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Question: How do you store your coins?
Flips   -144 (47.7%)
Cardboard Holders   -44 (14.6%)
Slabbed   -6 (2%)
Velvet Trays   -79 (26.2%)
Other (please specify)   -29 (9.6%)
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« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2010, 02:06:08 pm »

I use simple plastic sheets.
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« Reply #51 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 #52 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

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« Reply #53 on: January 21, 2010, 02:26:51 pm »

Very nice cabinet.

C :oongratulations!
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« Reply #54 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 #55 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 #56 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 #57 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 #58 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 #59 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 #60 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 #61 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 #62 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 #63 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 #64 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 #65 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 #66 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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« Reply #67 on: November 10, 2010, 10:06:16 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.

I too collect Denarii.  I’ve been strongly leaning in the direction of a coin tray “system”, but now I’m concerned that this type of storage may not be safe for silver.  I don’t think I’ll mind a little bit of pleasant “cabinet toning”, but I don’t want to harm me coins.  Are my concerns warranted?
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« Reply #68 on: December 01, 2010, 10:20:25 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!

What size gem jars do you use? I like to keep my coins in Kointains, but several of the coins are just too thick. I looked at gem jars, but the smallest ones that I found are 5/8 or 3/4 inch tall. These don't fir into my Abafil cases, and they overwhelm the coins. The tops are rounded and therefore give a bit of distortion. For two of my coins, I have mated a Kointain half for the bottom and the top of a gem jar for the top.
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« Reply #69 on: December 01, 2010, 11:28:22 am »

I have the 1 1/8" diameter ones.  I am not sure how tall they are.  I took the foam out of them and cut it down so the coins would not hit the top of the jar.  I came up with a very quick and nice way to do this.  They look better now than they did before I cut them. 

There is also the option of not using the jar itself.  You can cut the foam insert down, take it out of the jar, and just stick it in the hole of the tray.  Kind of like having a normal coin case.  It looks really nice as well.
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« Reply #70 on: January 04, 2011, 11:40:08 am »

i am another paranoid here. i guess it all comes down to what coins are we collecting. nobody would touch proof coins and most will want to touch ancients  Grin

after years of collecting coins i only have 6 ancient coins so far and even that i doubt their authenticity. i'll touch, sniff, photograph and do whatever i want then put them into cardboard holders. then i'd do what areich hates most which is to seal them in cardholders with a sealer. then i will further box it in an air tite container (see pics). i had to because i want to retain every tiny bit of lustre that still remains and i want it to last. friends can be of a trouble too when they have no specific knowledge and experience on handling coins. if i don't seal the coins, they will play with the coins and eventually one or two coins will hit the floor and i'll get what we called 'edge knocks' (its as if i am cursed that it only happens to uncirculated coins). my heart broke and i got really furious, i mean very! so in no way i will allow viewers to touch my coins unless they're sealed like how i kept them.

well i do agree that ancient coins do not need air tite storage but the fact that most silver will deteriorate over time and physical touches concerns me. I have a set of silverware and its all black and dusty now. i can polish those but i can't polish coins! then i have hoards and hoards of recent freshly minted pinkish copper coins which still have slight pinkish copper shade. due to their quantity i have sealed them in food plastics (not those pvc coin flips material- see pic). some are several years old and still retains that pinkish quality. even slabbed ones will not have that kind of protection. so shiny and angelic, ah  angel

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« Reply #71 on: January 05, 2011, 02:45:24 pm »

Fine for new coins, but who wants ancients that look like that? Much of the interest would be gone if I couldn't handle them!
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« Reply #72 on: January 05, 2011, 03:46:26 pm »

I have a set of silverware and its all black and dusty now. i can polish those but i can't polish coins!

Not necessarily, it is entirely possible and done more often than you might think.  A bit of light polishing of a darkly toned silver coin can result in a very attractively toned coin that is highly desirable by most ancient collectors.

If i could tone all of my silver coins overnight (non-artificially) i would do it in a second, but then again it can be fun to see your nice silver coins tone over time. 

In the end to each his own and no harm can come from overprotecting a coin, only limited enjoyment IMO.
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« Reply #73 on: January 28, 2011, 03:06:51 pm »

Beba boxes with photo archive paper inlays.
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« Reply #74 on: July 21, 2011, 05:40:27 pm »

I use generic Koinpages
I spend a lot of time picturing my coins, so i usually don't need to manipulate them no more.
I just regularly check them to detect eventual BD

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