Thursday, December 13, 2012

What is the Ideal Coin Collecting Storage System?

Intercept Shield
Intercept Shield?
Coin collections are stored in everything from cardboard boxes to elaborate, well-lit museum quality cabinets and everything in between. With few exceptions, albums and folders for US coins are designed to hold one denomination with one opening for each date and mint-mark. That works for most collectors but leaves out the myriad other way coins are collected. Where is the affordable, flexible, expandable, and attractive coin collection system?

Coin albums work great for date and mint-mark collections but make sure they are made of materials that won't damage your coins. Most albums are now acid-free. Some, like Intercept Shield and Dansco Supreme albums feature inserts or slipcovers to defend against the elements. Albums store well on bookshelves, display both sides of each coin, and feature attractive pages with pre-printed dates. Those dates and pre-cut openings however, are also inflexible constraints.

Coin trays for slabs and 2x2 mylar-lined cardboard fold-and-staple holders are often used at coin shops and coin shows. The trays are great for display but don't store well. The 2x2s and slabs go back into their boxes when the show is over.

My ideal would be a set of trays with openings flexible enough to hold raw coins, capsules, certified slabs and 2x2s. I'd give up the ability to see both sides of the coins if I could easily turn them over. While I'm asking I'd like to print my own labels for each opening and for each tray. Anybody know of such a coin collection storage and display system?

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