Last Updated on April 22, 2021 Posted by Colonial Acres Coins
Whether you’re just getting started in the world of coin collecting or you’ve amassed several binders’ worth of pieces, it is important to preserve your collection and keep the pieces safe and together. Colonial Acres offers a venue for purchasing your desired coins and the associated basic coin supplies that every collector needs.
1. Coin Tubes and Albums
Coin tubes provide you with a way to store your Canadian coins in a secure space while also providing them with protection. If you’re not a collector who wants to display his or her collection, storing your coins in tubes may be the right choice for you. Tubes are plastic, airtight, cylindrically-shaped objects that are just large enough to fit a specific type of coin.
Storage is vital for preserving your coins, but as a collector, you will likely want to view — and show off — your collection from time to time. Consider using an album to keep your coins safe while also making them available to be viewed by the outside world. Enclose each coin in a 2×2 holder that is perfectly designed to fit its size, or keep it in a plastic pouch and proudly display it in the album of your choice.
2. Cotton Gloves and Cloths
Coins, though they seem durable and maybe even indestructible, are surprisingly delicate. Humidity levels, pollution, and the natural oils and residues on human skin can interact with the metal material of coins and cause corrosion over time. You are likely planning on keeping your collection in pristine condition, which is why you are investigating items and materials you need to be a professional-level collector.
Do your coins a favour and purchase a pair of soft cotton gloves to wear when handling your collection of coins or paper money. Similarly, you should obtain a soft cotton cloth suitable for gently wiping and cleaning your coins. If you handle your coins regularly, you will benefit from keeping them from coming into contact with your skin. Another tip is to always handle your coins by the rim, not with your fingers on the faces, particularly if you’re not wearing gloves.
3. Coin Reference Guides
Coin reference guides contain great images of your favourite and most desired coins, but they are much more than that: They include accurate prices for coins you wish to purchase, detailed information about each coin and reference numbers that help you put a name to tough-to-identify specimens. Check out the annual Charlton Coin Guide or the Standard Catalogue of World Coins for more information.
4. Magnifiers and Accessories
The more serious you become about your collection, the more accessories you may want to have on hand for identifying and examining your coins. Magnifying instruments like loupes can help the collector make out the small details that mark variant coin strikes or help in grading the coin’s condition. When you want to visualize details that the naked eye cannot make out, magnifying glasses are essential tools for coin collectors of all levels.
Other suggestions for accessories include capsules for safeguarding your most prized coins, coin tongs for quick handling when gloves are not available, or a storage system as a step up from your binder album Depending on the size of your collection and where you store it, you may want to have more than one of some items on hand in case they are lost or misplaced.
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Colonial Acres is a one-stop shop for coins, supplies, and information that can benefit you in the process of putting together your Canadian coin collection. Contact our knowledgeable staff and start your journey with us today!