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Kipsley
Joined: 3-Feb-2018
Posts: 130
Hi from Australia. I'm new to coin collecting. I work as a Register Operator at a leading Supermarket Retailer and so I often find a lot of foreign coins ending up in my register, so I started a coin collection of these foreign coins. One thing led to another and I found I had a very keen interest in German WWII coins and very early French coins. But to my question......
I have all my coins in an "Album" inside individual plastic pockets, some look new, at least one is "Proof" (and I have looked that term up) but most are all well circulated. Even so, are "white gloves" required? Should I be using my metal tweezers to place them into their pockets? Should I be handling them at all? And when I buy a coin (usually from eBay) should I even be removing it from that square cardboard stapled pocket that they sometimes come in?
I know my collection is not worth much, but they have worth to me and so I'd like to know I was handling those old coins with care. Any help to a newbie to this forum would be awesome. :)
Thank you.
Collector of Third Reich coins (1933 - 1946), and Australian coins.
auscoin
Joined: 17-Nov-2016
Posts: 156
Hi Kipsley and welcome to the forum!

If your album has individual plastic pockets it is most likely made of PVC which is detrimental for storage in the long term. The square 2 x 2 's that are either stapled or self adhesive are a safer way to store your coins.
cro321
Joined: 25-Mar-2016
Posts: 269
Hi and welcome!

I don't think white gloves or anything like that are required while dealing with circulating coins, these coins are meant to be handled, just hold them by the rim. :)

As for the 2x2 cardboard flips it's up to you and what you prefer, you can keep your coins in a album, in flips or a combination of both. Personally I put my silver coins into 2x2 flips and then into a coin album for easy storage:

Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
Quote: "auscoin"​Hi Kipsley and welcome to the forum!

​If your album has individual plastic pockets it is most likely made of PVC which is detrimental for storage in the long term. The square 2 x 2 's that are either stapled or self adhesive are a safer way to store your coins.
​Hi,

not so anymore!

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
MonaSeaclaid
Joined: 21-Jan-2016
Posts: 991
Quote: "Sjoelund"
Quote: "auscoin"​Hi Kipsley and welcome to the forum!
​​
​​If your album has individual plastic pockets it is most likely made of PVC which is detrimental for storage in the long term. The square 2 x 2 's that are either stapled or self adhesive are a safer way to store your coins.
​​Hi,

​not so anymore!

​Ole
​Which part is not so anymore?

Welcome to the forum, Kipsley!
I don't think many of us use the gloves for circulation coinage, I do if they're particularly good but otherwise just held by the rim, as cro321 said, is just fine.

Personally, I place all my coins in the 2x2 flips. Mylar ones, not PVC. As auscoin said PVC is very bad for coins longterm. The 2x2 flips are those cardboard pockets you mentioned, and I feel like they're the most common form of storage for coins. I personally love the flips because I can remove them from the binder pages and not worry about damage, and the plastic is fine, but strong, enough that I can feel the texture of the coin through it. It's great for viewing individual coins up close, and if the pockets in your binder loosen up then it's not fatal if the coin slips out. That's also where I write all the information I like to have about the coin.

For the tweezers...someone may correct me on this, but I wouldn't use them. Metal scrapes, and I trust my own hands a little more. There is a substance you can get that you dip your tools in and when it dries it's soft and prevents scraping and scratching, but I'm not 100% sure it's coin safe. I'll look into it and let you know if it's ok.

Looking forward to seeing you around the forum!
Kipsley
Joined: 3-Feb-2018
Posts: 130
Hey, thanks everyone. That was a lot of really useful info there. I have just been online and ordered some of those 2x2 mylar pockets in three sizes, and also some of those binder pages that can hold them. I'll buy myself a nice binder from one of my local shops.
Thanks again for all the help and I'll be sure to pester you with more questions in the future. :)
Collector of Third Reich coins (1933 - 1946), and Australian coins.
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
Which part is not so anymore?

Hi,

the modern (since 20 years now) PVC pages from Lighthouse f.ex. are OK. I use them and the coins having been in them for that time are in the same state as when they were put in. Before that, I easily admit, it was a catastrophe, the coins got spoiled, but as said, that's really the past!!! BTW, most of the "spoiled" coins were recuperated to former standard by a bath in my ultrasound cleaner.

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
auscoin
Joined: 17-Nov-2016
Posts: 156
The modern (since 20 years now) PVC pages from Lighthouse f.ex. are OK

Agree with this but many of the albums still on offer, especially through ebay, are from China and are still made from PVC so you still have to be wary.
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
Hi,

I have 38.731 coins in my collection today, the 4 of February, 2018, at 11:30 am. This afternoon it'll be more!

Can you imagine the room I would need for them if they were all in 2x2? Now I only have around 115 binders from Lighthouse to house them. If by 2x2 it would be more like 300-400 in bigger binders.... No thanks.

If you have a reasonable amount of coins, less than 5.000, then why not, but for me that would be unthinkable.

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
Pcoetzee5
Joined: 19-Jul-2012
Posts: 135
I have to agree with Ole, I even remove coins from the 2x2's. The only coins I keep in their original packaging are UNC sets, Proof sets, or Special issue 2€ coins, for example from Belgium.

I also find that the pages for Lighthouse Numista Albums, the smaller Albums, do not bend so much when it gets full.
Ex-South African now living in Germany
auscoin
Joined: 17-Nov-2016
Posts: 156
'I have 38.731 coins in my collection today' ... congratulations on accumulating such an achievement but it appears that the OP is just starting out and is more interested in just getting info on storing his coins safely on a much smaller scale.
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
Quote: "auscoin"'I have 38.731 coins in my collection today' ... congratulations on accumulating such an achievement but it appears that the OP is just starting out and is more interested in just getting info on storing his coins safely on a much smaller scale.
​That's what I said. With something like 5.000 coins or less the 2x2 is certainly a good solution....

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
MonaSeaclaid
Joined: 21-Jan-2016
Posts: 991
Then this sounds like a good chance to talk about storing and handling large collections.
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
I replied to that above. Lighthouse glide pages 'small' and the corresponding albums.

You can of course do it any way you want, if you have room enough.

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
didi83
Joined: 28-Jan-2011
Posts: 88
Quote: "Sjoelund"​Hi,

​I have 38.731 coins in my collection today, the 4 of February, 2018, at 11:30 am. This afternoon it'll be more!

​Can you imagine the room I would need for them if they were all in 2x2? Now I only have around 115 binders from Lighthouse to house them. If by 2x2 it would be more like 300-400 in bigger binders.... No thanks.

​If you have a reasonable amount of coins, less than 5.000, then why not, but for me that would be unthinkable.

​Ole
​Congratulation to your great collection. Do you collect world coins by type? I have 10.000 coins and 40 lighthouse binders
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
Hi,

no, of course I collect by years, mint marks and variants! I have 10.445 different types, but that doesn't really interest as such, Numista is nicely telling me that....

As you see, the amount of binders corresponds well to the amount of coins you have. You're happy with lighthouse as well?

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
Sandeep Kumar
Joined: 16-Jul-2017
Posts: 1
I have a coin book with 120 coins. i place the coins in the mylar carboard flips. And I place them in an album. It gets heavy. I Need Another way of Keeping the coins with the mylar flips
Houseofham
Joined: 26-Feb-2015
Posts: 758
You may also want to purchase a flat clinch stapler, if you don't have one already. It will make putting those 2x2s into pockets a lot easier than if you use a regular stapler that curves staple ends.

Some other "tools of the trade" you should consider getting if you plan to continue buying coins on E-Bay, especially silver:
- magnifying glass
- strong (neodymium) magnet - sometimes helpful for determining the exact variant you got and to detect fakes
- digital scales
- calipers (preferably digital)
HoH
auscoin
Joined: 17-Nov-2016
Posts: 156
I'll buy myself a nice binder from one of my local shops

Once again, being an Aussie, for safe storage Officeworks sell PVC free binders https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/j-burrows-insert-binder-a4-3-d-ring-25mm-blue-jbib432be
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 1992
Quote: "auscoin" I'll buy myself a nice binder from one of my local shops

​Once again, being an Aussie, for safe storage Officeworks sell PVC free binders https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/j-burrows-insert-binder-a4-3-d-ring-25mm-blue-jbib432be
You can't get many pages into a folder of 2.5 cm thickness.... but that of course makes it so much easier to handle:)

Ole

Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
ArnoV
Joined: 23-Nov-2011
Posts: 737
I've been looking for a way to store my coins in such a way that series, with differently sized coins, are kept together, and allowing you to browse it as a history book.

Last year, I bought some Lindner Karat albums, and this is how one of the pages looks now:

The legend page is populated kind of automatically from the Excel overview of my collection.

Here are some more pages from my book, I hope you like it as much as I do:

The last page demonstrates what happens when a country decides to change the main orientation of their coins from medal to coin :(
didi83
Joined: 28-Jan-2011
Posts: 88
Quote: "Sjoelund"​Hi,

​no, of course I collect by years, mint marks and variants! I have 10.445 different types, but that doesn't really interest as such, Numista is nicely telling me that....

​As you see, the amount of binders corresponds well to the amount of coins you have. You're happy with lighthouse as well?

​Ole
​Hi, yes, I am happy with Lighthouse, some of them I have more than 15 years. I am using Numis and Optima albums and sheets. Silver coins I keep in paper holders.
auscoin
Joined: 17-Nov-2016
Posts: 156
'You can't get many pages into a folder of 2.5 cm thickness.... but that of course makes it so much easier to handle'

I agree Sjoeland, depending on coin size, I find that they will comfortably hold around 10 pages but the weight becomes too much so I usually have a limit of 7-8 pages per album.

J. Burrows also make a PVC free folder in 38mm and 50mm but I found them to be too cumbersome.
https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/c/office-supplies/binders-binder-accessories/insert-binders/3-ring-insert-binders

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