Analyzing the authenticity of stamps and coins with a microscope

 

 

Buying coins, banknotes, and stamps is a tricky endeavor if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Even though there are many pawn shops you can get all of these items from, they often sell them at a too high price for a beginning collector. If you intend to get your coins and stamps online, you need to make sure that they’re genuine. So, how can you do this? In theory, you would need the opinion of a specialist to determine whether or not your collection is valuable or not. However, I’ve seen that most of the people who are interested in finding this out are more into the whole idea of making money on their collections, which brings me to the idea that they don’t have a real passion for numismatics or philately. This gets to bother me a lot, of course, as I’ve been collecting these things for over a two decades and money makers are getting on my nerves.

One site you can use is Find Your Stamp’s Value but since nothing comes for free in life, you’ll have to pay for every value assessment process.

Another method I personally prefer is using a microscope. You don’t need a fancy one. You can even have a handheld USB model that can be plugged into your computer or laptop, depending on the device that you’ll be using. Once you’ve done so, you can look at your stamps and coins in far greater detail and see how time has affected them. With coins, it might be a bit trickier because you need to check whether or not they have scratches. Sometimes, the material they were made of might have been affected by excess humidity, and so the color changes in certain areas of the coin.

Banknotes and stamps are somewhat easier to tell if they’re real or not, in that you can at least look for things like stains. Nevertheless, a rookie like me isn’t the perfect person to ask if you’re looking to assess the authenticity of your coins, notes, and stamps because I mostly do all of this out of sheer passion. I enjoy spending my time using a basic microscope to look at all of my collectibles.

As for the price of the device, I don’t think you have to worry about too much. Most of the models that let you use software to take pictures of your collectibles usually cost less than one hundred and fifty dollars. You can even get a used one if you aren’t worried about it malfunctioning in the future. In short, it seems to me that it’s a useful tool to have around if you’re really into numismatics and philately.

Buying collectible stamps online – is it safe or not?

 

I have a passion for collecting coins, banknotes, and stamps. Numismatics has been in my family for a good deal of time seeing how my parents were into it a lot and I was raised next to all of these collectibles. It didn’t take long for me to develop the same interest for the field, and so here I am trying to write an article about how difficult it is to get good collectible stamps on the Internet.

There are several ways to go about things if you really have no idea what you’ll be getting yourself into. One of them is to go online and look for the best shops and retailers that sell collections of people who are either making them available because they have inherited them from their parents or grandparents or they’ve simply lost interest due to the lack of spare time. I know how it feels when you come back from work and are super-busy all of the time. As much as you might love numismatics, a busy schedule can take a toll on you at some point or the other, especially if this is something that you started when you were in high school and had a lot more time on your hands.

To cut things short, I can recommend you some websites that you can use for buying stamps online both safely and efficiently. Some of them are overseas, so be prepared to pay a higher price. StampWorld is the first one I’ve found when I began my research on the topic. Despite its somewhat basic looks, this is one of the most trusted and reliable sellers of stamps coming from all over the world. The admins have also created a forum where people can talk about various issues concerning their purchases or the stamps per se.

To make it even easier for you to find the right source depending on the country you live in, I suggest you check out The Stamping Grounds as this is a web page that contains all of the links you should be aware of if you’re into philately. They recommend official philatelic websites from places ranging from Australia to Portugal. Stamp societies are available everywhere around the world, but if you intend to get your stamps online, you really have to be wary of the seller and whether or not the items have gone through some kind of expertise process.

Collections are also available on sites like eBay, although I hardly think that these online marketplaces are safer than any official ones. It stands to reason that most of the sellers who have gathered favorable reviews over time sell their collection at a high price. You shouldn’t expect to pay as little as five dollars for a good one unless you’re interested in buying any collection whatsoever. This could be a good idea for a kid who’s starting out with philately.