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I Found Out My Coin Album Has PVC

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 Posted 08/10/2021  03:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My coin pages came either direct from Australian coin dealers, such as Purple Penny (Adelaide), or my LCS in Sydney.
I have also bought a few from dealers at coin shows, along with 2x2's.

I use recycled trade sample catalog 4 ring binders for coin albums. Occasionally, you can be lucky enough to scavenge side of the road domestic junk piles that are to be collected by the local Council.
Not much of a problem for me; I used to scavenge scrap copper and brass as a kid, and that funded my original introduction to coin collecting.
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 Posted 08/10/2021  04:15 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I still use PVC album pages, despite all of their storage problems, for coins that are valued at less than (say) $2 each, especially for copper nickel coins.

I have some aluminium and stainless steel Italian coins (1 lira to 100 lire) that fall into that category - they have been in PVC pages for years and show no adverse signs. The coins that seem to be badly affected are lustrous copper and brass, silver alloy (especially the 50% alloy British coins of 1920-1946) and for some reason the bronze- and brass-coated steel German minor coins of 1948-1999. The edge on US clad coins also tends to go green... I bought an old coin album from the 1970s at a garage sale about 20 years ago with a mixture of foreign coins in it, and it was interesting how some were affected much worse than others.

There is also a huge variety in album pages - the worst ones I ever came across were some marketed by W H Smiths in the 1980s that a friend of mine bought - the coins discoloured very rapidly and all needed cleaning. (They have since changed their composition and their current pages seem to be PVC-free).
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 Posted 08/10/2021  06:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That has been my experience also,

before I put all of my more valuable coins into either Mylar or polypropylene pages
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 Posted 08/10/2021  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The reviews on the second one indicate that they are actually only 10 pocket. You can put 2 2x2's in one pocket.
That is odd. I wonder if they were shipped the wrong pages because the photo and description clearly indicate they have 20 pockets.


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If it has been known for some time now that PVC damages coins then why are people still peddling this stuff?
Because it is cheaper and they might be okay if you can control the storage environment (low and stable humidity and temperature, no large fluctuations). A stable environment may keep the pages from breaking down. Your results may vary, so I would keep to the good stuff.
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