COIN COLLECTING TIPS
There are few people who do not have at least the beginning of a coin collection. Many of us own at least one or more old"good luck coins",a large penny, an old Indian nickel or silver dollar,a medal or a souvenir token. Any one of these items has often led to the start of a large coin collection and a new hobby.
How to Clean Your Coins:
In most cases coins should not be cleaned at all as doing so may reduce a coin's numismatic value. If cleaning is advisable, here are some steps to follow.
How to Decide What Coins to Collect:
What coins should you collect? Whatever appeals to you! There are no set rules for coin collecting but you may wish to specialize. Here are some ways to do so.
How to Get Started in Coin Collecting:
It is not difficult to get started in the coin collecting hobby and it need not be overly expensive. Here are some preliminary steps to take.
How to Handle Coins
Your coins may have cost you a substantial sum of money. Here are some suggestions on how to properly handle them to avoid damage and loss of value.
How to Identify an Unknown Coin
There are a number of ways to help one identify an unknown coin and the following sets out some steps to help you do so.
How to Store Coins:
You have aquired a number of coins and are wondering how best to store them. Here are some of your options.
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Understanding Carat Weight:
A diamond’s weight is measured in what is known as a ‘carat’, which is a small unit of measurement equal to 200 milligrams. Carat is not a measure of a diamond’s size, since cutting a diamond to different proportions can affect its weight. (The word ‘Karat’ is used to express the purity of gold, and is not used in relation to diamonds.) Here is a diagram that shows the relative size of various carat weights in a diamond that is cut to the same proportions:
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