Toning and Patina -To Clean or not to Clean?

November 1, 2008

Canadian 1939 1 dollar

There are misconceptions amongst amateur coiners that a coin must be shiny and bright for it to have value and appeal. After all, current new coin issues are brilliant and perfect. Old coins however have weathered the world, they may have sat in a drawer or a bag for decades, even hundreds of years. Through this time climate and storage will have always affected these coins to some degree. Coins over time may develop lovely patina, deep rich toning or a mottled toned appearance that can have fabulous eye appeal. Rainbow toned coins may also bring a premium price and are very collectible. This magnificent aging should be of value to your coin, not it's detriment.

Posted by harrisk at November 1, 2008 1:24 PM
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