How To Hold a Coin

Discussion in 'Frequently Asked Questions' started by Speedy, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. poker_prof_AA

    poker_prof_AA New Member

    thanx for the help:rolleyes:
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    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    poker_prof -

    If I might make a suggestion - you should read what you can find by - Clicking Here

    Once you have done that, you will find plenty of information that will greatly help you as a collector by spending some time in this area of the Forum - Numismatic Resources

    In this area you can find the answers to just about any question you can ask. It will help you, that's what it's there for. Of course you can always ask questions here or in other areas of Coin Talk. But check it out, it might even be fun ;)

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  4. luc87

    luc87 Lmcoins

    Hold on the edges.
  5. Logger

    Logger Junior Member

    coin dealer handling coins

    went to a local coin dealer first visit am a newbie. I took some Morgans to get his opinion. He advertises grading for free. Couldn't believe the way he handled my coins. They were uncircs rolled. He pealed the paper off...dropped the coins on a glass surface...and proceeded to 'rifle' thru the coins dropping them on each other and the glass. I have handled my coins with gloves. I wasn't impressed with his reverance for the coin.

    When I called to make an appointment he advised me that I would be disappointed with his grading. Throught he had a negative and predisposed attitude. Maybe this is why he is such a small dealer. Others must feel the same.

    Am I being too this the way it is done? Or just a sensitive newbie!
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  6. gopher29

    gopher29 Coin Hoarder

    If you don't have cotton gloves or would prefer a method that won't leave lint or dust residue behind on the coins surface you might want to consider investing in a box of disposable latex-free vinyl surgical gloves. Just make sure they are indeed the latex "powder free" variety so as to ensure you won't be leaving any residue behind. If you work in a healthcare setting then you probably are familiar with this product. I have tried them and they seem to work great for coins.
  7. USS656

    USS656 Here to Learn Supporter

    As soon as this activity started I would have stopped him, scooped up my coins in a manner that is appropriate and left and I wouldn't ever be going back!!!

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Any professional you ever talk to will tell you to never use anything but cotton gloves. Latex gloves, surgical gloves of any kind are specifically not recommended.
  9. haidee

    haidee Senior Member

    alright, now i have to use gloves to handle my coins... (it's getting weird for me as i read on, i thought it's not this complicated (",)
    but thanks for the info guys
  10. rdo

    rdo Senior Member

    Ok. so what's your secret way to pick up a coin laying on a desk (or floor). I fumble around trying to pick it up by the edge but always seem to spin it around or I end up facing it?
    See, even regular coins I find on the floor or desk may be a keeper for my collection. :)
  11. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

  12. rdo

    rdo Senior Member

    lol! I got an image of a person walking around the mall holding tongs looking for coins on the floor. :D
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  13. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    I used to use them in the chemistry lab.

  14. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    if you find a coin laying on the floor someplace it's not likely that you are going to hurt it any by picking it up. Just pick it up.
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  15. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Are you sure. How about fingerprints on Cents?

  16. Drusus

    Drusus Pecunia non olet

    use common sense people...soft cotton gloves will not scratch metal... you can hold the coin in your gloved palm without harming the coin...good lord...if you dont have gloves, pick it up by the rim...if you have gloves...dont rub the coin with all your might but you wont harm the coin by touching the surfaces lightly with soft cotton...

    In the end...if the coin is heavily circulated, you arent going to do any more damage holding it in your clean hands then years of circulation has already done. All the same I dont tough surfaces unless I have gloves on...
  17. De Orc

    De Orc Well-Known Member

    You can purchase coin tweezers I have a couple of pairs the ends are encased in a plasticy type of material :thumb:
  18. haidee

    haidee Senior Member

    coin tweezers, cool!
  19. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Sorry Dru, but they will.
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  20. Drusus

    Drusus Pecunia non olet

    Well, we will have to disagree. I have held coins in my palm with soft cotton gloves, even held them between thumb and fingers and I defy anybody to show proof that it made any scratch in the simply didn't. Iwouldnt recommend scrubbing a coin with heavy pressure, but holding it lightly in or on soft wont harm any part of the coin.
  21. spock1k

    spock1k King of Hearts

    game on. my money is on GD. whos playing? :D
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