193/365 - Wheat Penny

Got a wheat penny in my change today, which hasn't happened in quite some time (I’m always surprised to see one circulating.) Semmed like as reasonable a subject as any, so I grabbed a few more from my collection, arranged them, er, “artfully”, set up my strobes to help emphasize the texture, and took some macro shots.


Post-wise, these have some minor color correction (moslty boosting vibrance) and boosted definition in Aperture, but aren't too far removed from the shot straight off the camera.


Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200mm @ 200mm w/68mm of macro tubes, 1/250s @ ƒ/16, ISO100. One SB-700 camera right, with the built-in diffuser on, 1/5 power (for fill and texture); second SB-700 camera left, built-in diffuser on, 1/10 power (just to return a little detail inside the large, deep shadows.)

  • John Lillis PRO 3y

    Good shooting!

    I read that some people are now saving any Lincoln cents earlier than 1983 because the copper content of such cents is now worth over two cents and the gov't might change its mind and allow citizens to melt them down for the copper. In '83 the composition was changed to eliminate almost all the copper in favor of zinc.

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  • Sarah Grimwood 3y

    Are the wheat pennies rare then? I've been after a 1972 British penny for aaaages, I check every one that I get. It's the year that my car was made, and also only the second year of the penny... seems that loads were made in 1971 and then not so many in 1972 which is why I struggle to find one!
    Great shot though of this special one :)
  • Marc Mateos PRO 3y

    Penny? Penny? Penny?
    OK… only geeks like me would know that. haha

    Nicely captured textures on this one.
  • 千晴 3y

    Great shot and I too like old coins. Well, I don't know if I like old coins or just checking to see how old it is. I also look for state quarters minted in Philadelphia as we don't get too many of them here in Texas.
  • Andy PRO 3y

    Nice shot.
    I like the staining and dirt that's on the coins.
    My son is collecting old coins, he has bought himself a metal detector and wants to find a roman coin horde.
  • Tim Sackton 3y

    Nice job getting the details on the surface of the coin to really stand out. Very cool.
  • Oliver Boston 3y

    Lovely details and thanks for sharing the background - interesting stuff
  • Samuel Santiago 3y

    Great 1:1 macro. Like the natural lighting you were able to get with your setup. This lighting is just perfect.
  • Chris 3y

    I used to love these when I was a kid and when coin collecting was cool (to me).
  • Dennis Wilkinson PRO 3y

    John Lillis 千晴 Andy Tim Sackton Oliver Boston Samuel Santiago Chris Thanks, all!
    Sarah Grimwood The wheat pennies aren't especially rare (I've got several hundred of them, and they did mint them for decades), but they stopped minting them long enough ago that they don't turn up in circulation all that often.
    Marc Mateos I'm assuming there was three sets of knocks that went along with that…
  • Marc Mateos PRO 3y

    Dennis Wilkinson haha… yep. I goofed. There are the "knocks", too! xD xD
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Taken on July 11, 2012
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