If you are a coin collector, you will want to make sure that you know everything there is to know about your precious rare coins. You will want to know the year of the coin, the grade, the person responsible for the design, as well as what makes certain coins rarer than others are. Most collectors will invest time and money into the hobby that they love so much, and you are probably no different. However, some new collectors get so wrapped up in all of these fun aspects of their coins that they never consider how they are going to care for and protect them.
While your coins are not as delicate as eggs or newborns, you still need to make sure that you know how to care for your coin collection. One of the common mistakes that new collectors will often make is in the cleaning of their coins. They will scrub the coins, trying to get rid of any tarnish. This is horrible! When you clean the coins, you are going to damage them. Only a professional should attempt to clean coins, and then only rarely.
Whenever you touch the surface of the coins, there is a chance that you are going to scratch it or cause pitting. Any damage to your coin is going to lower the value. When you buy your certified coins that come in protective cases, you need to leave them inside those cases. No matter how much you want to touch the coins, don't.
Of course, protecting your coins is about more than just making sure that they do not suffer from any damage. You also need to make sure that you are able to protect your coin collection from thieves.
Most people want to keep their coin collection in the home. They want to be able to look at their coins from time to time – while keeping them in the protective sleeves of course! If you keep your coins at home, you are going to want to take precautions. This means you need to have a safe in which you can store your coins. You do not want to leave the safe out in plain sight, and you do not want to buy a shoddy safe. Invest in a heavy duty, high quality safe that you can bolt to the floor. Don't make it easy for thieves to walk off with your collection!