If you’re thinking about collecting coins, as a hobby or an investment, (A.K.A. numismatics), here are a few things you’ll want to make sure you DON’T do:
Just like other types of investments, the coin market can be volatile. Not every coin is a good investment. It’s easy for new-comers to get taken, unless they do their research and due diligence about the market and their potential coin purchase. However, for those with the right attitude and education, collecting rare coins can be a fun hobby and an excellent hedge against inflation.
You wouldn’t buy an expensive diamond ring from a street vendor, so why buy a rare coin from someone you don’t know and trust? Make sure you work with a reputable, qualified coin dealer to ensure that you’re making a legitimate purchase.
While a coin may look like the real thing online or even in person, if you’re not absolutely sure of its authenticity, have the coin evaluated by a third-party grader. A grader is neither a buyer nor a seller and has no interest in the coin’s market value. You can find a professional grader through the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Some coins come with a PCGS certificate and will be hermetically sealed into a plastic holder with interior labels.
While most coins are not worth more than ther face value, some are worth much more. Here are a few things to look for when determining your coin’s value:
Coins can deteriorate if exposed to cigarette smoke, rubber, paint, textiles such as wool and felt, and too much humidity. Keep your coins pristine by storing them in airtight plastic holders, such as the encapsulation slabs of third-party grading services. Then, put them in a secure place like a bank safe deposit box for safe keeping. Unprotected coins are easy prey for a thief who breaks into your home.
Like your other valuables, coins may be insured, so that they can be replaced or repaired if damaged, lost, or stolen. Look for an insurance policy that will provide accidental damage, worldwide coverage with no deductible. Some policies will also provide a limit of automatic coverage for newly acquired coins.
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