To Clean, or Not to Clean…that is the question!

This Post will surely stir up some debate!

As an official Club Announcement:  I polled the Officers of Bel Mar Coin Club, and each one said they do NOT believe in cleaning their coins.

BUTCoin World Magazine did a Survey, and the results may very well surprise you!

Here is the Title of their Article and the Author and a link to the Coin World website to read it there, if you like:

The results are in from collectors responding to conservator’s survey

Preserving Collectibles: Hobbyists queried on coin cleaning, coating, toning, patination

By , Special to Coin World
Published : 08/17/2016

Below are the Surprising Results of the Survey Susan Maltby conducted for her article:

NOTE – this is the 3rd time the Survey has been taken, and the results show the changes in attitude about cleaning coins over the years.

1992 Yes answers 2006 Yes answers 2016 Yes answers
Do you clean your coins 75% 60% 65%
Do you Tone or Patinate 15% 4% 18%
Do you Coat your coins 19% 3% 14%

 

These results were quite surprising to me!

I did not expect such a high percentage of “Yes” answers.

How about you?

  1. What are your thoughts about the Results?
  2. What are your thoughts about cleaning your own coins?
  3. If you received this Survey, how would you have answered the questions?

Please leave your answers in the Comments. Thank you!

Summer 2016

Bel Mar Coin Club has been adding new members and seeing new visitors at each regular monthly Club Meeting. Our 2016 Coin Show had very good attendance, and each of the Dealers represented at the Show had favorable comments about the number of people who came out to the Annual Coin Show.

If you live in Harford County, or within driving distance of Aberdeen, consider visiting one month. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm. Monthly meetings usually last 90 minutes and include updates on Club News from the Officers, the Club Treasurer’s report, Special announcements or presentations, snacks, and a lively Coin Auction.

Several members usually have coins or coin books on display, and you will be sure to learn something new about Coin Collecting / Numismatics at each meeting. Bel Mar Coin Club is approaching our 50th year anniversary as a registered Coin Club in Maryland. We are participating members in the ANA, and promoters of the Hobby around the State.
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If you are currently a Coin Collector, or if you would like to learn more about the Hobby, make plans to attend a meeting at the Grove Presbyterian Church on Monday evening July 18th, or any 3rd Monday evening. There is more information on the About Us Page or the Auction Sheet Page. You can also send us a comment on this website, or use the About Us Page to get in touch with our Club President, Scott Schubert.

 

Bel Mar Coin Show for 2016

It is almost time for this year’s Coin Show! Click on the Coin Show Tab above for details and to see our Flyer. If you live in Harford County you might have already seen a Flyer at a local Business or Coin Shop or Hobby Shop.

This year a Representative from the ANACS Coin Grading Organization will be at the Bel Mar Coin Show. This is part of a Big Promotion! The ANACS Reps are visiting Coin Shows all across the Country in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.

ANACS Promo

 

Hope to see lots of new Friends at this Year’s Bel Mar Coin Show on Saturday May 28th in Aberdeen, Maryland!

HOBO NICKELS

One of our Club Members recently purchased a Hobo Nickel from Wils Hobo Coins. If you click on the link it will take you to Wils Facebook Page and you will see some of his handiwork.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The US nickel coin was favored because of its size, thickness and relative softness. However, the term hobo nickel is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations.

Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name.

There is a Non-Profit Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) and they have a Guidebook listed on their website:  http://www.hobonickels.org/hobo_guidebook.html

If you do a little research on Google you will find lots of info on Hobo Nickels. And, if after doing some research you are intrigued, like our Club member was, you can find Hobo Nickels for Auction on eBay and on other sites.

Happy Collecting!