Photographer Martin Gray seeks coins to be photographed for a book on coins of the natural world. Can anyone help? -Editor My name is Martin Gray and I am a National Geographic photographer preparing a new illustrated book on coins. The title of the book will be Sacred Life: Coins of the Natural World.
The book will have black and white photographs of several hundred coins with the following living species shown on the coins:
The theme of the book is both simple and profound: We have living beings on our money; letís use that money to protect them.
- Reptiles and Lizards
I have so far photographed approximately 220 coins and those coins may be seen on the pages linked at the end of this letter (simply click each link to open the web page showing the coins). There are another 200 - 300 coins that I still need to photograph and I am hoping that various coin collectors and dealers will allow me to borrow those coins for a week so that I may photograph them. All of the borrowed coins will be returned to their owners promptly after they are photographed.
I am only interested in photographing coins that have been used during the past fifty years. It is important that the coins have been in circulation, as contrasted to mint condition, because I want readers of the book to feel as if the coins had been in their own pockets.
It is necessary that the details on the coins be clearly visible (the coins must not be so worn that the details are not clear). Coins with scratches are fine but coins with stains are not suitable. The coins may be of any denomination and I am not seeking coins that have any value beyond their face value. The book will not have photographs of paper currency - only coins will be shown.
For a list of coins still needed, see sacredsites.com/coins/lizards/ .
If you could lend any of these coins for the project, please contact me at your earliest convenience because the production schedule for the book requires that all the coins be photographed by the end of April at the latest. If you would like to speak with me about this matter, my phone number in Arizona is 928-274-5699. Thank you.
COINS ALREADY PHOTOGRAPHED
This seems like a worthy project. Can any of you help supply some of the needed coins? Could you refer Martin to a friendly coin dealer who might have many of these modern coins in stock? -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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