decide what item to pick.

From this point of view, all interested buyers can choose between the hand-held design and the self-standing units. While the first models are seen as obsolete by many, you should know that they are very versatile and practical, as they allow the user to have an overall image of a coin. Likewise, a person can also compare two coins at the same time while using such a product.

On the other hand, the self-standing models usually come supplied with plenty of new functions that the old design does not match. For instance, some of these items have pre-focused lenses that can be of help if you are a beginner in the art of coin analysis. Also, most of these devices feature LED illumination, a feature that is also quite practical.

Weight and magnification

Last but surely not least, the unit’s weight and its magnification ratio should also be considered. According to the specialists, if you want to pick the best coin magnifying glass, you should select a unit that is lightweight and easy to maneuver. This is expressly important if you are set on ordering a feasible hand-held unit. When it comes to the newer design, this aspect is not that important.

Moreover, before you go online and order the first model that you see up for sale, take a few extra moments to consider the products magnification. Usually, a 5x or a 7x ratio is considered sufficient by professional coin collectors.

Top magnifying glasses for coins reviews in 2018

If you are still not sure on what product to select, we have put together a list of high-quality models that you should necessarily consider before you make a decision. So, don’t waste any more time, start reading and select that one you like best.

Carson LumiLoupe 5x LL-88

With a great price to value ratio and numerous positive reviews and feedback comments from current users, the 5x LL-88 model should necessarily be of interest to you. This device comes provided with plenty of features that you are likely to find appealing.

For example, according to its manufacturer, the unit features multiple aligned acrylic lenses with a 5x power of magnification and a lens diameter of 2.5 inches. As a plus, the unit also includes no less than 6 LED lights that you can use to have a clearer and crisper view of the coin that you are observing.

Moreover, this product weighs 6.7 ounces and it measures 5.5x3.62x1.37 inches. Therefore, you can use it to examine coins of all dimensions. To function correctly, the product requires three AAA batteries that are not included in the price and that need to be purchased independently.

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Carson LumiLoupe Series (LLx10)

Another product that you should consider is the LLx10 model developed by the same manufacturer. This item comes supplied with a pre-focused 1.0-inch lens that you can use while viewing items up close. The product also incorporates a 10x power stand magnifier that includes a see-through acrylic base that will supply you with plenty of light.

The product is considered a good investment for all those that intend to utilize it for various purposes such as coin analysis, watchmaking, geology, biology, electronics, and so on. The model has the following dimensions 2.0x 2.0 x 1.75 inches and it weighs 1.4 ounces.

The model is covered by a lifetime warranty, a reason why you should not worry about it breaking easily and needing to invest in a new product. Current users of the model have said that the item has a good power of magnification, that it has a sturdy construction, and that it is great for coin collecting enthusiasts.

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Carson LumiDome Plus LD-75

If you are interested in a cool looking unit that is also quite feasible, check out the LD-75 model developed by the same manufacturer, Carson LumiDome. The product has an eye-catching acrylic construction that is shatterproof as well as a 2x magnifying lens that covers a viewing area of 2.5 inches.

The model can be used when analyzing coins, when viewing miniatures, stamps, and when reading. Because of its delicate base, the model comes shipped with an additional microfiber cloth pouch that you can utilize to store product in between uses.  Likewise, this item is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

According to the product’s previous buyers, this magnifying glass is very easy to manage, because it features a recessed center that protects it from being scratched. Even more so, the etched and faceted sides that the model includes are said to provide a good grip that any user will highly appreciate.

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Dreame 30X 60X LED Lighted

A best seller in this line of products, this model produced by Dreame is both cost-efficient and effortless to maneuver. As a plus, this is a pocket-sized magnifying glass that is easy to carry around and use whenever you need to.

The model features a dual design that comprises two distinct lenses. The main lens has a diameter of 30x22mm, while the second one measures 60x12mm. The product was manufactured using durable aluminum and a plastic housing, reason why it is very light and effortless to carry with you when on the go. If you decide to purchase this model, you should know that the manufacturer also includes a small case that is meant to protect the magnifying glass when not used.

Another mentionable feature of this item is its foldable design. Moreover, this unit has received great reviews from its previous purchasers. Most of them have said that this model is worth the money, especially because of its maneuverability.

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Carson MagniView 2x DS-36

If you are fond of classical looking magnifying glasses and you are not interested in paying a lot of money in order to buy one, the Carson MagniView 2x DS-36 is the model for you. This device is scratch resistant and it has a 4.5x power that will allow you to use it for a variety of purposes.

When it comes to the product’s technical details, all interested buyers should remember that this lens is 3.25 inches in diameter and that it contains a thumb groove, often described as ergonomic that is placed on the product’s handle. The main purpose of the groove is to add more stability and comfort to the item.

As a plus, a built-in rim is said to protect the unit from scratches and dust accumulation. In an attempt to make sure that all its customers are satisfied with the purchase, the item is covered by a lifetime limited warranty.

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