How do I store my coins ?
This is a question that a lot of my friends have asked me Let me share with you how I store my coins so that they don’t lose value
The first of course is the cheapest option, that is paper folders They are very cheap just pick them up off Amazon which is my go to for everything put the coin in four staples and bobs your uncle.
Theres a slight side effect that the film is not very thick so you may get some handling scratches as time goes on. I used to store them in the rigid surf boxes earlier now you can even get these containers. I picked a whole bunch of them from Ikea at Rs 99/- for three which is almost nothing
The next type of storage for coins slightly more expensive and you dont want any more handling scratches to come on them I use these capsules.
They are of types the first is full plastic which again is airtight put the coin in
Shut it tight and its as simple as that. The plus point is they display quite well, the negative is due to the round shape , they are sometimes tricky to stack
Aluminium Display Boxes
Next is one coin which I want to keep it slightly more you know slightly more better looking. I dont want them moving around like these loose plastic ones will are these aluminium coin boxes
Once again these are airtight once you put the coin in but in a nice container nice way to display it etc so thats another nice its not very expensive and its good its good and you can keep opening the lid and keep looking at it
The third slightly more expensive I think they are not available in India
They are imported so they are expensive are what we call I think penny tubes
These are for coins which are of the same size put them in stuff the top with cotton put the lid
Its completely airtight, I can hear the pop when I open it that shows you how airtight it is very good for coins which I' m not going to look at very often The best advantage is unlike the earlier round containers , you can easily stack them
The last way I store my coins is coin books
Now these have a slight problem , the sheets have to be made of PVC because the other plastics like BOPP Polyester cannot take the load of the coins especially when the pages are flipped so traditionally even now they are made out of PVC
That is a major problems coins which are in there get what we call "PVC poisoning".
In the 70's , my father picked up a whole bunch of these 20 paise sun and lotus coins bought a book put them in there. It looked beautiful
When I became a collector I realized that the coins and the book was slightly deteriorating , but I didnt pay attention
Recently when I was going through sections of my collection, I opened this book and got a shock of my life the coins had turned almost black
I had no choice but to go against my beliefs and clean them the value got slashed.
However I had no choice but to again put them in a book because storing 120 of them was going to be expensive any other way. One criteria was I had to make sure that there is no future deterioration
So I came up with this idea, I cut rectangles of tissue paper wrapped these coins in them and then put them into the PVC pockets of the book this makes sure that there is no more contact between the PVC sheet and the coin and hopefully the PVC poisoning in future will not happen again
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