ANACS now offers professional coin conservation, available as an
add-on to grading submissions.
Collectors can opt to have the coins they’ve submitted for grading
be examined by the ANACS grading staff to determine if any of the
submitted coins would benefit from professional conservation, and then
have them graded and encapsulated.
This service is offered on a “per submission” basis, and is
available at the introductory price of $12 per submission form (for a
maximum of 20 coins).
As part of its conservation service, ANACS will remove PVC,
debris, glue, stains, hazing and other easily removed substances or
distracting flaws from submitted coins, according to the firm.
Techniques for preservation
“Over the years, many collectible coins have suffered from
attempts at cleaning that alter their surfaces and decrease their
numismatic value. As a result, most coin experts advise collectors to
never clean their coins,” according to an ANACS news release. “ANACS
Conservation Service employs techniques that are designed to preserve
the coin’s surface, while removing substances that deter from a coin’s
appearance and value.”
A press release from the firm explains some of the factors in the
marketplace that could lead to a decision to conserve a particular
coin: “The decision to conserve a coin is always made by a
professional numismatist, with an eye toward achieving the most
desirable numismatic qualities of a coin. For example, a coin with eye
pleasing toning will be kept in that condition, while a coin that has
unattractive hazing will typically be treated.”
The firm said it does not offer “restoration service, and, as
such, there will be coins that are not covered by [the conservation
service]. ... Environmental damage, such as active corrosion,
typically cannot be conserved. Also, spotting on Proof coins is
unlikely to be reversed, especially the spotting that occurs on Proof
silver [American] Eagles.”
Additionally the firm will assess whether a copper coin needs
conservation “on a case-by-case basis.”
“Since copper is a very active metal, there are many copper coins
that we cannot treat,” according to the news release.
“Red or red-brown copper will always look worse after conservation
attempts, so we will not treat those. Brown copper can sometimes see improvement.”
Prior cleaning noted
If ANACS conservators determine a submitted coin was cleaned prior
to submission it will be labeled as “cleaned.”
“It is not uncommon for the removal of [PVC] to uncover prior
cleaning of coins. However, the services that we perform will not
cause this condition, only potentially expose it,” according to the
ANACS has set up a pricing structure that “makes it easy and price
effective for collectors to select the conservation option.” The
conservation option is available on a per submission basis, so one fee
covers any coins to be treated in a given submission.
The newest submission forms have the conservation service details
included. For more information or a new submission form, contact ANACS
toll free by telephoning 800-888-1861, by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting its website at www.anacs.com.
The firm can also be contacted by writing to ANACS, Box 6000,
Englewood, CO 80155. ■