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.
BUT – Coin 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 Susan L. Maltby , 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?
- What are your thoughts about the Results?
- What are your thoughts about cleaning your own coins?
- If you received this Survey, how would you have answered the questions?
Please leave your answers in the Comments. Thank you!