How To Create Your Own Coin Collecting Kit
By Mohammed Shomam

You can't say that collecting coins is only about coin-keeping.
Numismatists or people enthusiastic about coins will tell you
that it is much more -- a rather methodical and to some extent a
complex hobby. You should follow some specific guidelines to
make sure that you carry on this hobby with a disciplined
approach while having fun and making money at the same time.

Below is the list of some necessary things that should be a
part and parcel of your coin collecting activity.

1. Using guide books on coins

Both beginners and professional collectors of coins should use
guide-books on coins.

Coin guides give tips on how to start, as well as special
instructions on how to proceed with the hobby of coin
collecting.

These books not only give start-up tips but also provide
information regarding the procedure to walk the road of this
hobby of coin-collection.

As coins differ in respect of their price, grade etc., these
books also come handy by giving necessary information related to
the same.

Reading these guide-books is strongly suggested before starting
the hobby of coin-collection as it would be a safeguard against
taking wrong decisions due to non-availability of proper
information.

2. Record of the stock of coins

Proper stock-records for all the items that you have collected
must be kept. Facts such as grade, year, cost, face value,
remarks and trend should always be obtainable in case they are
needed.

Stock records aid a lot in proper organization of the
collection of coins. If any collector gives a brief look to
these records, it can help by showing which coins have become
useless or are required no more.

For keeping a record of information related to coins,
numismatists have some alternatives as regards the method to be
followed. They may utilize either the long established procedure
of using paper and pen or use the software specifically prepared
for coin-collection.

3. Coin Box

Coins should be kept in properly protected holders and boxes so
that they don't get damaged.

Some chemical reactions often occur between the metals of which
the coins are made and sulphur or PVC. So paper (in which
sulphur is present) or plastic (consisting of PVC) shouldn't be
used for coin-storage on a long-term basis.

4. Gel of Silica

For preserving the coins properly, packets of silica gel should
be used as it helps to maintain correct temperature and low
level of humidity in the atmosphere.

5. Glasses that magnify

To rank the coins, magnifying glasses offer a big helping hand.
Though 7x magnification is the most recommended one by
numismatists, but even magnification in the range of 4x to 10x
will complete the job pretty well.

For examining the degree of excellence and the genuineness of
coins, a magnifying glass is of great help. Defects which can't
be seen by the naked eye like scratches or even hairlines can be
brought to notice by magnifying glass. This is a good thing as
such defects affect the coin-value in a negative way.

6. Light Source

A source of light should be kept at a distance of half a meter
from the workstation. A 75-watt lamp that's incandescent or a
halogen lamp is suggested for this purpose.

7. Tools for handling

The quality of the coins gets diminished by the marks of
finger. So, coin-collectors who are serious about their hobby
use gloves meant for surgical purposes and pads made of velvet
for coin-handling.

Finally, the preliminary kit of coin-handling is ready. So,
have a great time following your hobby!

About the Author: Mohammed Shomam is involved with an online
coin collecting project that informs and educates the coin
collecting enthusiast through well-written articles. Discover
how to make the most out of your valuable coin collecting hobby!
http://www.coincollectingtips.com

Source: http://www.isnare.com

Permanent Link: http://www.isnare.com/?aid=100827&ca=Recreation