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Why are most of them red?

 

I'd never noticed that. I'm guessing that red would not show dust,etc as easily as black but would give a great contrast against a copper, silver or gold coin.

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In my early days of collecting, I read a book about basic tricks - which light to use to look at coins, what type of background to have, etc. And I remember red being considered distracting and bad for the viewer. I doubt all dealers are buying red trays to help deceive the buyers but I guess some would.

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These two points are precisely what I'm trying to sort out. Is it something that is more distracting or the best way to present most coins? I notice most exhibit backgrounds are not red but a lot of trademarks are or contain red. What is the best color to show coins, especially when brown and silver coins are mixed?

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I think black is the best background. but it does show dust as you pointed out. but what does it matter anyway since most coins are in white cardboard flips

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