Have you stumbled upon a set of upper-grade, uncirculated, or proof coins recently? Believe us; it’s no less exciting than unearthing buried treasure. Collecting ancient coins is not just a hobby; they also make a lucrative investment. However, to preserve their value, you need to minimize damage to them. With proper handling, you can protect their mint surface, which in turn, will increase your collection’s worth in the international market. Here are a few tips for handling rare coins:
Don’t Clean, Polish, or Rub a Coin
Any of these actions may produce scratches or cut marks on your coin’s surface. So, never allow anybody to examine your coin in a way that might damage it. Cut marks may diminish the value of your coins by half or more. For that matter, never allow a dealer to perform ‘ring-test,’ a test which involves dropping of coins on hard floors to determine if they are made of silver. It would lead to fissures on the coin surface, which will affect its price.
Hold Them Properly
Don’t touch the face of a coin; always hold it by the edge. The oil on your skin may leave fingerprints on your coins. And know what? It’s impossible to remove these marks from coin faces without further damaging them. To avoid such harm, always wash your hands thoroughly before you handle your coins. Wearing gloves is a good option. However, always use cotton gloves instead of the latex or plastic ones. The latter contains powder or lubricants that may damage the coin. If somebody wants to see your coins, make him follow the same cleaning ritual before allowing him to touch your coins. The best option will be to keep your coins in protective capsules; this way you can prevent your precious coins from coming into contact with moisture.
Take Great Care to Avoid Impacts
While examining your coins or showing them to someone, always place a thick, soft cloth underneath. This trick will prevent your expensive pieces from getting damaged in case you slip or drop them.
Follow these three tips to preserve your coins’ value. If you have further questions on rare coins or want to add one to your collection, feel free to contact us today.