Beginning Coin Collector Mistakes.
Coin collecting fatal mistakes can be committed under the most
innocent circumstances and even with the best intentions. Sometimes you
may think that you are taking care of your coin but you may actually be
destroying it. So read on and you might be surprised to know that you
are committing the fatal mistakes.
Common but dangerous substance.
Acid is commonly found just about everywhere in small amounts. On
food, spittle, sweaty hands and even on paper. If you are not too
careful with your coins, you may damage them by unwittingly exposing
them to acid.
You may think you are protecting your coins by wrapping them in a piece
of paper or stuffing them in an envelope or a box, but the truth is you
could be destroying them. Unless you are 100% sure that this paper is
made frome acid-free material, never put your coins in anything else
then coin containers. When paper age, it releases acidic chemicals that
speeds up the oxidation process. This can also cause discoloration and
spotting on your coins.
Other elements that speed up the oxidation process are humidity and
extreme temperature. Too much heat and humidity also accelerate the
breaking down of coin containers. So find a dark and dry place of
storage for your coins.
Innocent but criminal offense.
Yes, you admire your coin collection and you are very proud of it.
So, you touch them, hold them in the light and show them off to your
friends. This is a grave criminal offense to your collection. You may
not be aware, but your hands are filled with acid and bacteria from all
that sweating, holding objects and touching what-nots. Not to mention
that fingerprint on coin surfaces can sometimes become permanent thus
ruining your mint coin.
And of course, itís normal to tell your friends about your coin and brag
about its value. That is expected, especially if you have a very rare
and valuable collection. Bragging and showing off are not a crime, but
doing that with your coins exposed, is. The spittle you or your friends
might be sprinkling while talking can also damage your coin with
spotting and discolorations. So, show off, but back off.
Good intention with worst result.
You thought you doing your coin collection a service by regularly
You thought polishing would make them more appealing and therefore
Wrong! If you try to clean up the toning on your coin by yourself,
you might scratch or strip it off of whatever mint luster that is left
on it. Itís better to have toned coins than to have clean but stripped
coins. They are worth more. So, before cleaning up your coins, consult
an expert first.
There are safe ways
to clean coins but in general you should only think about cleaning
them when you find a coin with a metal detector in the field and not
because of a silver toning that will come back after some time anyway!