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  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 08:11pm

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    Silly Bullion Question

Hey all,

I just lost my PM virginity, as I have my first silver bullion in posession today. I quickly realized that I don’t know if it’s ok to handle the metal with my bare hands. Do the oils and dirt on your skin have any adverse effect on the quality/purity? This probably sounds silly to the seasoned vets here.

Thanks!

  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 09:32pm

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Hey all,

…………. Do the oils and dirt on your skin have any adverse effect on the quality/purity? This probably sounds silly to the seasoned vets here.

Thanks!

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Yes it does sound silly but that’s okay ( Boy, I’m sure glad I never ask silly questions!!)Wink       Wouldn’t think it would hurt. Silver has been used for centuries for coins, where they would be constantly handled, with no adverse effect. Go ahead and play with them all you want. I do!!!

  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 10:52pm

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    I would store it in a mylar

I would store it in a mylar pocket or  sleeve.  One report I heard of someone storing their bullion in PVC resulted in lots of corrosion.  Some of the old soft plastic coin pockets had PVC in them.  The 90% US coin silver does not corrode like the more pure silver bullion. 

  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 11:46pm

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    Thanks. I would have been

Thanks. I would have been disappointed if I couldn’t play with them. Smile

  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 11:47pm

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    Yeah, I had also read

Yeah, I had also read elsewhere that PVC is a bad idea. Thanks!

  • Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 12:16am

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    You can always use a little

You can always use a little silver polish to make them shiny again.

Travlin 

  • Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 12:36am

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[quote=Travlin]

You can always use a little silver polish to make them shiny again.

Travlin 

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Aacckk!  Not a good idea.

  • Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 02:56am

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    Why?

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You can always use a little silver polish to make them shiny again.

Travlin 

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Aacckk!  Not a good idea.

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Tell us why Ao.  It works for silverware.  What’s the harm if it is non-abrasive and you use a soft cloth?  I’m sure you have a good reason.

Travlin 

  • Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 04:44am

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    e*Z*est

Coin shops frequently use e*Z*est coin cleaner. I’ve used it to great success cleaning up tarnished silver coins and bars.
Most coin shops sell it for around $5, or you can order it off of Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/EST-Coin-Cleaner-5oz-jar/dp/B000YQ6GXU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301028196&sr=8-1

  • Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 11:03am

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[quote=Travlin]

[quote=ao]

[quote=Travlin]

You can always use a little silver polish to make them shiny again.

Travlin 

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Aacckk!  Not a good idea.

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Tell us why Ao.  It works for silverware.  What’s the harm if it is non-abrasive and you use a soft cloth?  I’m sure you have a good reason.

Travlin 

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Any coin dealer worth his salt can tell when a coin has been polished.  It detracts from its value.  By its very definition, every polish is abrashive.  Coin dealers will use a polish like Adam describes to gloss up a coin for the unknowing to buy.   It’s certainly not critical for many coins but, to me, I’d rather have it in as pristine shape as possible.  Even handling them as described above is not a good idea since, if done repeatedly, it leaves its mark. 

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