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Early Numismatic Photography


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The introduction of photography to the field of numismatics in the 19th century did much to enhance the utility of serious numismatic publications and encourage the further development of numismatics as a science. The adaptation of photography to mechanical printing processes allowed the widespread dissemination of clear images of coins, medals, tokens, and paper money, broadening the scope and range of numismatic publications, whether academic, recreational, or commercial. A historical overview of the subject suggests that the ways in which photographic illustrations were gradually adopted by numismatic publications had discernible effects on the subjects discussed, the authors published, the commercialization of recreational coin collecting, and the development of numismatic societies. Speaker: David Fanning.
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