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As coin collectors, we understand the joy and pride that comes with building and maintaining a precious coin collection. Each coin holds a unique story and represents a piece of history. At The White House Gift Shop, we offer a diverse range of coin collections that celebrate the great moments, figures, and events that have shaped America. Whether you are interested in Great Moments in History, Military and Presidential Challenge coins, or the Great Figures in American History Coin Collection, we want to ensure that your prized collection remains in pristine condition. Here are some valuable tips on how to maintain and care for your coin collection. Shop with us today!

Handle with Care

When holding or handling your coins, it is crucial to minimize contact with your bare hands. The natural oils on your skin can corrode the surface of the coins over time. We recommend using cotton gloves or holding the coins by their edges to prevent any damage or fingerprints.

Clean with Caution

Cleaning coins should be approached with extreme caution. In most cases, it is best to leave coins in their natural state, as cleaning can often lead to irreversible damage. If cleaning becomes necessary, use a mild detergent and lukewarm water, followed by a gentle rinse and air drying. Avoid using abrasive materials or aggressive cleaning agents, as they can cause scratches or discoloration.

Proper Storage

Proper storage is essential for maintaining the integrity of your coin collection. Invest in high-quality coin holders, such as Mylar flips or coin capsules, to provide protection from dust, moisture, and physical damage. Make sure to store your coins in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Organize and Catalog

Keeping your coin collection organized is not only aesthetically pleasing but also helps in preserving the coins' condition. Consider creating a catalog or inventory system that records important details about each coin, such as minting year, denomination, condition, and any relevant historical information. This will not only facilitate easy tracking but also enable you to appreciate the significance of each coin in your collection.

Avoid PVC Materials

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) can be extremely harmful to coins, as it produces corrosive gasses that can cause them to develop a greenish residue called "PVC film." To prevent this, avoid storing your coins in PVC-based materials such as certain plastic holders or coin albums. Instead, opt for archival-safe materials specifically designed for numismatic storage.

Now, let's explore some of the remarkable coin collections we offer at The White House Gift Shop.

Great Moments in History: This stunning collection encapsulates iconic events and historical milestones that have shaped America. From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the first moon landing, each coin captures the significance of these extraordinary moments. Showcasing intricate designs and high-quality craftsmanship, this Great Moments in History coin collection is a must-have for any history enthusiast or coin collector.

Military and Presidential Challenge Coins: These commemorative coins pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in the military, as well as the remarkable leaders who have held the highest office in the land. From the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to the esteemed Presidents of the United States, these challenge coins honor their contributions and sacrifices. These military coins serve as symbols of camaraderie, achievement, and patriotism.

Great Figures in American History Coin Collection: This coin collection celebrates the remarkable men and women who have left an indelible mark on American history. From George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Susan B. Anthony to Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart, each coin showcases the legacy and impact of these influential figures. Collecting these Great Figures in American History coins allows you to commemorate and honor the achievements of those who have shaped the nation.


At The White House Gift Shop, we take pride in offering high-quality coin collections that reflect the values and heritage of America. The beauty and significance of these commemorative coins make them cherished keepsakes for both seasoned collectors and those starting their numismatic journey. By following these care and maintenance tips, you can ensure that your coin collection remains a testament to American history for years to come.

Visit our website or explore our store to discover the diverse coin collections we have to offer. Start building your own treasure trove of coins and embrace the art of preserving history through numismatics.