Do you have a large collection of coins but do not know how to properly store them? Then read on and learn the many ways of storing coins, along with their pros and cons.
Step 1: 2"X2" S
One of the most popular types of coin storage is a 2"X2" cardboard container lined with clear mylar. The coin is placed on the mylar, and the case is folded and stapled shut. With this method, the coin will not slide around in its case while handled.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to label, compact.
Cons: Coin may be scratched by staples, the plastic in close proximity to the coin can possibly contribute to toning and spotting.
Step 2: Coin Flips
Plastic coin flips provide a good mean of storage, allowing you to view the coin without removing it from the holder. Coin flips are not air tight, but they are a good mean for short term storage of coins intended to be untouched. Avoid flips that contain PVC, for over time it decomposes with disastrous results for coins.
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, easy to label.
Cons: Coins can easily slide around inside slides, which could result in small scratches on the coin's surface.
Step 3: Air-tites
Air-tites are manufactured using clear acrylic and a non-yellowing agent. These are compose of two sides, which snap together, creating an air tight seal. This method allows you to see both sides of a coin, without touching the actual coin.
Pros: Compact, low risk of coin damage, highly durable.
Cons: Expensive, difficult to label.
Step 4: Slabs
Slabs are sonically sealed hard plastic holders, in which hold individual coins are held. Slabs offer excellent long-term protection but, are expensive and are generally used to store coins greater value.
Pros: Perhaps the best way to store your coins.
Step 5: Store Your Coins
Now that you know the different types of storage, you can store your coins knowing that they are stored the proper way. Also, while storing coin be sure to keep a pack of silica gel with them in order to prevent moisture, which can damage your coins.
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