In July of 2010, Susan L. Maltby laid out options for protecting your coins when disasters occur. In light of recent hurricane devastation, we'd like to refresh your memory.
Do you use products to conserve your coins? If you do, consider that some commonly used substances are best left untouched.
The second question in the survey asked if readers toned or repatinated their collection. I received many strong “no” answers to this question and very few “yes” answers. Of those who did tone their coins, the predominant reason was to reinstate a patina that was lost through a cleaning treatment. One reader toned his coins to hide flaws.
The results of the coin cleaning, toning and coating survey that appeared in the Feb. 29 Preserving Collectible column are in. First, thank you, to all of the readers who took the time to respond to the survey. Your candor, comments and questions and the kind words about the column are appreciated.
Many numismatists have plaster objects in their collections, whether they be a cast of a coin, an artist’s rendition or a limited edition reproduction of an artist’s original work. Plaster is a form of calcium sulfate. It is made by heating gypsum rock to remove its water, which creates calcium sulfate hemihydrate.
Are Attaboxes suitable for storing coins in a safe? Is the packing peanut that a seller used to keep coins in a tube from rattling around safe for the coins?
This month I would like to discuss the care and preservation of wooden nickels.
Displaying paper money requires using safe matting, framing and mounting techniques.
What is the greatest threat to your collection? The answer will help you decide on what kind of home safe to buy.