Banknotes Handling and
When handling banknotes, it is
recommended to use a pair of good quality stainless steel
tweezers/tongs, preferably one without pointed or sharp edges. Avoid
using your bare hands as you risk staining the note with oil, dirt
and grime, or in some cases, fingerprint marks. Once a banknote is
stained, its value will decrease tremendously.
To keep banknotes in the best possible
condition, you should use Mylar/vinyl holders which is acid-free and
contain no harmful softeners. Common household products
such as plastic wrap, plastic bags, window envelopes etc. should
not be used for storing banknotes. Most plastics contain PVC,
which deteriorates with time and heat, releasing acids and gases
which will migrate into the paper. This will result in the notes appearing
to have been soaked in oil, or so brittle that they shatter at a touch.
Use only products (such as Mylar and other inert plastics)
which have been tested and approved for long term banknote
storage. Improper storage will result in the note being toned over
Banknotes should be stored or displayed
away from direct sunlight or powerful spotlights to avoid fading. Repairs should
only be made
with products that are stable. "Magic" tape and other plastic
tapes will leave permanent stains on notes.
There are individual Mylar holders
which look like plastic envelopes and are
usually sold in packs of 50 or 100. You can also keep banknotes in regular
paper envelopes but it is not recommended as they are more liable to get damaged
while being handled.
If you really want to get fancy, there
are special albums with associated Mylar holders. Each page
can hold 1,
2, 3 or even 4 banknotes. Some of the more reputable brands in the market
and Prinz®. Most professional numismatic collectors and
dealers use individual Mylar holders housed inside vinyl stock sheets for
maximum protection, handling and storage.