All collectors should have a good magnifier. Professional coin magnifiers help save the strain of viewing tiny details and are invaluable when grading coins, checking for mint errors and varieties, and detecting counterfeits. It is amazing how much more detail can be seen with a good lens. Exactly what type of lens to use depends on personal preferences. The more power you have the more details can be seen. However, higher powers generally provide a smaller field of view. For example, many collectors prefer the Anco 16X Jewelers Loupe. Professional coin loupes provide a high degree of magnification with minimal distortion, and they fit in your pocket. For more information as well as questions to answers you may have, check out our Coin Magnifier Info Guide.
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What Is a Magnifier? A coin magnifier is a lens that increases the apparent size of objects seen through it. It may be a single lens, thicker at the center than at its edge, or it may be a compound lens made of several lenses mounted or cemented together. By moving closer to an object we are able to see it in more detail. But the focusing power of our eyes is limited and we are able to see clearly only down to about 10 inches. A magnifying glass, in effect, adds focusing power to a coin collector's eye, enabling them to move closer than 10 inches to the coin and to see more detail. Depending on its power, a magnifier makes it possible to see an object clearly as close as one-half inch from the eye.
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