How to Clean Coins

If you're new to the world of numismatics, also known as coin collecting, then you may have a lot to learn! One very important thing that every coin collector needs to know is the proper way to clean their coins. Often, collectible coins shouldn't even be cleaned. If you're interested in selling your coins to other collectors, it's best to leave the coins uncleaned. They may prefer the coins in their original state.

For example, ancient coins often display a patina that should be left alone. By attempting to clean an ancient coin, you can damage it and destroy the patina that has taken ages for nature to create.

If you really want to clean your coins, one good way is to soak them in olive oil for several days then rinse with clear water. Allow the coin to air dry. This method can gently remove dirt and debris that is not part of the patina.

It simply cannot be stressed enough that cleaning your collectible coins can detract from their value. If you are determined to clean your coins and have not seen acceptable results from the olive oil method, then you'll want to take them to a professional. Professional coin cleaners are able to clean your coins without damaging them.

Storage is another important consideration when it comes to your coin collection. For coins that aren't very valuable, most anything can work. Try storing them in small envelopes or miniature Ziploc baggies. There are also special display envelopes which keep the coins safe but allow them to be displayed. You can even mount and display your coins under glass. This is a great way to turn your collectible coins into a work of art!

For valuable coins, you'll definitely want to store them in an airtight container. Hard plastic holders designed to house coins are probably your best bet for valuable coins. Your local coin or collectible shop will most likely carry these holders. If you have trouble finding them, check the Internet.

By understanding the proper way to clean (or not clean!) and store your collectible coins, you can keep them safe and retain their value year after year. If you have further questions about how to care for your coins, consult a coin specialist in your area or check out some books about coin collecting from your local library or bookstore.

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3 comments

  • I found an old coin and want to find someone to clean it proffesionally and determine its’ value. Can you recommend someone locally around the Maryland/Delaware area?

  • How do I find the value of foreign paper notes, for example a Pound note from Great Britian?

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