How Should I Store My Coin Collection?

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Written By Natasha Jones
I'm Natasha Jones, an avid collector of coins, stamps, and paper money. My passion drives me to seek unique finds, from antique shops to international exchanges. I enjoy connecting with fellow collectors through forums and meet-ups, sharing discoveries and insights. Collecting, for me, is about preserving history and building a community around this shared interest.

As a coin collector, you know that a collection of coins can be an expensive investment.

Therefore, you want to ensure that your coins are safe and secure so they last for years.

Many different methods are available for storing coins, such as coin albums, coin folders or holders, and even display cases if you have valuable collections that need extra protection.

We will discuss all these options below, so read on!

How Should I Store My Coin Collection?

Coin Albums, Coin Folders, or Coin Holders

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Many collectors store their coin collections in coin albums, folders, or coin holders. These three storage options have the same purpose: keeping your coins safe from damaging elements like moisture and dust so they can preserve for decades.

Coin albums are a great way to keep your collection organized and displayed.

They feature pages you can slip coins into horizontally or vertically (depending on the type of album), making it easy to see each one at a glance without flipping through multiple pages. 

Coin folders work well if you’d instead use binders rather than an actual book-style product.

These come in both hardcover and softcover varieties depending on how much protection against dust and moisture is needed—a softcover album offers less protection than its hardcover counterpart.

However, it will still hold well over time thanks to its sturdy construction materials such as vinyl or leather plastic covers.”

Keep Your Coin Collection Away From Humid Places

If you want to keep your coin collection in mint condition, keeping it away from humid places is essential.

Humidity can cause corrosion on coins and make them look less appealing. How do you know if your coins have been damaged by humidity?

It’s easy: look at them! If they look dull and discolored, this is a sign that the coin has been exposed to humidity for an extended period.

If you find yourself with such a damaged piece of currency, here are some things that you can do:

  • Don’t wash the coin – even if it looks really dirty! This may add more damage than good. Instead, use wet naps or microfiber cloths (like those used by eyeglass wearers) to gently wipe off excess dirt or dust on each side of your coin without making contact with its face (where words may be inscribed). You could also use compressed air through a soft cloth/tissue paper instead (if possible).
  • If possible, store them upright in an enclosed container made out of glass or acrylic plastic so they’re visible while protecting them from environmental factors such as moisture levels inside whatever room they’re stored in; otherwise, store them horizontally on top of each other with cardboard between each layer, so air circulation flows freely around all sides without touching any surfaces directly.”

Wear Gloves When Handling Your Coins

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Wear gloves when handling your coins. There are several reasons why you should do this.

First, it protects your coins from fingerprints and other oils on your skin that can leave streaks on the surface of a coin and even affect its value.

Second, wearing gloves helps to keep foreign elements like dust off of them as well—and if you have asthma or some other allergy condition, keeping dust out of the air is always good for you!

Finally, wearing gloves will also keep harmful chemicals away from your collection: many cleaners and polishes contain acids that can tarnish the surface of valuable gold or silver coins over time.

Keep Your Coin Collection Away from Curious Children and Pets

Because coin collecting is a hobby with many of the same risks as any other hobby, it is important to take precautions with your collection.

One of the most obvious safety measures is to keep it away from children and pets.

Children are naturally curious and may be tempted to pick up loose coins they have left.

Pets can be even more destructive since they will likely chew on any soft materials in your home—including coins!

When storing your collection at home, try not to keep it in an area where there are lots of people walking by or where someone could easily see into the space where your coins are kept.

This can make you feel uncomfortable if you have valuable items stolen without knowing about them until after they’re gone!

Keeping a collection out in plain sight also makes it easy for thieves who come across them while searching for valuables (like me!).

Before you go…

It’s important to keep your coin collection safe and in good condition. If you follow these tips, you can ensure that your coins will last a long time and retain their value.

Check out my next article: “How to Store Coins in Bulk?

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