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 Posted 11/04/2016  06:55 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Chute72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
After getting a small collection, I sort through them and color code.
Yellow is for silver coins.
Red is rare or low mintage.
Green for needing Verdi Care treatment.
Black for damaged.
Blue is just a place holder for an over sized coin stored elsewhere.
Ink may be applied to the bottom so it is not visible when in it's final tray.

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 Posted 11/04/2016  07:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cool idea for a small to medium size pickup .
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 Posted 11/04/2016  08:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twslisa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What a good idea! If I ever get enough coins to need a filing system, this seems like a great one!
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 Posted 11/04/2016  09:44 am  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What do you mean by "16 characters"?
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 Posted 11/04/2016  10:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chute72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The topic line requires 20 characters, or it won't post.
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 Posted 11/04/2016  11:24 am  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ah, yes, I have been burned by that before!
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 Posted 11/04/2016  12:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nifty idea and one I've never seen used before.
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 Posted 11/04/2016  12:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Padding the topic title with crap is unacceptable!

We have that in place for a reason.

Seriously, use your head.

I changed the title to something more acceptable and it only took me three seconds.

This is a warning to anyone reading this thread. Next person padding their title with fluff gets locked.
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 Posted 11/04/2016  5:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Chute - So nothing is sorted the usual way, by denomination and series, right?

So what color is a scarce/rare silver coin?

And what color is a damaged silver coin?

And so on.
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 Posted 11/04/2016  6:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add AgCoinAu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've been going through all my coins and putting them in new 2x2's... and working on my "cataloging" system as the process goes...

IMO... the "green" ones would get my attention first... I'd give them a good dose of TLC and a new 2x2

Your system is pretty cool though... I like how you can identify some of the coins just from the top view... pretty interesting
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 Posted 11/04/2016  8:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GR58 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting idea. And if it works for you

I pretty much
Dansco albums - first
Then
2x2 boxes - each series or denomination has it's own box
Roll boxes - each series or denomination has it's own box
Slabs - slab boxes
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 Posted 11/05/2016  12:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chute72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was going over a collection I purchased from my local dealer and thinking maybe others might like to see how I do things. As I am unable to attend any shows or club meetings, some of my practices may not be standard for the industry.
I thought I would start a thread on tips, and others might come forth and share their ideas. I even have a few more of my own.
"Tips" seemed like a pretty good title, but the machine said it had to be 20 characters.
Well, maybe it helps to avoid duplication in the titles, or maybe the machine only recognizes a minimum size. I'm not really computer smart, so the real reason escaped me.
And with all the tension and angst in the news, something light hearted and a bit humorous seemed in order. "Tips + 16 Characters" was easy to identify and likely to be remembered.
Now I learn that my chosen title is filled with crap.
And the next tip I had planned to post has little to do with the new title. And likely doesn't describe many of the tips others might have submitted.
I guess I'll just have to learn to use my head.

Coinfrog, this is just a step between someone elses' storage and mine. This new purchase was 1100 coins. It has to be double checked. So far I've found four 6 pence coins marked Denmark. After an evening's work, they go into my "normal" storage. For the most part, I use the Numista system. Countries by alphabet, regime, denomination, then date.
As for the color code, you can do anything you like. I just started grabbing the nearest felt tip markers. In fact you could probably come up with a better system in a very short time. For many coins, they will get an acetone bath and a new 2x2. But a scarce and silver coin could be denoted by making the colored stripe in alternating colors so it looks like a dotted line.
Bear in mind this is just part of my world type coin collection. My US coins are largely filling albums. My specialized collection is mostly slabs in slab trays. Mercury dimes and War Nickels etc. go in tubes.

And for any novice that had made it this far, do not let my numbers discourage or overwhelm you. My foreign coin collection is only a year in the building, and I am on a tight budget. I've had to make some sacrifices and live unlike some of my friends, but the choices have brought me happiness and contentment.

Better go now, I just found a rare bent silver coin that needs Verdi Care.

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 Posted 11/05/2016  08:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twslisa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I sympathize on the topic title issue. I've struggled with it as well. One of my first posts here initially had the title, "My First Coin." I thought that was pretty descriptive, but it wasn't long enough. "My first coin buy"--still no. It eventually morphed into "See the Pretty Buffalo" because I started getting silly. The end result was arguably more fluffy than the first. Since "fluff," like "beauty" can be in the eye of the beholder, now I'm nervous about posting new topics. I could be locked out if someone thinks my title is fluffy when I'm just trying to follow the rule!

Back to your filing system... How long have you used it? Obviously you change out holders after the VerdiCare treatment, so then you'd add new colors to the new holder. Do you use other colors to get more specific than "silver" (dimes, quarters, etc.)?
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 Posted 11/05/2016  12:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chute72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I've been sorting with the color code system for almost a month now. Prior to that I was strictly a "Butter Tub" man. There are advantages and disadvantages to each system of sorting, and I respect everyone's deeply personal choices in the matter.


I didn't really mean to propose a system so much as a tool that each collector might find useful. Maybe you have coins that were gifts from a family that you want to distinguish. Sometimes I mark duplicates that I keep with the collection but will sell later.
If you want them to show, you can mark the top edge, if not, the bottom.

And remember, get those titles right or.
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 Posted 11/05/2016  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Personally I think your system is a great idea.
I have been doing a lot of variety searching the past three years, and moreso recently, and so have a lot of pieces in 2X2.s

If I came up with a color for RPMs, DDOs, etc, it would make things a lot easier to find. But I am also thinking maybe to use two colors - maybe a dot on the left side of the top edge to note denomination and another color to denote the variety type.

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 Posted 11/05/2016  10:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add twslisa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
LOL. Since I seem to have settled on collecting toners, there ARE no duplicates!!

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