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Starting a Coin Collection

It is never too early or too late to have a hobby. Some people are hobbyists for fun while others see a bigger picture; and that is to make money. Some objects that may seem inexpensive now may become valuable or priceless later.

A few good examples are baseball cards, toys and stamps. Many people have made a fortune by collecting and selling on auction sites like EBay. Another collection that can become profitable is coin collecting.

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Getting started is as easy as deciding what kind of collection you want. Coins are made every year and some are introduced years later so focusing on a particular time period and location is important.

Conducting research using reference books or the web can aid in coin collecting. You can learn almost anything about the coins to be collected and will help the collector discover those who want to sell coins.

Another good source of information is subscribing to a coin publication such as Coin World or Coinage Magazine. The local coin shop can also expand the search for those antique coins outside the collector’s city or state.

Being a member of a coin club can build the collector’s network. Some members may want to part with a particular coin in exchange for another, etc.

Coins that are no longer used generally have more value than those that are still active, because coins in the past were made of 100% silver or gold. Since the demand for silver coins increased and they were difficult to produce they are now made of 40% and 60% copper.

After completing the collection, the coins should be stored in a nice folder or album. This will keep them clean and easy for the individual to carry around and display.

Coins can be cleaned by soaking them in any of the following liquids: vinegar, rubbing alcohol, lemon juice or ammonia which will remove any dirt or encrustation that’s on the coin when it was acquired. Afterwards, they should be air-dried or patted dry with a soft cloth. Rubbing or polishing the coins is not advisable since it scratches and will decrease the market value of the coin.

Coin collecting can be a lot of fun. By deciding on a specific period to begin with then searching for it, the collector will have something valuable as an investment.

Keeping Coins Clean Using a Folder


The price of an antique item goes up if it is kept in good condition. By having it stored in a safe place, one can be sure that it will not be damaged by the elements or by negligence that will reduce its value in the market.

Coins are easy to take care off. For those who have been doing this for years, such collections are usually framed or under glass and are often seen in places such as a large museum. But to individuals who are just starting out, putting it in an old shoe box or jar will do.

Later, when the collection is larger, it is time to invest in a coin folder that would better protect and hold the coins. These folders can be bought in different sizes depending on the type of coins the individual is collecting. The coins can be stored in individual plastic pockets or in sheets that make up the album. They are available at the local coin store or can be ordered from the web. The advantage of using these is that they are handy to carry around make it easy for the person to show. These can be brought to exhibits and other venues where the coins can be traded, sold or exchanged with coins that other people may have.

Keeping the coins in mint condition does not only mean storing them in a folder. Whenever the person adds a new coin to the collection, it is ideal to first have it cleaned before putting it in with the others.

This can be done by taking it to a coin shop and paying for the services, or if you prefer to do it yourself, is by soaking it in a liquid such as vinegar, rubbing alcohol, lemon juice or ammonia which is sure to remove any dirt or encrustation that are present when it was acquired.

They should then be air-dried or patted dry with a soft cloth. It is not a good idea to rub or polish the coins since scratches can occur that may decrease its value in the market.

Serious coin collectors value the importance of storing these valuables in a safe and secure area. By investing in a coin folder, the person can be sure that the value of the coins will go up either when the demand calls for it or when there is a need to part with them.

Choosing the Coin Fit for Your Collection

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

ancient gold coinCoin 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.

Country

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.

Metal

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.

Details

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.

Toning

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.