Storage of Silver

February 01, 2017 1 Comment

Storage of Silver

Special attention should be paid as to how you store your silver coins and products. Especially if you are buying numismatic or semi-numismatic products as it may even affect the value of your collection. Silver will tarnish when it is exposed to air, humidity, and certain metals and plastics. Some silver products may also develop unsightly "milk spots", which is hastened by improper storage. Although unfortunately often milk spots are unavoidable and plague products by certain mints. 

Storing in capsules is the ideal option for storage. It is important to try to get your coins encapsulated as soon as possible to protect from tarnish. If you are putting them in capsules yourself, try to handle the coins with cloth gloves and only from the edges, as the oils on your hands will lead to tarnish. Capsules are great because they offer full visibility of your coins without adding much bulk. 

There are many options for coin storage tubes that will hold your coins, but they must be opened for viewing and not always air tight. 

There are many options to control the humidity, most people use some form of a desiccant in your safe or storage container. Those silica gel packets that are often available in commercial goods work well and they come in multiple sizes. There are also many "rechargeable" versions that can be plugged in or baked in the oven or microwave. 

Sealing with a vacuum sealer or other air tight methods can also work well, but ensure they are not stored in plastics containing PVCs as they will lead to tarnish. 

This is a brief introduction to silver storage and ideas, please keep the conversation and discussion going in the comments. 

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Leon Tucker
Leon Tucker

June 24, 2018

Just wanted to leave a tip on storing silver . I have made my own storage out of the flips which come with the coin . 1st you need to be using the correct flip . If you bend it and the flip cracks because there brittle you cannot use them . You need to use the more flexible flips . Just put the coin or round in after cutting the other half off . Making sure the edges are cut even . Then seal them with the lighter . Takes a little practice but soon you can master the sealing & save money to buy more silver . I also have made them with the Ziploc bags the silver comes in . You cannot use the regular bags that you get @ the store they let air in . Pretty much the same concept cut bag to fit leaving room for shrinkage . This is great for using if planning to take out the silver to show off . Been doing this for a long time with no problems . Peace, Love & Happiness
Leon Tucker / KY

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