People collect coins of all kinds. Some people might only like coins from other countries. Some people might like coins that have animals on them. Which coins would you like to collect? Read our tips for starting and caring for a coin collection.
Find Coins to Collect
It’s easy to start a coin collection. You can begin with coins that you already have.
- Look around your house, check your pockets and your piggy bank, peek under the couch cushions and in the car.
- Gather the coins you find somewhere safe.
- Make a list of your coins. Include the coin type, year, and other information you find useful.
- Add to your collection when you find new coins or travel to other countries.
Gather Materials to Care for Your Collection
Handle Your Coins With Care
- Wear soft cotton gloves and hold the coin by the edge. Fingerprints and natural oils on your skin can damage the coin.
- Hold it over a soft towel or soft surface in case you drop it.
- Remember that brushing or cleaning a coin could scratch it.
Store Your Collection Safely
- Keep the coins cool and dry.
- Store coins in protective cases or albums. Avoid soft plastic holders that contain a chemical called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC can coat a coin in sticky green slime. Yuck!
- Save important documents that came with the coin. This can include a certificate authenticity and information cards.
- Store the coins in a safe place.