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Question: How do you store your coins?
Flips   -148 (47.4%)
Cardboard Holders   -45 (14.4%)
Slabbed   -8 (2.6%)
Velvet Trays   -81 (26%)
Other (please specify)   -30 (9.6%)
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« Reply #25 on: October 20, 2008, 10:52:20 am »

I prefer gray 29 x 29 cm plastic trays in boxes ("BEBA" - system), without partitions or sleazes, flips, blisters and all these awful coverings and surroundings some people may add (so not like the fillings of the depicted one).

They are sorted but all together in one big area and i have to take care when i move the tray.

Sometimes i create improvisional partitions by old pencils or flat pieces of wood to separate one or two groups of coins from the rest of the tray.

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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2009, 10:47:59 am »

I have a plastic coin cabinet with 6 trays,4 trays hold 45 coins and 2 trays hold 135 coins.
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« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2009, 10:49:55 am »

and a tray with 135 coins.
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2009, 06:37:01 pm »

coin dealer colin cooke of manchester uk states in his catalogues - "the p.v.c. envelopes sometimes used to send coins to you are for posting convenience only. Long term storage in p.v.c. envelopes is not recommended. Coins "sweat" inside them and chemical reduction of the metal invariably follow. We strongly recommend acid-free paper envelopes.
A keen collector told me that he had stored some of his collection in a wooden cabinet long term and they had toned to a greater extent than the others. Since then he has kept them in lindner trays, on paper detail sheets that were in inert plastic. I dont know if he was right.
There seems to be a general concensus that p.v.c. is not good for long term storage.
Would the wooden cabinet have to be sealed with an inert varnish/sealer if there is such a thing?

I would be carfull with paper envelopes. Another hobby of mine is telescope optics-I grind mirrors and lenses. Paper is used to polish lenses in les expensive comercial work. In short, paper polishes hard surfaces like glass and metal over time. This is the eqivalent of putting wear on high spots
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« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2009, 06:48:12 pm »

Well, truth to be told, as long as the coin is able to slide around against something, it will leave wear on high points sooner or later.  In modern MS-65 world, that would be horrible for coin value; so the rise of slabs....

In ancients, not as sensitive so valvet trays are tolerated Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2009, 11:51:07 pm »

i keep each of my coins in an inert polybag which is then slid into an inert flip. no friction, extra protection, and easily removable. a two-sided tag on the other side of the flip and i'm good.

i have had many of my coins stored like this for 20 years with no significant sign of change.

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« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2009, 11:29:10 pm »

I keep all my coins in "non-plasticized flips" stored inside a box i had made for me a few months ago.  I attached a pic of it, the main box is Brazilian cherry with spalted Birch in the lid, and Oak slip feathers. The top tray is made of Birds-eye Maple and has ten divided sections.  The box measures 19"x10"x10" and is perfect because i keep larger items beneath the top tray where i keep all my coins in their flips.  I seem to be filling it quicker than i first thought and might have to put some of my more expensive coins in a safety deposit box now to make room.
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« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2009, 03:40:37 pm »

I'm using some custom made mahogany boxes with velvet trays as well as paper envelopes and card board flips in binders. Of the three I think I prefer the paper envelopes because you can store a lot of coins in little space. If you need to show them to people however I think the card board flips in binders are a better option.

If I had the money I would store them like they do in the National Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. They use the following oak cupboards from 1784, which both have thin coin trays as well as built-in glass display cases for selected coins.

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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2010, 02:06:08 pm »

I use simple plastic sheets.
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« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2010, 12:02:48 pm »

Plastic or mahogany coin cabinet?

Hi i have my coins stored at a plastic coin cabinet. I tried with albums, but I like to touch and handle coins and for me the most practical is a coin cabinet.

I'm thinking in getting a Mahogany cabinet, but I'm a bit concerned on wether it's better for the coins to have a plastic or mahogany cabinet. Is there any difference?

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« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2010, 01:08:37 pm »

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I'm thinking in getting a Mahogany cabinet, but I'm a bit concerned on wether it's better for the coins to have a plastic or mahogany cabinet. Is there any difference?

I think it's largely a matter of personal opinion.  Mahogany was/is the wood of choice for coin storage because of its chemical stability, aesthetics, and a long history/tradition of collectors using them.  And while plastic would almost certainly be cheaper, to me personally it just seems to lack the "old world" charm of a mahogany cabinet.

Here's a link to my gallery, showing the one I built for myself:  http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=2458

PM me if you'd like more information.
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« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2010, 02:26:51 pm »

Very nice cabinet.

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« Reply #37 on: March 11, 2010, 05:02:03 pm »

I'm new to the forum but thought I would chip-in with my storage methods...

I only have a very small number of ancients but I have collected American silver for years now and I have always done the same thing...

I seal them in p.v.c-free holders and then put them into binders made to hold and protect Magic: The Gathering cards, lol.  Cool They are just like baseball card sleeves, but are slightly larger so that I can fit large silver dollars and a small index card into each section.

One day (those two words have been used in 95% of the posts in this thread lol) I'll have enough room to once again display everything in my cabinets... but I'm living in an apartment in Chicago right now and just don't have room.

Come to think of it, it might be time to kick my renters in Tennessee out  evil
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« Reply #38 on: March 12, 2010, 04:19:24 am »

Seal the coins so you can't easily take them out?
No option.  Grin
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« Reply #39 on: March 12, 2010, 04:32:45 am »

If I don't seal them up, I constantly play with them.  Embarrassed

Storing my coins is only half about protecting them from the environment...

The other half is about protecting them from me, lol.  angel
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« Reply #40 on: March 12, 2010, 04:41:18 am »

Ancient coins in general don't need to be protected. You're meant to touch them.
Every storage system that makes it harder for you to look at and touch your coins is very bad.
I used these folders for a while, with plastic flips in them. These weren't sealed but getting at the coins was
such a bother that I hardly handled them.

Now I use trays, I can easily touch my coins, turn them over, resort them if I like and it's much better.
Coins that you can't handle are useless and for that reason collections of modern coins that you can't touch
are stupid. Yes I said it, so sue me.  Grin

There are a few exceptions, e.g. coins with very fragile patinas but I avoid these.
I had one that was beautiful and not common but If I'd dropped it on my desk I know parts would have come off, so I sold it.
I never would have done so otherwise.
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« Reply #41 on: March 12, 2010, 09:54:58 am »

Currently I have mine in flips in a photo album, but I am looking to upgrade to a tray system if I can ever stop spending money on coins long enough to be able to afford it! Smiley

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« Reply #42 on: September 26, 2010, 04:46:16 pm »

Mahogany coin cabinet with trays, simple velvet lining. I bought one small one from coincabinets.com, don't regret it one bit.

Flips for my cheap Roman bronzes.
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« Reply #43 on: November 09, 2010, 09:23:57 am »

Most of my coins are in flips sealed with transparent sticky tape to prevent them from falling out.

My better coins go into plastic coin capsules.
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« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2010, 09:56:20 am »

Actually trying out gem jar cases.  I looked up what the plastic jars are made out of, and it appears to be Lucite, which is basically plexiglass.  I have found where other good coin slab type holders are made out of Lucite.

I love the method so far!
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« Reply #45 on: November 09, 2010, 10:00:10 am »

Most of my coins are in flips sealed with transparent sticky tape to prevent them from falling out.



PVC free I hope! Smiley
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« Reply #46 on: November 09, 2010, 11:02:12 am »

I suppose I'm in the minority here... I use the cardboard holders.

I collect denarii so I really don't want to handle them too much (fingerprints and such) and the cardboard holders are easy to store in an album.

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I'm still using the 2x2 cardboard holders, but now store them in long coin boxes which contain about 50 of the 2x2 holders. I agonized a few years ago about keeping them in a bank deposit box and after weighing the pros and cons finally decided to store them there. I miss being able to handle them whenever I want, but the trade off in security and peace of mind is worth it I think.

At home I keep a binder with detailed info and pics of each coin.
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« Reply #47 on: November 09, 2010, 11:57:29 am »

Definitely velvet trays. A collection is far more pleasing to look at when it's set in trays than in plastic albums. Moreover, when kept in trays coins are much easier to handle, and ancient coins have to be touched...
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« Reply #48 on: November 09, 2010, 12:19:36 pm »

I strongly agree. Ever since discarding the plastic flips and album pages I look at my coins much more often and derive much more joy from my collection. Taking them out of the album is not much work in theory but in practice I just didn't do it very often.
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« Reply #49 on: November 09, 2010, 02:27:29 pm »

I also agree impuber et alii . A question to those who use trays.Do you wash your hands before handling your coins ?. Or use gloves?.
In case you already wear the toga virilis,sorry for the impuber mention.
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