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    Recent purchase has me looking for inexpensive loupe suggestions

    Its time for me to purchase a loupe, and I doubt I have to look any further than my CRH buddies for a few good suggestions. I'm not a big "error hunter" so I'm not looking to spend a lot of money on one. It will mainly be used to search for doubled die errors on the coins I already possess and any I obtain/find in the future. All suggestions would be appreciated!

    What has lead to this is that I recently purchased 4 rolls of silver quarters sight unseen for a pretty good price. I would like to search them for the DDOs that exist just to make sure that I don't toss a coin worth more than melt into the "junk" silver pile. I had already made a pretty good purchase, but near the bottom of the first roll I opened it got even better. Out popped a 1932-S that after consulting the PCGS Photograde Online website, I believe would grade a solid XF40.

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    My local jewelry store, when I just happened to mention that I metal detect and need a good loupe, opened a drawer pulled out a jewelers loupe and gave it to me. They had a drawer full of them.
    I've used it for many years now.
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    Just search eBay and find some cheap ones from China.

    30 x 21mm Glass Jeweler Loupe Eye Magnifier Magnifying | eBay

    30x 21mm Jeweler Loupe Glass Eye Magnifying Magnifier | eBay

    Of course the power just depends on preference. There are some people I know that use minimal power loupes (3-10x) and others that only use higher powered ones (15-30x)

    And, yes, the ones you get from China on eBay are exactly like the stuff you'd be getting from Whitman/Lighthouse

    For example,

    Whitman 10X Magnifier With LED Light*-*Other*-*Coin Magnifiers and Loupes*-*Coin Tools*-*Wizard Coin Supply

    Is pretty much a branded version of the eBay one only selling for several times the cost of the generic one!
    Speeding up Gresham's law one roll at a time

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    Mine. Two for under 5 bucks... one for home, one for work.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001C9N9OM/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1353376315&sr=8-3&pi=SL75

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    I would recommend one with a light source. I frequent many auctions per week and the lighting can be horrible. Having an LED light integrated in the magnifier is very helpful.

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    I appreciate the suggestions. I did not intend for this to be a, "Will you please google/ebay this for me" type post. I had already looked on ebay and saw the cheap Chinese loupes as well as some of the more expensive models. I was just hoping someone had some experience with what I had seen and could point me in the right direction, or more importantly steer me away from any particular model that was complete garbage. I should have stated that. My apologies.

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    I use a basic 20X jewelers loupe for varieties and a basic 10x loupe for grading. Light sources are always a challenge, I use my phones built in LED flashlight if I need more light.

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    I'm in the same boat...so to speak.

    I want to pick up a hobbyist quality jewelers loupe but don't want to pick up a piece of junk either. They are cheap enough on ebay etc.

    It looks like getting one with a light source is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that. I want to take it with me in the field, when I'm out panning the creeks.

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    I bought this one:
    Amazon.com: SE Illuminated Loupe with LED Light - 20X: Jewelry

    It sure has met my limited needs.

    It's an Amazon "add on" so you need to spend $25 to add this on to your order - which never seems to be an issue (dog food, razors, phone accessories, work pants/shoes etc) becuase you can find some very good deals for items you use daily!
    Check out my eBay store - buy directly and save 10% off your purchase!
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    You need a triplet 10x and that's it. Anything more, and the magnification will be too high and the image too large. They are around $5 to $10 bucks.

    If you're checking gemstones or jewelry, then I suggest a loupe with a black casing to offset any reflection. If you need any back lighting, and are looking at loose gems for example, you can use a pen light and flash it from underneath the object. And if you don't mind spending for quality, then I suggest getting a Belomo Triplet 10X.

    Also, be sure to google information for properly using a loupe. A good majority of people don't know how to use one correctly, and getting it right makes all of the difference in the world. It's also the first thing a dealer will look at (if you're in a field of trade) to size you up accordingly.
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    Thanks for those two suggestions...I'll look into the both as options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro Retro View Post
    You need a triplet 10x and that's it. Anything more, and the magnification will be too high and the image too large. They are around $5 to $10 bucks.

    If you're checking gemstones or jewelry, then I suggest a loupe with a black casing to offset any reflection. If you need any back lighting, and are looking at loose gems for example, you can use a pen light and flash it from underneath the object. And if you don't mind spending for quality, then I suggest getting a Belomo Triplet 10X.

    Also, be sure to google information for properly using a loupe. A good majority of people don't know how to use one correctly, and getting it right makes all of the difference in the world. It's also the first thing a dealer will look at (if you're in a field of trade) to size you up accordingly.

    Great information here. I recently bought a triplet 10x, as well as a lighted 30x and 60x (that second hole is REEAALLLLL small!), but I've had a heck of a time figuring out how to use the 10x. Both cost me $10 (each); a little high, but I bought them from my LCS, and didn't mind giving him the business.

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    I've purchased just about every style of loupe available. I stopped looking when I found the hands free jewelry loupe on eye glass frame. These are awesome. I have several pair of them now. They have an LED light for illumination. They are adjustable. I would suggest buying a 10x loupe first. You can buy a single eye or a dual eye. Both have advantages. Then buy the 20x loupe. Here's an example of the 10x dual. If you're just doing a few coins at a time, you might as well buy the single:

    New 10x Hand Free Dual Illuminated Loupe on Eye Glass Frame MG1312S US Seller | eBay

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    I use a jeweler's 10X tied to my right eyeglass lens for roll searching. any odd anomaly gets the lighted 30X to confirm <<<<AND>>>> most important--- eliminate PMD. amazing how an "error" can just be a damaged coin. study error-ref.com to learn what's real and how it happens. on Ebay just check for US only shippers closest to you --- most all are made in China.

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    Not sure as to your budget, but if you have a computer and want to take it easy:

    https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Micr...4-3e7a9c0027d0

    I use it and love it. Can also take pictures and video. Only drawbacks is its tough to take pictures of anything larger than a penny, and the suction cup kinda sucks (in the wrong way).
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