collectors must know how to correctly clean, handle, examine, and store
their coins. Here are some ways to do all these things successfully!
your coins to make them look shiny and new is a big No-No! Most collectors
believe you should never clean your coins since it could spoil the
surface of the coins and take away their shine and value.
If you must clean them, never use a brush. Use a very soft cloth and
mild soap. Dip them in the soapy water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Never rub the coin. Also, you could use a paste made from baking soda
and water to clean coins. Pat or use a soft cloth to put the paste
on the coins. Gently rinse them. Place them on a soft mat to completely
wash your hands before handling your coins. Hold them by the edge
or rim, between your thumb and index finger. Don't eat or drink
while handling coins. You should handle your coins as little as
Never touch the flat surfaces. Fingerprints are very hard to remove
from coins. Some collectors use tweezers or white cotton gloves when
handling their coins. Try not to laugh at this, but don't cough
or breathe heavily over coins. The vapors (the air you breathe out)
can damage the coin!
There are many
types of ways to store coins. Some are albums, coin boards, envelopes, and
boxes. Don't keep coins in a loose bag or box. They could wiggle around
and scratch each other. Keep coins in a cool dry room.
part of this great hobby is displaying
your coin collection so friends and family can enjoy looking at them.