Must-Have Tools for Coin Collector

A good magnifying lens or loupe is needed to examine coin features, mint markings, and condition. Look for one with 5x to 10x magnification and a clear, distortion-free lens.

1. Magnifying Glass or Loupe

Cotton or latex gloves protect coins from hand oils and acids that tarnish and harm them. Protect expensive or uncirculated coins using gloves.

2. Gloves

Keep coins in numismatic holders or capsules. Coins may be seen clearly in these holders without physical contact or environmental exposure.

3. Coin Holders and Capsules

Organize and display your collection using coin trays or albums. These tools help keep your coins secure and make it easier to browse and appreciate your collection.

4. Coin Trays or Albums

A digital scale is handy for weighing coins, especially when determining their precious metal content. This tool can be useful for identifying counterfeit or altered coins.

5. Digital Scale

Calipers help measure the diameter of coins accurately. This is particularly important when identifying coin varieties and ensuring that your coins are properly housed in holders or capsules.

6. Calipers

Use non-abrasive coin tongs or tweezers to handle coins, especially when placing them in holders or capsules. This minimizes the risk of scratches or damage caused by direct contact.

7. Coin Tongs or Tweezers

Cleaning coins is not suggested, however distilled water, light soap, and a soft brush can gently remove loose dirt and grime. Be careful and research cleaning methods before starting.

8. Cleaning Supplies

Buy a safe deposit box or home safe to store your collection. Proper currency storage prevents theft, fire, and environmental damage.

9. Storage Options

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