Well-maintained coins last longer and fetch higher values than unmaintained ones. Custom coins are no exception. Here is how to take care of customized coins.
Don’t forget to include protective coatings for your coins. Coin customizers often offer additional services for coins such as epoxy coatings and metal protectants. These seal the product in a clear but heavy-duty film of chemicals that repel rust and grime. They also prevent paints from peeling off and fading. It’s possible that manufacturers do not include this coating unless you request for it, so make sure you do.
Ask the manufacturer about how to maintain their coins. If they have not informed you about how to care for their products, ask them about it. It’s possible that they have their own specific instructions for maintenance, especially if they have a unique method of creating the coins and they have used special materials for them. Some give a leaflet on how to maintain coins – keep them with you for future reference.
Consider ordering containers for the coins. Sellers of custom coins also offer packages to keep them in, such as presentation boxes, draw-string bags, padded pouches, display cases, etc. Since these come from the company that made the coins, they are guaranteed to fit the products adequately. They may also customize the containers for you. On the other hand, if you buy from a store that supplies generic containers, your coins may not fit them perfectly, especially if you have irregularly shaped coins, or coins with inserts and 3D engravings.
Store them well. You may improvise your containers if you don’t want to buy what the manufacturer is selling. Coin collectors keep them in various containers such as safes, cushioned boxes, waterproof plastic bags, folders, jars, etc. Just make sure that these packages have the following characteristics for as much as possible:
Avoid placing coins against each other or near items that can scratch their surfaces. It will be helpful if the coins are held firmly in place. Cushions will protect coins from being bent out of shape or rubbed by other objects. Keep rusted and moldy coins away from clean ones to avoid contamination.
Avoid touching the custom coins too much, especially if you have unwashed hands. This is very important if your coins have no epoxy covering on them. The oil and dirt from your hands will stick to the metal, which causes stains. It is suggested that you hold the coins only on their sides and never on their faces. However, other coins have engravings on their sides so you have to be careful with those parts too.
If the coins are dirty, clean them with coin-cleaning materials. Make sure that they are suitable for the kind of coin you have – check the label of the cleaning supplies and agents to see what kind of coins you can use them for. Wiping with cloth can sometimes be enough to remove grease. A soft and clean toothbrush can also do the trick for as long as you don’t scratch the metal or peel off colors. Before you use water or any other liquid on your coins, make sure that the paint will not come off after washing.
Another way to maintain custom coins is to record information about them. This includes the name of the coins, what the coins are about, their unique characteristics, when they are made, the history behind them, where you got them, how much they are worth, and who borrowed them. This makes you keep track of your collections better.