Monthly Archives: August 2016

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!