Why do people say that touching the coins by the top is bad?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by True_Man, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. True_Man

    True_Man New Member

    It's so much fun and it feels Sooooo good touching the metal. Why is it bad? I love it.....
     
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  3. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion

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    Well, if its a brilliant uncirculated coin, the possibility of leaving finger prints is very high. The oils or contaminants from your hands can damage the surface of the coin.

    If its a circulated coin, not much more damage could actually occur.

    Folks tend to forget the literal beating that most coins get while in circulation yet, they still seem to survive quite well. Especially the modern cnclad coins which are just super hard.

    Its all a matter of preference.
     
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  5. mlov43

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    Touching the "top"?

    I know 'edge', 'obverse,' 'reverse,' and 'clock position' on coins, but never heard of the "top."

    Do you mean the "face" (obverse) of a coin or the edge of the coin at the 12 o'clock position?
     
  6. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion

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    Well, if its a brilliant uncirculated coin, the possibility of leaving finger prints is very high. The oils or contaminants from your hands can damage the surface of the coin.

    If its a circulated coin, not much more damage could actually occur.

    Folks tend to forget the literal beating that most coins get while in circulation yet, they still seem to survive quite well. Especially the modern cnclad coins which are just super hard.

    Its all a matter of preference.
     
  7. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    Calm down, Skippy, and stop touching it; you don't want to go blind now, do you?
     
  8. saltysam-1

    saltysam-1 Junior Member

    You need employment in a refinery. You can touch all the metal you want.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
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  9. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    If you leave your fingerprints on either face of a coin, the interplanetary police will find you!

    Chris
     
  10. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    Especially one that enriches uranium
     
  11. jwitten

    jwitten Well-Known Member

    If you've never licked a pure gold coin, you are missing out. so much better than just touching.
     
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  12. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those who lick coins are probably in the same category as those who lick windows.
     
  13. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Several posts removed. Don't let a troll , whoever he is, and he knows who he is, and probably we do also) get you infraction points for inappropriate responses. You are dancing his dance.
     
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