There are some cases when a person will do something to help him get away from the stress his or her work gives. Picking up and having a hobby is one of the best ways to relieve yourself from stress. Some people start collecting items like coins, stamps or key chains as their hobby. However, for some people who like travelling and playing or watching sports, they start collecting different kinds of custom coins.
When you start to buy, collect, sell, and trade custom coins, you will also meet different collectors and enthusiasts. Some collectors follow a certain theme in collecting custom coins like the ones being sold and can also be acquired in different amusement parks, like Disneyland or Universal Studios. Different sports events, like the World Cup or the World Olympus, which are made every year, also have special coins where the name and the logo of the event is embossed directly into the coin as well as the different teams participating in the event.
Trading coins is another way that a collector or enthusiast can do in order to acquire different coins for his collection. When trading with a fellow coin collector or coin enthusiast, the agreement between both parties must be met first before the coin trading can take place. If the traders live far away from each other, then, they can exchange messages using emails or message boards (also known as forums).
As it is with any other hobby connected with trading, limited edition custom coins are the most anticipated ones. These kinds of coins are the ones made with limited numbers only and are usually available on a limited time as well. Other kinds of rare coins are those especially made for major event sponsors and are not made again afterwards.
Custom coins, just like any other thing collected and being given importance, should always be kept in their pristine conditions in order to preserve their value. In contrast to what other thinks, cleaning these coins should be left to the hands of the professionals. Cleaning a coin by yourself may ruin the coin’s numismatic and trading value. However, at times that you cannot stop yourself from cleaning your coins, here are some things to keep in mind in order to minimize any damage that you might do to your coins:
1. Soak the coins in a solution made of warm water and mild soap (It can be hand soap or dishwashing soap with no harsh chemicals.) to safely remove any debris, dirt, mud or any other substances sticking to the coin’s surface. You may also opt to use any olive oil variant as soaking solution. Olive oil is mild enough for any coins but tough in removing any stain in the coin. Also, avoid using any silver polisher, tarnish remover or jewellery cleaner in cleaning your coins. These solutions have harsh and strong chemical content which will further damage your coins.
2. Do not use any brush (whether it is soft-bristled or hard-bristled) or cloth in cleaning your coins. These may scratch the surface of the coins. In cleaning your coin, use your hands. Gently scrub the coin’s surface using your fingers until all the dirt sticking onto the coin’s surface is removed.
3. After soaking and removing the dirt, mud or any substances on the coin’s surface, rinse it under cold, running water. Always remember that the stronger the water’s current is, the better it is in rinsing the coins. Once you are done and it is the final rinsing, use cold, distilled water.
4. Do not blow dry your coins. Line them under a soft cloth or kitchen paper towel to allow them to dry after washing.