Coin collecting Supplies for Beginners


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Coin collecting supplies are essential for any coin collector, beginner or advanced. Fortunately is home to a wide variety of coin supplies.

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Coin collecting Supplies for Beginners

  1. 1. A NOTE FOR BEGINNERS As the king of hobbies, coin collecting is one of the most accessible hobbies and can be a success for anyone. It can start with your first purchase with a coin dealer or with the very change in your pocket. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, coin collecting supplies are necessary for properly storing and preserving your collection. This guide will highlight some coin supplies to get you started on your newest hobby all available at!
  2. 2. COIN HOLDERS Coin collections require proper storage in order to retain their historical and monetary value, which is why coin holders may be one of the most important coin collector supplies. The cause of damage to coins include: • Humidity • Heat & Cold • Acids • Chlorine • Air Pollution • Improper Handling Coin holders come in a variety of styles such as coin flips, snaplocks, and storage tubes, all designed to protect your coins from the risks listed above.
  3. 3. COIN FOLDERS AND ALBUMS A great method for storing and presenting your coin collections is with a coin folder or album. A coin folder, the less expensive option, allows only for on side of the coin to be viewed and perfect for beginners. A coin album, usually more expensive, is more equipped for more advanced coin collectors allowing for both sides to be viewed and a lot more storage. Dansco coin albums and folders are the most popular brand, most likely do their high-quality manufacturing.
  4. 4. MAGNIFIER & LIGHT Examining the condition, grading, and authenticity of your coin collection is one of the most important aspects for coin collecting as it determines the value of your coin collection. The most advised lighting is incandescent lighting, as it is strong enough to highlight imperfections, but soft enough to not exaggerate minor blemishes. As for magnifiers, a magnification between 5x and 10x is ideal for coin grading, while 8x or more is more appropriate for inspecting errors. A wide variety of magnifiers are available on our site that accommodate a number of desires, including the Lighthouse Zoom Microscope.
  5. 5. GLOVES As we mentioned before, acids have the potential to damage and devalue your coin collection. Uncirculated coins susceptible to damage because of their pristine surfaces. But did you know that these acids, or even oils, can be coming from your very skin? Wearing gloves will prevent contamination; soft cotton gloves are recommended by most professional numismatists, while powder free latex or nitrile gloves are the top alternative.
  6. 6. BOOKS U S C O I N R E D B O O K A N A G R A D I N G G U I D E Every coin collector should have these two books: The Red Book is the standard pricing guide for US coins, providing a brief history and description of all US coins ever minted. The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Guide is the quintessential reference book, offering detailed descriptions of every US coin and how a grade is determined.
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