Coins in airtight capsules for proper storage.

How to Safely Store and Care For Your Coins

How should I safely care for my coin collection?

Proper care and storage of your coin collection can help preserve their value and beauty for years to come. Here are some tips on how to safely care for your coin collection:

  1. Handle coins with clean hands: Avoid touching coins with dirty or oily hands as the oil and dirt can damage the surface of the coin. Avoid touching the face of the coin, only touch the edges of the coin. Wear gloves if necessary.
  2. Store coins in a dry and cool place: Moisture can cause coins to rust and corrode, so it's essential to store them in a dry and cool environment. Avoid areas with high humidity, such as basements, attics, or garages.
  3. Use proper storage containers: Coin holders made of plastic containing PVC, cardboard, or paper should be avoided as they contain acids that can cause damage. Instead, use inert materials like Mylar or PVC-free plastic sleeves or airtight capsules to store your coins.
  4. Avoid cleaning coins: Cleaning coins can cause damage, especially if done improperly. It's best to avoid cleaning coins altogether, and if you must, seek the advice of a professional coin grader.
  5. Keep your collection organized: Sort your collection by date, denomination, or other criteria, and keep a detailed inventory of your coins to help you keep track of what you have.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your coin collection remains in excellent condition and retains its value for years to come.

How should I safely store my coin collection?

You should store your coin collection in a cool, dry, and secure location. Here are some options to consider:

  1. Coin albums and folders: Coin albums and folders are an excellent option for organizing and storing your collection. They are made of acid-free materials that protect your coins from environmental factors and potential damage.
  2. Coin holders and flips: Coin holders and flips are small plastic containers that can be used to store individual coins. They come in various sizes and can be labeled for easy identification.
  3. Coin storage boxes: Coin storage boxes are designed to hold multiple coin holders or albums. They come in various sizes and can be stacked for efficient storage.
  4. Safe: A safe can provide added protection and security for your coin collection. A safe can protect your coins from theft, fire, and other environmental factors.

When storing your coins, it's essential to keep them away from moisture and direct sunlight, which can cause damage to the coins. Additionally, you should avoid storing your coins in places with fluctuating temperatures, such as attics, basements, or garages.

Remember that coins are delicate and valuable items, so it's crucial to take proper care when handling and storing them. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your coin collection remains in excellent condition and retains its value for years to come.

Where can I buy coin supplies?

You can buy coin supplies from a variety of sources, both online and offline. Here are some options to consider:

  1. Coin shops: Local coin shops, (like ourselves!) often carry a selection of coin supplies, including albums, holders, and flips. They can also offer advice on the best supplies for your particular collection. Stop into our storefront location to shop our wide array of coin supplies. 
  2. Online retailers: There are many online retailers that specialize in coin supplies, including Amazon, eBay, and various coin supply websites. These retailers often have a wide selection of supplies, and you can easily compare prices and read reviews from other customers.
  3. Coin shows: Coin shows are events where coin dealers and collectors gather to buy, sell, and trade coins and related items. Many shows also have vendors selling coin supplies, so you can pick up what you need while browsing the show.

When buying coin supplies, be sure to purchase from a reputable dealer or retailer. Look for supplies made of acid-free materials that won't damage your coins, and always double-check the sizing to ensure that the supplies fit your coins correctly.

In summary, there are many options for buying coin supplies, including local coin shops, online retailers, and coin shows. Be sure to purchase from a reputable source and choose supplies that are appropriate for your collection.

Why is my coin changing color?

Coins can change color due to a variety of reasons, including natural oxidation, chemical reactions, and environmental factors. Here are some common reasons why coins may change color:

  1. Natural Oxidation: Some metals, including copper and silver, can naturally oxidize over time when exposed to air, moisture, or other environmental factors. This can cause coins to develop a patina or change color.
  2. Chemical Reactions: Coins can also change color due to chemical reactions with other materials. For example, coins stored in PVC coin flips or other non-archival materials can react with the plasticizers and cause discoloration. Similarly, coins stored with other metals or in contact with certain chemicals can also undergo chemical reactions that result in color changes.
  3. Cleaning: Cleaning coins improperly or with the wrong cleaning agents can cause discoloration or damage to the surface of the coin.
  4. Toning: Toning is a process where coins develop a natural patina or color over time due to exposure to air, moisture, and other environmental factors. While some collectors prefer toned coins, others prefer to keep their coins in their original, untoned condition.

If you notice that your coin is changing color, it is best to consult a professional coin dealer or conservator to determine the cause and whether any action needs to be taken to preserve the coin's value and condition.

Should I clean my coin collection?

It's generally not recommended to clean your coin collection. Coins can be quite delicate, and cleaning them can cause damage that may affect their value. Even mild cleaning can remove the natural patina or toning that has developed on a coin over time, which can diminish its appearance and historical significance.

Furthermore, improper cleaning methods can cause irreversible damage to a coin. Using harsh chemicals, abrasive materials, or rubbing a coin with a cloth can all scratch the surface or cause wear that will affect the coin's grade and value.

If you feel that a coin needs cleaning to remove dirt or grime, it's best to consult with a professional coin grader or conservator who has the expertise and experience to clean coins safely and effectively.

In summary, no, you should not clean your coin collection. If you wish to conserve your coins, seek expert conservation advice to ensure that you don't cause any damage to your coins. 

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