A collector would choose certain specifications when it comes to his coin collections. If a coin collector is new in the business, it is perhaps best to start at the very beginning. You will probably start your collection based on your preference. Are you the silver, bronze, or gold type of person? How old do you like your coin to be? In what period?
Best advice: start with what interests you. Then collect it by the following:
Date or Period of Time
Coin collectors who see their collection as an investment would probably prefer coins that are older than their grandfathers. The more ancient the coin, the better. Aside from being centuries old, there are also Revolutionary coins and those that came from another time in history. Some people would start by building up decades of coin that are in Mint condition.
If you have decided to collect any kind of coin for as long as it came from different countries worldwide, that would be tiring but exciting. And it can cost you a lot. So things wouldn’t be exhausting, you could start off by collecting coins of your own country. After that, if you have enough funds, you could drop by a coin shop and ask if there are any coins from outside the country.
If you’re a beginner, you might not want to start collecting silver or gold coins for these are the kinds of coins that can be quite expensive. Better settle with the lower metal levels first. Not unless money is not a problem. Usually, the concern on what kind of metal to choose belongs to the more professional collector.
By this time you may already have an idea on where to start. As time passes, you will become more interested and selective of the types of coins that fits your album. You will develop areas that you may not find in other collectors.
You still need to know some specifications about the kinds of coins that you will collect.
You have seen an ordinary coin, its features wouldn’t be different from the old one because typically, new coins are just patterned from old coins. You have to inspect if the writing on the coin is still clear. A coin wherein the smallest details, like feathers or robe folds, are completely worn away is of little value.
Means discoloration or tarnishing, toning can increase the coin’s value. Believe it or not, if a blue tone is present on a silver coin, it can be very desirable. Toning has an effect on a coin’s details for it can accent its faded features. For as long as the tone of the coin wouldn’t turn out uneven, there’s no reason to reject it.
Wear n’ tear
If you have been in coin shops that are offering bargain coins, it might be because it has seen a lot of circulation and the market has already rejected it. You will notice certain kinds of scratches an even scarring that is caused by chemicals. Scratches can be acceptable but scarring is a no-no. Chemical scarring can be related to corrosion, pits, etc. As much as possible, make your coin collections spotless.