Do you have a coin collection or are you interested in starting one? Read our tips on organizing, handling, and storing your coin collection.
Here are some tools to help you care for your coin collection:
- Magnifying glass for coin inspection
- Soft cotton gloves
- Towel, padded tray, or soft cloth to set coins on when viewing
- Good lighting
- Coin envelopes, holders, or albums for storing coins
Handling Your Coin Collection
- Hold a coin by its edges with your thumb and index finger. Hold it over a soft towel or soft surface in case you drop it.
- Wear soft cotton gloves to protect the coin from fingerprints and natural oils on your skin. The oils can damage the coin.
- Think twice before polishing your coins. Cleaning or polishing your coins can damage the coin’s surface and reduce the value. If you do clean a coin, use mild soap and water. Pat it dry with a soft towel.
Storing Your Coin Collection
- Keep coins cool and dry. Sharp changes in temperature and moisture can damage the coins.
- Use the original coin holders or cases. Avoid soft plastic holders that contain a chemical called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC can coat a coin in sticky green slime.
- Save important documents that came with the coin. This can include a certificate authenticity and information cards.
- Store the coins in a safe place.