Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been in the coin collecting game for a while, you’ll need several supplies to examine, handle, and display your coin collection appropriately.
Tools for Coin Examination
Even if you’ve got a perfect vision, there are still microscopic details that you can’t notice with the naked eye. Using a magnifying tool (between 10X to 15X magnification power) comes in handy to view coins better and observe any faults.
Choosing the lighting is crucial when inspecting your coin’s state. Intense bright lighting washes out a lot of details; on the other hand, soft lighting hides imperfections. An incandescent light bulb of 75 watts is ideal for coin examination.
Tools for Handling
When handling your coins, use cotton or latex gloves. Our skin produces natural oils and acids that’ll end up on the coin’s surface when touching it with bare hands. Such oils and acids will react with the coins’ surface, eventually leaving a mark on it.
Try to always hold your coins by the edges, not by the face—even while wearing gloves.
A Soft Cloth or a Padded Tray
It’s possible to drop your coins on a hard surface while handling them, which may leave a dent. Therefore, you should use a clean, soft cloth or a padded tray when working with your coins.
This isn’t necessary to purchase, but if you wish to avoid holding coins with your hands, or you don’t want to wear gloves, you can use coin tongs.
Tools for Displaying
There are several coin holders and cases that you can buy to display your collection. This includes:
Coin collecting tubes
Coin folders and albums
Coin collection binders
These holders and cases allow you to show off your collection and help keep your coins' quality.