How to Handle Coins – Proper Coin Care
One of the major tasks of a coin collector is to properly take care of their collection. Proper handling of a collectible coin should always be done to avoid any damage on the coin. The grade of the coins usually depends on how it looks physically so for a coin to be appraised on a higher value, proper handling if coins should always be done.
It is a good idea to, as much as possible, lessen the handling of the coins. Dents, wear, polish marks, or handling marks can actually lower that value of a collectible coin. A good storage for coins is one that doesn’t allow contact of one coin with another. A good box that doesn’t allow moisture to set in would be a good storage for your valuable coins as the moist could chemically react with the coins and could create rust.
When handling valuable coins, just hold the edge and avoid touching surfaces. The fingerprints that a person makes on the surface of the coin can lower the grade of the coin. Another reason for this is the sweat on the fingers, or other chemicals that might be present on the fingers can react with the coin and possibly ruin it. This is not a difficult handling method at all since coins are small to be easily held on the edges. If you go to grading service agencies that determines the value of coins, you would see people working their often wears mask and gloves, this is to avoid any particles from the mouth and hands to get into the coin and potentially make its value lesser than it should be. When putting the coin in any other surface other than its box, try to find a clean, soft surface possibly cushioned by paper or fabric. This is done to avoid scratched on the surfaces of the coin.
Many coin collectors and even dealers make the mistake of polishing and cleaning the coin. They think this would increase the value of the coin when in fact it does the opposite. Cleaning or polishing marks found on the coin when it is appraised only makes the grade lower. If someone just polishes it with regular fabric, this can cause minor scratches on the coin that could only be seen throw a magnifying glass. If you really want to clean or polish the coins you have, you can take it to professionals that do these job. They have special tools that they use that avoid any damage or contact marks on the coin.
Tarnishing of coins ones it gets older is inevitable. The metals surfaces of the coins react chemically with sulfur or other chemicals present in the environment which causing the tarnishing. This process is called toning. There is not a lot of protection against this process and this really naturally occurs with most types of coins. Don’t worry as the toning can actually even increase the value of the coin.
Proper handling is really a big part of being a coin collector. Knowing things to protect your collection will ensure good grade and higher value in the future.