When handling coins, it is useful to pay attention to some simple safety rules to avoid damaging them.
- The golden rule of coin handling is to NEVER touch the front or back of a coin with your bare hands. Should such a need arise, the coin should be touched or lifted from the edges. This is because the front and back of the coin are particularly respective to fingerprints and will pick up any grease or dirt that may have remained despite cleaning your hands beforehand. Special coin gloves, which significantly reduce the possibility of fingerprints on the surface of the coin, or special rubber-tipped coin tweezers can help.
- It is also useful to have the habit of not holding the coin too close to your face while examining it, so that the moisture from your breath or tiny droplets of saliva could hit the coin and cause its surface to become contaminated, resulting in stains or discoloration.
- Although it may seem obvious, a firm grip is important to prevent the coin from dropping and resulting in damage. Therefore, it is recommended to handle the coin collection over a soft, felt base.
- Taking everything above into account, it is important to choose an archiving solution suitable for your coin collection. There are many options, and each of them has its pros and cons. The SAFE e-shop offers a wide variety of different collection solutions that are safe for coins and suitable for both beginners and professionals. If you have any problems, contact us.