Keeping the collection shiny and new is the dream of every coin collector. It is not impossible if we know how to properly handle and store coins. Precious metals are free of rust but can experience degradation of color that causes it to become dull and less lustrous. This can happen if the precious metal is oxidized or contaminated by chemicals, dust, and impurities due to improper handling or storage. To prevent this, we will share basic standard info on the correct way of handling coins so that the collection of coins like the custom challenge coins and the antique ones can still look “fresh”.
Avoid holding directly
Dirt and oil from the hand can damage the surface of the coin. If forced to use hands, wash and clean hands first before holding a coin. Hold only the edges of the coin to reduce contact with the surface directly or if using gloves choose a glove with a soft cloth so it is not easy to scratch.
Prepare the placemat
Put a towel or a soft cloth as a placemat so that if the coin is loosened from the handle and dropped it can at least contain the cloth underneath it and reduce the scratches and scratches.
“Saliva is not a cleanser”
Avoid blowing directly from the mouth, exhaling let alone using saliva to clean the coins. For cleaning use a soft cloth and gently rub the dirty coin surface. Avoid excessive use of energy to prevent the surface of the coin from scratching. The shiny part of a coin especially the part that has a shiny effect like a mirror is the most easily scratched and must be handled with extra care.
Do not get held too often!
It should be understood that each time it is removed from where the coin is susceptible to contamination and is also likely to crash and fall. So to reduce the risk of removing and holding your collection only if absolutely necessary. Keep your coins in a safe place, dry and not hot. Use transparent protective coin capsules that are water-resistant and air-cooled so that they can also be enjoyed in beauty while reducing direct contact with air and hands.