Can I Use Something Other Than Nitrile Gloves for CRH?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by CaptainMac, May 23, 2020.

  1. CaptainMac

    CaptainMac Gotta Love Those Errors!

    Hey guys,

    So with it being harder to get nitrile gloves now, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on something else to use for CHR and other things like that for the time being? I was thinking that gardening gloves or something along those lines may work, if they are thin enough, but I did not know if the different glove materials could possibly damage the coin with some being more rough than others. There are probably other solutions, but I just can't think of any at the moment.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry about damaging a coin with gloves if you are CRHing. What you are digging through has already been banged around and handled a lot rougher during its life in circulation.
     
  4. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    For CRH, why use anything? Just wash your hands before and after.
     
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I used to do that but I eventually started to develop a hypersensitivity to the metal. My hands would break out in a rash during/after searching a box of cents. Didn't matter how well I scrubbed with soap and water afterwards. Switched to nitrile gloves and have had zero issues since.
     
  6. CaptainMac

    CaptainMac Gotta Love Those Errors!

    I worry about getting fingerprints on a good coin if I find one, and it affecting it later on. Before I did not use any gloves, but then I had heard about the fingerprint issue and reconsidered. I get that it has been through circulation, but sometimes they can still be in very good shape. It's also dirty so it helps with that also haha.
     
  7. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry to hear that. When I was working at 3M our cleanroom attire included nitrile gloves but we had thin cotton gloves many people wore under them. Just the cotton would probably work pretty well.
     
  8. Kentucky

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    Fingerprints on a potentially valuable coin can be removed with an acetone rinse if they are fresh.
     
  9. CaptainMac

    CaptainMac Gotta Love Those Errors!

    And this doesn't ruin the coin's original luster?
     
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  10. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    No.
     
  11. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Acetone, water, xylene, any pure solvent will not affect original luster...as a matter of fact, an acetone bath can enhance luster.
     
  12. CaptainMac

    CaptainMac Gotta Love Those Errors!

    Ah ok, that is good to know. Thanks!
     
  13. CaptainMac

    CaptainMac Gotta Love Those Errors!

    That is very good to know! I was always afraid to try this with any coin because I was afraid it would devalue it. Thanks for the info!
     
  14. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Just be sure to use the pure stuff. Not fingernail polish remover.
     
  15. Kentucky

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    Just recently I bought a Morgan dollar that was a good strike and at least a strong AU but was dull. I washed my hands and placed the coin in the sink and let hot water run over it for ~1 minute and then gave it an hour or so soak in acetone...perked it right up.
     
  16. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Your hands are all you need. If you find something of value, just give it an acetone bath.
     
  17. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    E-bay under "cotton gloves" in the coins section...lots more listings
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  18. Insider

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    Some collectors can get dermatitis handling coins. If you are not sensitive, ditch the gloves.

    Oh, and good luck with your searches.

    PS In fifty years, I've never seen a pair of gloves in a grading room. Oh, except at picture taking time for the "new" brochure. :D

    Gloves are often necessary for conservation - all depends on what you are up to.
     
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  19. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Whelp that's me. I'm a delicate flower :rolleyes:
     
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  20. Insider

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    At one time I worked with a grader who developed an extremely bad case of flaky hands after several decades handling nickel coins.
     
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  21. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Other denominations don't bother me. Just cents. I imagine it has something to do with the copper. I've read about nickel allergies as well.
     
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