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My NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) images are back.



See how they compare with the old Low Resolution (72 DPI) images, NGC Photo-Proofs, and PCGS True-View imaging.

The bottom line is you get what you pay for. Dont expect the High Resolution (300 DPI)images to be anywhere near the quality of auction catalog photos, NGC Photo-Proofs or PCGS True View images, however they are a significant step up from pictures taken with a home scanner or the Low Resolution NGC images.

The difference in picture quality between these image sources can be readily seen if you take a slide show tour of my USA/Philippines Type Set which utilizes all of these image sources.


The images of the 1903 Half Centavo (PF65 RD), and the 1937-M 10 Centavos (MS65) were taken with my home scaner.

The images of the following 13 coins are NGC Low Resolution (72 DPI) images:

1908 Centavo (PF65 RB)

1937-M Centavo (MS65 RD)

1908 Five Centavos (PF66)

1935-M Five Centavos (MS 64)

1903 Ten Centavos (PF65)

1908 Ten Centavos (PF 64)

1908 Twenty Centavos (PF 65)

1944 D/S Twenty Centavos (MS66)

1908 Fifty Centavos (PF 62)

1936-M Fifty Centavos (MS65)

1945-S Fifty Centavos (MS67)

1908 Peso (PF 63)

1936-M Murphy and Quezon Peso (MS65)

The photos of the 1903 Fifty Centavos (PF65); and 1937-M Five Centavos (MS65) were auction catalog photos. The Fifty Centavos was photographed by Heritage and the Five Centavos by Goldberg.

The image of my 1903 Twenty Centavos (PF66) is a PCGS True-View Photo.

The Photos my my 1936-M Roosevelt/Queson Peso (MS66) is from an NGC Photo-Proof.

The images of my 1903 Peso (PF64) are croped versions of NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) Images. The High Resolution full slab images, as recieved on the CD, were 1800 x 2488 pixels each. The obverse image was 267 KB and the reverse 391 KB.

The large picture size had ample allowance for me to crop to close-ups of the obverse and reverse and still maintain good resolution. My croped images were: Obverse 1094 x 1064 pixels (153 KB) and reverse 1078 x 1074 pixels (181 KB).

You certainly can not crop to a close-up of a coin with an NGC Low Resolution image which is only 537 x 750 pixels for a full slab image.

The main problem that I have with the NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) images is that they do not do a very good job of capturing the color or true eye appeal of toned coins. If you really want to capture the full beauty of your premiun NGC coins you still need to opt for the more expensive Photo-Proof or Photo Vision image services. NGC Photo-Proof and PCGS True-View photos are both high quality professional image services and continue to be the standard against which all others are measured.

If all you are looking for is a decent moderately priced photo to upload to your Registry Sets the NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) image is far superior to the Low Resolution (72 DPI) image.

The photo attached to this Journal entry is a croped version of an NGC High Resolution (300 DPI) image of the reverse of my 1903 Peso (PF64). The croped image is 1078 x 1074 pixels (181 KB).




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