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My Silver Coins are Turning Brown and Tarnishing. How do I Prevent Rust? Should I Keep Them in APMEX Flips?

Silver coins are laid out, slightly overlapping eachother.

What Causes Silver to Tarnish?

Silver cannot rust but silver can tarnish.

While rust only occurs with iron and iron-based metals, tarnished silver is still an eyesore.

A chemical reaction occurs when silver comes in contact with sulfur compounds in the air. This reaction produces a layer of sulfur dioxide on your coin’s surface, which appears as a discoloration making the silver look dull and tarnished.

Other factors, including moisture, humidity, and high temperatures, contribute to tarnish. Contact with chemicals found in cleaning products can also tarnish your silver coin.

Should I Keep My Coins in APMEX Flips?

Keeping your silver coins in the flips you receive them in is typically recommended. They provide a layer of protection against the surrounding environment, which helps to minimize dings, scratches, and other damage to the coin’s surface.

Equally important is coin flips’ protection against humidity, heat, and sunlight. Keeping your coins in high-quality flips is a trusted way to preserve their appearance over time.

You can do a Few Things to Minimize Tarnish in Your Silver Collection.

Store your silver in a cool, dry place. Moisture and humidity can accelerate the tarnishing process.

Keep your silver away from direct sunlight, which can also accelerate tarnishing.

Do not touch your silver bare-handed. Even with cotton gloves on, avoid over-handling your silver coins.

Keep silica packets or desiccants in the area near your coin collection to absorb excess moisture.

Never try to clean your coins. Leave this step to professional organizations like PCGS and NGC.

Quick Guides to Investing

Step 1:

Why Buy Physical Gold and Silver?

If you are concerned about the volatility of the stock market, you’re not alone. The extreme highs and lows of the stock market often lead investors towards safe-haven assets, like bullion. Historically, the Precious Metals market has an inverse relationship with the stock market, meaning that when stocks are up, bullion is down and vice versa.

Step 2:

How Much Gold and Silver Should You Have?

This question is one of the most important for investors to answer. After all, experts suggest limits on how much of any types of investments should go into a portfolio. After deciding to purchase and own Precious Metals and considering how much money to allocate, one can then think about how much and what to buy at any point in time.

Step 3:

Which Precious Metals Should I Buy?

With the frequent changes in the market and countless Precious Metal products available, choosing investments can be difficult. Some want Gold or Silver coins, rounds or bars while others want products that are valuable because of their design, mintage or other collectible qualities. Also, collectors may shop for unique sets and individual pieces for their collections.

Step 4:

When to Buy Gold & Silver

After considering why, how much, and what Precious Metals products to buy, an investor’s next step is when to buy them. This decision requires an understanding of market trends and the impact of economic factors on precious metal prices.

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