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Looking For The "Perfect" Way To Store And Display My Proof And Mint Sets

 
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 Posted 02/01/2017  7:47 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jwm74 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Two years ago I started on a quest to store/display my
proof and mint sets. They had sat in a box for years.
Occasionally, I would take them out and go through them
but found it to be difficult to really enjoy the coins
I had acquired over the years. I looked into many
different systems. With frustration, I even tried to
make my own albums with archival paper.

The major problem I was running into was that most
albums want to display the coins by series; i.e. all
cents from one date to the present. I wanted to
display them by year! All coins from each year on
a single page (or in the case of post 1999 state
quarters, several pages). I know, I want to go against
the grain!

I had almost given up when I ran across (by accident)
a Dansco album/page that did exactly what I wanted;
store the cent, nickel, dime, quarter (only one!) and
half dollar on a single page for four years.
Unfortunately, it seemed to be out of stock everywhere!

I finally found an online coin dealer who had them in
stock. I e-mailed him regarding the possibility of
additional stock in the future and he candidly replied
that he was not sure about the continued supply of
ANYTHING from Dansco.

So the search continued. This online retailer
recommended the Eagle pages that would store the
plastic 2x2s in a plastic page as well as entire proof
sets. Each page has a 4x5 array of "holes" so you can
design the page anyway you want. They fit into a
standard 3-ring binder. Success!

And then I stumbled onto the CAPS albums that store
Air-tites and I wrestled with the idea of spending
over $1 a coin (not counting the album) to store
a proof set that can be purchased for under $4.00.

So for now I am going with the "do-it-yourself"
Eagle 2x2 storage system. What does the collective
community do to store their precious collections?
I am here to learn!
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 Posted 02/01/2017  11:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add acloco to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Have you considered a shadow box or similar?

Kits can be purchased and easily adapted to what is displayed.

Another option, simple glass/wood frame.
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 Posted 02/02/2017  10:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jwm74 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the input, but I am looking for something that looks good
(which a shadow box would) but also portable (which a shadow box wouldn't).

I should have specified an album basis for storing my coins.
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 Posted 02/02/2017  1:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As the quantity grows you will not be able to show them all off.
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 Posted 02/02/2017  5:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Using the year set pages is a good idea if you could find them, but I am also intrigued but your Eagle 2x2 solution. For the record, I broke my sets apart and put the coins in the appropriate Dansco, so I am okay with you breaking yours apart for albums regardless of the final method.
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 Posted 02/02/2017  6:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jwm74 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
jbuck - I was able to obtain 7 of the scarce Dansco year set pages.
I also purchased several blank quarter and small dollar pages at the
same time. I thought I might store some of the more recent years, or
perhaps a selection of one year per decade to display the coin
changes over time.

I forgot (sorry Ike fans) about the 70s flirtation with large silver
dollars (I love large silver dollars - Makes
me feel rich to have $10 in big coins in my pocket) and did not
order any Eisenhower blank pages. Sorry, out of stock at my favorite
online store.

So I hope to find a way to utilize the 7 year set pages I was lucky enough
to snag but worry about future additions.

I have now broken apart several proof sets for additions to a 20th
Century Type album. It is scary, but I love the way the Type album
looks, so I will continue. The retailer I was able to get the 7
year set pages warned against breaking proof sets apart due to a
loss of resale value. I am not assembling this collection with resale
in mind. And how much more can proof sets decline? The first set
I purchased (1987) is down below $4.00.

I now view them, and mint sets, as valuable sources of high quality
modern coins. I want to be able to enjoy and easily share my coins
with family and friends.
Edited by jwm74
02/02/2017 6:39 pm
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 Posted 02/02/2017  6:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TroyWhite to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think Lighthouse makes an album for modern style proof sets.
Not sure where I saw it. It could have been on the Lighthouse
website.
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 Posted 02/02/2017  7:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TroyWhite to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Correction you are right I just looked and it is Eagle that makes the proof pages.
Please post pictures when you start that Eagle album if you can it sounds really nice.
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