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    Posted: 28 Nov 2006 at 11:32am
So interesting question here, does anyone have any coins in their possesion which they've had for a long time and slowly watched it tone very nicely over the years? Anyone got any pictures? I have a Buffalo Nickel that slowly began turning golden around the edges in my safety deposit box. Every time I go check on it it gets better and better, I'll have to post a picture for you guys! Anyway, anyone else experiencing this?
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I had one I watched change in the window sill and one in a safe. They turn better in my opinion if they are left in a dark place for an extended period of time.
I burried some old buff nicks anf V nicks but cant find em.
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Originally posted by fitey8 fitey8 wrote:

So interesting question here, does anyone have any coins in their possesion which they've had for a long time and slowly watched it tone very nicely over the years? Anyone got any pictures? I have a Buffalo Nickel that slowly began turning golden around the edges in my safety deposit box. Every time I go check on it it gets better and better, I'll have to post a picture for you guys! Anyway, anyone else experiencing this?
 
You may want to keep a close eye on the coins. Bank vaults are notorious for being kept at a high humidity because they are designed to protect paper & documents - not coins. And humidity causes coins to tone and often even corrode. Once it begins, it can happen quite quickly and it may well progress way beyond what you would like. And if left unattended it can also cause damage and the coins will lose most of their value.
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Originally posted by coldshot coldshot wrote:

I had one I watched change in the window sill and one in a safe. They turn better in my opinion if they are left in a dark place for an extended period of time.
I burried some old buff nicks anf V nicks but cant find em.
 
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My grandmother has a safe and some of her coins are turning a bright gold color.They are pretty though,can't post a pic sorry.
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I have 3 in a cardboard box. Results are spotty...
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Originally posted by GDJMSP 
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<DIV>You may want to keep a close eye on the coins. Bank vaults are notorious for being kept at a high humidity because they are designed to protect paper & documents - not coins. And humidity causes coins to tone and often even corrode. Once it begins, it can happen quite quickly and it may well progress way beyond what you would like. And if left unattended it can also cause damage and the coins will lose most of their value.</DIV>[/QUOTE GDJMSP
 
You may want to keep a close eye on the coins. Bank vaults are notorious for being kept at a high humidity because they are designed to protect paper & documents - not coins. And humidity causes coins to tone and often even corrode. Once it begins, it can happen quite quickly and it may well progress way beyond what you would like. And if left unattended it can also cause damage and the coins will lose most of their value.
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This came up some time ago on another coin forum about banks. So me being a curious person and having numerous banks here in the Chicago land area, I went to many of them and asked about the additon of humidity in safe deposit areas. Having accounts in several I thought they would at least not throw me out if the question was weird. EVERY single bank I went to said that is just not true. Most said to add humidity to one area and then air condition the rest would n
This came up some time ago on another coin forum about banks. So me being a curious person and having numerous banks here in the Chicago land area, I went to many of them and asked about the additon of humidity in safe deposit areas. Having accounts in several I thought they would at least not throw me out if the question was weird. EVERY single bank I went to said that is just not true. Most said to add humidity to one area and then air condition the rest would not be economically feasible. Most banks I checked had the safe deposit box rooms open during working hours so adding humidity to such an area would just not be possible. All banks I checked also stated additional humidity would do more damage to documents than just being dry. Then there is the personal problem. Individuals that can not stand high humidity could not work in such an area and therefore specialized personal would have to be hired.


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Just an update on the banks humidity story. Yesterday I went to one more bank and said I was interested in opening a safe deposit box account but was worried about the stories I've heard of them adding humidity to those areas. The bank officer just starred at me for moment, then smiled and said this is a joke of course. He then went through the same explanations of cost for such a thing and said just not feasible.
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Originally posted by just carl just carl wrote:

Just an update on the banks humidity story. Yesterday I went to one more bank and said I was interested in opening a safe deposit box account but was worried about the stories I've heard of them adding humidity to those areas. The bank officer just starred at me for moment, then smiled and said this is a joke of course. He then went through the same explanations of cost for such a thing and said just not feasible.
 
 
I rather suspect the explanations are because the people working in the banks really don't know much about them. Ever hear of a humidifier ? They are not expensive and they are very easy to install in the HVAC system.
 
As one who has actually built the banks from the ground up, I can safely say they have them.
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Here's some additional info for you about the standards that must be adhered to by banks in regard to records storage that can be found in the following -
 
 
International Standards Organization - ISO 15489.1 Records Management
Australian Standard AS 15489 equivalent to ISO Standard
British Standard - BS 5454:2000 Recommendations for the Storage and
Exhibition of Archival Documents
Historical Manuscripts Commission: HMC Standard for Records Repositories
Canadian FC 311 (M), Standard for Records Storage
National Fire Protection Association NFPA 232 - Standard for the Protection of Records 2000
 
"In a paper storage environment it is important to consider environmental
controls, as it is recommended that air be completely circulated at least three times each hour to avoid mold and mildew developing on the paper records."

"Paper is most effectively preserved at temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with the humidity between 50 and 60 percent."
 
 
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