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DIY 2x2 Coin Safe And Organizer.

 
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 Posted 01/26/2021  11:15 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add JohnWayne007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
For the past couple of months I have been searching for a storage container of sorts that would suite my specific needs and was sadly coming up empty handed. Sure, there were lots of options like binders and little boxes but to me they just seem too crammed and hard to actually organize so I fired up my CAD software and designed my own and printed it.

The safe itself started out as a simple, inexpensive coin/money box that really shouldent even be considered a "Safe" due to someone being able to get into it quite easily if they really wanted, but for my needs it was perfect.

It can house 1 Cent, 5 Cents, 10 cents and 25 cent Canadian coins comfertably without rubbing up against eachother. The lid itself is about 6mm away from the tops of the 2x2's and keeps them from moving from their slot.

As for organization of the coins, I also designed index cards that are 2.5x2 (just a bit taller then the 2x2s) for each era and denomination that go before the corrisponding row of years. One could easily just throw whatever years/denomination they wanted into it and call it a day, but I designed it with organization in mind.

I actually plan to make a few more as my plan was to use one coin safe for each denomination in my collection.



Here is the safe with the old tray that it came with (this isent my whole collection, these are just a tiny fraction).



Here is a photo of the safe at its almost finished state, I was planning to wrap the border/rim with a nice printable vinyl wood grain but I also really like the white.



It can hold up to 156 coins, I tried to do an even 160 but everything felt to crammed. So the extra 6 slots are really just for the index cards, however they could be used for more coins.
Aggressively searching Canadian Small Cents on a daily basis since 2018.

Some of my Discoveries.
1941 George VI 1 Cent DDO http://goccf.com/t/367977
1976 Queen Elizabeth II 1 Cent DDO http://goccf.com/t/373627
1970 Queen Elizabeth II 1 Cent DDR http://goccf.com/t/364301
1989 Belize 25 Cent's with a Doubled Die Reverse http://goccf.com/t/362747
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 Posted 01/26/2021  11:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gymcoachdon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it is safe to say, I like it!
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 Posted 01/26/2021  11:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add acloco to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent idea!

Well planned and completed.

Thank you for sharing.
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 Posted 01/27/2021  12:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cdngmt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can I ask how you made/got the insert to hold the 2x2 flips ?

Thanks
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 Posted 01/27/2021  02:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnWayne007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I think it is safe to say, I like it!


gymcoachdon,
Thank you, I like how it turned out too!




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Excellent idea!

Well planned and completed.

Thank you for sharing


acloco,
No problem at all, thank you for the kind words.



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Can I ask how you made/got the insert to hold the 2x2 flips ?

Thanks


cdngmt,
The insert was made with a 3D Printer after I finished designing the insert in CAD design software, it took a lot of measuring and using 2x2's with various sized coins as a reference to the sizes and spacing for the slots since each denomination has a certain thickness. I found the "sweet" spot that would allow me to use the safe for more than one denomination, along with the measurements of the old drawer the safe came with as a reference as well to get the general size I needed.

No coins will ever touch or rub while being taken out, or when they are being put back in, that was one of my main concerns I wanted to try to avoid. I really dont like staples anywhere near my coins, even when they are flattened so I wanted all of my 2x2s kept away from eachother at all times. They will always stay in place even if the safe is stored sideways or upside down, aslong as it is in the right side up when being opened the coins or 2x2's arent moving from their designated slot.

The 2x2 slots were designed to be slightly loose fitting since I know not all 2x2 holders are the same, some are made thicker or a little bigger then they should be so I kept that in mind during my designing to make sure 2x2s did not need any type of force to be seated or removed from the slot.
Aggressively searching Canadian Small Cents on a daily basis since 2018.

Some of my Discoveries.
1941 George VI 1 Cent DDO http://goccf.com/t/367977
1976 Queen Elizabeth II 1 Cent DDO http://goccf.com/t/373627
1970 Queen Elizabeth II 1 Cent DDR http://goccf.com/t/364301
1989 Belize 25 Cent's with a Doubled Die Reverse http://goccf.com/t/362747
Edited by JohnWayne007
01/27/2021 02:27 am
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 Posted 01/27/2021  05:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You can also use 2x2 photo slide holders/boxes. I had bought some over the years at garage sales and second hand stores. They come in cardboard and metal,works great.
John1
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Searched 5+ Million Cents Since 1971
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 Posted 01/27/2021  06:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a question. You think that paper holders like in the photo above are a good option for storing coins. I've heard that I need them every 2-3 years. The coins in them begin to deteriorate. It's true?
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 Posted 01/27/2021  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver Nickel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is only true if the 2x2 have a plastic screen made of pvc. Most aren't and made of Mylar.
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 Posted 01/27/2021  11:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GMS5 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nicely done.
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 Posted 01/27/2021  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnWayne007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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You can also use 2x2 photo slide holders/boxes. I had bought some over the years at garage sales and second hand stores. They come in cardboard and metal,works great.


John1,
This was my original thought, I started looking online and checking ebay and I wanted to buy 6 metal ones (to house 1C, 5C, 10C, 25C, 1 Dollar & 2 Dollar) but I was also looking for "compact" for storage purposes and the metal slide holders just seemed too thin and wide. Also I had the issue of not being able to find 6 of them that matched for under $200.00 shipped.

Either way I would have spent $80.00 + on only 2 metal ones and the unreal wait time for shipping, just wasent worth it to me.

I did see the cardboard ones you mentioned but they completely defeat the purpose I planned to use them for, I had the safety of my coins in mind and cardboard just seemed like it would not cut it, especially if they somehow got wet.

The one I made has a lock to prevent the box from being opened and tampered with, more so for the little ones to not get into my collection and unorganize them lol.



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I have a question. You think that paper holders like in the photo above are a good option for storing coins. I've heard that I need them every 2-3 years. The coins in them begin to deteriorate. It's true?


Slerk,
Silver Nickel is correct, you want to make sure to use 2x2s with Mylar, not PVC. I have coins that have sat in mylar 2x2s for over 5 years without any issues so it all depends on who and how the 2x2 holders were made.



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A most impressive solution! Well done.


Thank you jbuck! I am pretty happy with it to say the least.
Aggressively searching Canadian Small Cents on a daily basis since 2018.

Some of my Discoveries.
1941 George VI 1 Cent DDO http://goccf.com/t/367977
1976 Queen Elizabeth II 1 Cent DDO http://goccf.com/t/373627
1970 Queen Elizabeth II 1 Cent DDR http://goccf.com/t/364301
1989 Belize 25 Cent's with a Doubled Die Reverse http://goccf.com/t/362747
Edited by JohnWayne007
01/27/2021 11:20 am
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United States
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 Posted 01/27/2021  11:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have one similar to this https://www.ebay.com/itm/Slide-Proj...AOSwHUhaFJTg
I have one plastic and two metal boxes,each hold about 20.
John1
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 Posted 01/27/2021  4:04 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've got a few of the slide storage boxes in metal, the real issue with them and coins, is rust over time, these old slide boxes were made of steel it seems, even though they are anodized and painted I've had a few start to show signs of rust in areas - even under the paint. Joys of Texas humidity. I've got slides in them now, one is all my old mounted coin slides, the other boxes are slides I inherited from my Dad after he passed, mostly old vacation shots. My own slides I keep in archival PrintFile sheets in plastic file totes using the hanging file strips. They were always part of my bugout pile (when I lived in fire country) as I had to think about quick exits under evacuation orders.

I really like these 3D printed ones, you did a fine job on them. Always nice to have some fire protection at least.
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Edited by westcoin
01/28/2021 03:34 am
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 Posted 01/28/2021  05:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A good storage option for your more valuable coins held in 2x2's.
For lesser valued coins in 2x2's, I prefer non PVC coin album pages where you can look at 20 obverses and 20 reverses at the same time, which can be helpful if you need to find a particular coin in your collection in a much shorter time.
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