Some Q & A for Coins
authenticate a coin?
There are a
number of factors to consider when authenticating a coin. First,
look to see if the coin was struck in the right metal. If the coin
is struck in a base metal and should be silver or gold, it is a
replica or counterfeit. You may also want to check the rim of the
coin. If there appears to be a seam, the coin is an electroplated
replica. Weight is often the best giveaway. Most coins have specific
weights, and if the coin does not match that weight, it is most
likely a replica.
Should a coin
PLEASE DO NOT
CLEAN YOUR COINS! Just like any antique piece of furniture or
painting, the original surface of a coin is much more desirable to
collectors than altered or damaged surface. As a result, cleaned
coins are worth significantly less than wholly original
coins. Even though a coin is dark in color, it does not mean that it
is less valuable. The metal in coins often oxidize and produce a
wide array of colors called toning. Some collectors hunt for wholly
original coins with this type of toning.