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 Posted 05/01/2016  1:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add alienuser to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Greetings All!

Sorry for the windy question. I'm new to the coin collectors realm and came to the Community in search of some information. Unfortunately, the answer isn't jumping out for me so I'll post the question for the experts and hopefully it will not be a repeat.

I'm collecting Morgan silver dollars and have accumulated quite a few. They have come to me stapled in the cardboard 2x2 containers, zip lock bags, wrapped in paper... you name it. I do have a couple of MS graded coins in the hard plastic containers as well.

The question is this: Am I shooting myself in the foot if I remove the coins from the 2x2s and place them in a Whitman classic binder? I'm confident that the move from baggies and paper wraps to the binder is a good move but am not sure about the cardboard 2x2s. They really don't seem to offer much protection to the coin from what I can tell.

A lot of the coins have been "graded" by someone and have hand written notes on the margins describing the condition of the coin (Fine, AUT, XF etc.). FWIW, they are all circulated coins but in good condition. I guess my biggest hang up is that anybody can write anything on these paper holders so I don't have as much faith in them as I do in the for the ones in the sealed, hard plastic shells. Any feedback from the experienced collectors would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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 Posted 05/01/2016  2:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ChildOfTheWheat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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I would keep the coins in the "hard plastic containers" in the slabs. They are worth more money that way, depending on which company graded them and what the grades are. What type of binder is it? Usually the coin binders are meant for people to insert coins already in cardboard 2x2s into them.
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 Posted 05/01/2016  2:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BuckeyeCoinGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Me, I like the 2x2's and don't use albums very much, but if you like the album, go for it.

The 2x2 is minimal protection, probably a hair more than the album but with the risk of staple points contacting other coins.
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 Posted 05/01/2016  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only problem I've seen with cardboard 2x2's with a mylar window is if they get a pinhole the coin will develop a pinpoint tone or carbon spot especially if not stored in optimum conditions (low humidity). I've been using Whitman plastic 2x2's for many years especially for raw Morgans with no issues whatsoever.

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 Posted 05/01/2016  4:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add The Silver Searcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Also take care if you're removing coins from stapled 2x2s.

I was doing that awhile back, and I made the mistake of pulling the coin out under a staple. That little bit of metal put a long scratch into the surface of a Morgan dollar.

Luckily, it was not one valued much over melt on account of a horrible cleaning, but it did teach me to take more care.
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 Posted 05/01/2016  4:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I keep almost all my coins in Whitman Classic type Albums. Not the Folders though, the Albums. I've had mo problems doing this for a long, long time. The main thing to remember, regardless of Album Brand name, is to put them in a gallon sized Zip Lock bag for storage.
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 Posted 05/01/2016  4:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would not put those into a folder/album. They just don't offer enough protection. I'd leave them in 2x2's and I'd store those in a freezer type ziplock.
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 Posted 05/01/2016  5:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GR58 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How many is a lot of dollars. 50 ... or 500?

There are a lot of options. One thing is, coins should be
stored in a humidly controlled environment.

If you have hundreds, coin tubes and coin boxes might work.



As mentioned 2X2's are great, just make sure they are in good
shape. Then they can be stored in Albums.


Or the 2X2's could be put into coin boxes. Made for 2X2's



Dansco albums are popular



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 Posted 05/01/2016  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oober to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really want to protect? Air tights in air tight tubes. Most of my proofs are stored this way.
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 Posted 05/01/2016  8:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add alienuser to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! Thank you all for the terrific advice! I've already seen holes in in some of the Mylar windows as dave700x describes. The books I have look very similar to the ones that GR58 (Fantastic collection by the way!) has shared with the group; I received heavy duty clear plastic inserts that are inserted into the page and they essentially sandwich the coin so that you can see the front an back. Based on the feedback I've received, I'm going to move my coins from the 2x2s into the book and then stuff the books into zip-lock bags as several folks suggested and I'll leave the hard plastic cases alone as ChildOfTheWheate suggests. Again, great tips and advice from all of you; thank you!
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 Posted 05/02/2016  05:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Half to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ooooo good call on the air tights, I forgot all about those!

Now to calculate the price....for science! lol
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 Posted 05/02/2016  07:12 am  Show Profile   Check Andrew99's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Andrew99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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The collection is in your mind. Dispose of your albums and free your mind from the tyranny of holes.
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Very nicely organized, GR58. I am in envy.
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 Posted 05/02/2016  10:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bargain Coin Hunter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would recommend air tite holders for protection, and Dansco albums for appearance.
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 Posted 05/02/2016  11:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have been using Dansco albums for well over thirty years. No problems, no complaints. It is my personal preference.
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 Posted 05/02/2016  12:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you live in an area where there is humidity, be aware cardboard will likely absorb moisture from the air. So if you opt for a storage method in which cardboard will touch your coins, you may be asking for problems.

The Whitman folders (push-a-coin-in-the-hole) caused me lose a lot of nice coins even though I had them stored away (years ago) in a manner I thought was airtight. The culprit was likely residual moisture in the cardboard and/or the glue Whitman used. Quite a few coins lost all luster on their reverse sides.

I have read (not personal experience) albums can tone coins. For silver coins, this simply means they are tarnishing. The colors toning might produce can be beautiful, so some collectors desire it.

My guess (note that word) is albums that tone coins might not be being stored w/desiccant and/or in zip lock bags. Remember even in albums, coins are in contact with cardboard around their perimeter.

I prefer blast white coins, and I don't want toning, I am working towards getting coins with luster away from contact with all cardboard. However, where luster is not the issue, my preference is albums.



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