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Cleaning Coins - Think About It First

Aug 17, 2007
I am sure that many of you have come across coins that looked like they were filthy. When you looked at these coins you likely decided that the coins required to be cleansed so that their full economic value would be able to be seen. While this may sound like a good idea, cleaning coins can in truth damage certain valuable characteristics that are required for mint valuing. You may want to wait before doing any type of cleaning.

Coins that are rare often times will be dirty to some degree. And because of our human nature we will want them to shine. This has been a big mistake for many, because the coin loses it's authenticity after the cleaning.

For this reason it is often suggested to leave the coins more or less in the condition that you have found them in. Once you have found a good place to store them you will need to find a reputable coin dealer. This person should be able to inform you of the monetary value that these coins you have are worth. Once you have gotten at least several coin appraisals carried out you can ask the coin expert how you should go about cleaning coins without causing any damage.

As mentioned above it is highly recommended to get several appraisals on your coins. As a coin collector you should network with others of the same interest. Well of course you say, one good reason for this is to find out how others are taking care of their coins. They too may have some suggestions that work well for cleaning the coins without damage.

This is very crucial to find out as these people will have the knowledge and the experience in handling coins for assorted collection purposes. With all of this info they can tell you the best methods for cleaning coins without losing the diverse characterizing marks. When the process of cleaning coins has been finished you should look to making sure that you have a protective mint folder handy so that you can place the coins inside quickly.

There are methods of cleaning coins and many are effective. We only suggest to talk with the experts who have been in the business and know what they are talking about. Trust me, you will be glad you did verses damaging one of your valuable coins.

Keeping your coins inside of a coin leaflet will ensure that they stay protected. You must remember that many cleansing solutions are abrasive with harmful chemicals that will damage your coins. Hence you should truly find what are the simplest ways of cleaning coins.

There is no real need for you to cleanse your coins as this will in all probability reduce the value. Consequently you will be better off if you keep these coins in a safe place and leave cleaning coins for the professionals, and only when you truly need it cleaned. Another words, outsource your cleaning needs when they are needed.

But if you are cleaning coins on your own, then you're likely better off starting with a coin that isn't valuable first. This way you can see the effect that your cleansing methods will have on them. After that you can graduate to cleaning coins that aren't worth a fortune, but which might conceivably produce a handsome sum for you. Or you could just leave cleaning coins to the experts and hand it all over to a trusted professional service.

The bottom line is this: If you aren't sure how to clean your coins, then don't risk it. At least in their present state the value is in tacked.
About the Author
Bowe is the author of the e-book: "Becoming A Coin Collecting Expert." Visit his site and receive your Free 5 week mini e-course.
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