If you’ve started to become interested in collecting rare coins, you’re probably doing some numismatic research. You might be asking questions about which coins you should start collecting first, how much you should be paying for the coins, and how to know whether or not a particular coin is worth buying. However, have you started asking yourself yet about how you take care of your rare coins?
This is a pretty important question. When you buy a coin and pay for it, you’re essentially paying for a coin that is in a particular condition. In the world of rare coins, this is called a coin’s grade, and the higher the grade of the coin, the more it will essentially be worth. However, if you buy a coin that is of a good grade and then mishandle it, you could significantly reduce the amount of money that you can get back from it because you could take several points off of its grade.
So, how, exactly do you take care of coins correctly? Well, one thing is that it depends on the type of coin that you’re taking care of. Gold coins, for instance, will not tarnish or rust under most conditions, but silver coins can easily change colors because of outside substances. Either way, though, you’ll need to keep your coins away from the elements. One of the best ways to do this is to keep the coins in the tube or display case that they come in.
One of the main things that can damage your coins is skin oils, which can leave spots and marks on them. When you handle your coins, you should always do so with soft gloves on. Also, be careful not to breathe on your coins, since the particles of food in your breath can easily tarnish your silver and gold coins.
Gold coins can scratch especially easily, so you need to be sure that you don’t handle them roughly. Keep your coins from rubbing each other together, too, so that they don’t scratch each other. You can do this by sliding them gently out of the tube and keeping them covered most of the time.
One of the main things that you can do to keep your coins clean is just to keep from handling them. If you want to show off one or two coins, keep them in a display case or keep one coin open to handle it.