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I inherited my dad's coin collection and there are several framed collections (The Presidents Collection,Jefferson Memorial Collection,World War II Emergency Coinage Collection, etc.).  I've been told to leave them in the original packaging or frames.  My dad was an extremely heavy smoker and they are all literally infused with cig. smoke.  Can I remove the coins and repackage them without losing their value?  Can I have the coins professionally cleaned?  Or, being extremely careful, can I clean them myself?

Hi Phillip,

Unfortunately, the news is not good.  I'm familiar with these sets, and what they are is just common coins in fancy packaging.  Most of them will have a value of no more than a couple dollars per set -- the exception being the ones that have some silver coins in them, but even those silver coins will be very common, being worth only the value of the silver they contain.

So removing and repackaging them is not going to gain you anything, and having them cleaned -- either by you or a professional -- is only going to cost you money.  It's best just to leave them as they are.

Wish I had better news for you,


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My strong familiarity with all U.S. Mint coins, extensive reference library, and close relationships with many other dealers allows me to identify just about any coin made in the USA. I receive regular updates to all the current price guides -- both wholesale & retail -- to provide accurate values. So, with a good description or pictures, I should be able to identify and value any U.S. coin you have.


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