Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez wrote a great article recently for CoinWeek on "Unintentional Ways Collectors Damage Coins". Here's a short excerpt, but be sure
to see the complete article online. -Editor
Most coin collectors know the major deadly sin regarding the handling of coins: don't clean them! Yet a variety of coin-handling accidents will happen anyway. Many of the most
well-meaning coin collectors have made some of the gravest mistakes when it comes to how they've handled, stored, or otherwise managed their coin collections. It's simply too easy
to damage coins beyond repair – the slightest of surface friction, an errant slip of the finger, or even buying an outdated coin holder can spell figurative and literal doom for
There are a million-and-one ways that coins have been permanently damaged in the otherwise caring hands of the collectors who love them. So, what are some of the more common
ways collectors have unintentionally ruined their coins, and how can you prevent such fates from happening to you and your prized numismatic possessions? Here's a look at some of
the most frequent offenses and how to stop them from happening to you!
Can't Return To Sender...
Is there a more heartbreaking way to damage a new arrival to your collection than by accidentally cutting it with an X-Acto knife or another sharp object as you open the
mailer in which it was shipped? It's happened to so many collectors and dealers that it's easily one of the top ways numismatists mishandle their coins.
Most often, the coins are shipped safely and well but are layered in bubble wrap, bound in tape, or otherwise covered in tightly wrapped, well-sealed packaging that
necessitates the use of a knife or blade to open. Take extra care when opening these packages and remove each layer as if performing meticulous surgery on the item. Yes, we know
you're in a hurry (aren't we all?). Yes, we know you're anxious to see what your new purchase looks like. But take the time to open your packages carefully… Remember, any damage
that happens to your purchase after it arrives is not eligible for a refund!
2x2s of Doom
2x2s are ubiquitous. Probably the only supply item more numerous in coin collecting than 2×2 cardboard holders or similar mounts are the staples used to secure them. And
while the staples are an important part of keeping your coins secured inside, there are a few inherent risks involved in sealing a coin within or removing a coin
from a 2×2.
To read the complete article, see:
Unintentional Ways Collectors
Damage Coins – And How to Stop!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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