The Four Tools That Every Numismatic Coin Collector Should Posses
As a numismatist and member of Numis Network, you should make sure that you have a good set of tools to admire and study your coins. There are four tools recommended by Numis Network for avid numismatic coin collectors:
The Four Tools That Every Numismatic Coin Collector And Numis Network Member Should Posses:
- The first tool is a good magnifying glass in the range of 5x to 10x. If you go any higher with the magnification, you’ll start to believe that the grade of the coin is less than it actually is because you’ll start to see really fine, microscopic marks left during the die impression or something similar. High magnification is used in coin grading by accredited grading services in order to see the extra fine detail on mint state 70 coins to make sure that they are a perfect coin, which takes years of practice to master.
- Secondly, you want to have a very sharp eye for details. Most pro numismatists will tell you, as mentioned above, that it takes years and years to gain the necessary skills needed to grade properly and you can learn to do that by seeing as many coins and grades as you possibly can.
- The third, and most certainly overlooked tool needed for grading numismatic coins is a good light. The best is a table top halogen light or lamp. Light from the sun, florescent lights, and other types of light can make you think that the grade of the coin is higher or possibly even lower than it actually is. Good lighting is absolutely necessary for grading numismatic coins.
- And most importantly, any numismatic coin collector should have a good, protective, and safe storage area for their numismatic coin collection such as a safe that is locked or bolted to the floor because most numismatic coin collections are a legacy that the collector wants to share with their families or pass on to future generations which is why they should be protected as you would jewelry or other valuable possessions that are to be passed on from family member to family member. Another good idea is to have your graded numismatic coins in a slab holder such as the holders provided by Numis Network which you can then put into your safe. A slab holder is great for keeping coins in order by dates, series, and to prevent the slabs from hitting one another and becoming scratched.
By possessing and utilizing these four tools, you will become much more knowledgeable and skilled at determining the grades of coins (once you join Numis Network, everyone will be bringing you their coins to find out what their worth) as well as becoming skilled in protecting your collection for generations to come.
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