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Storing coins before grading

One more question, thanks all. If coins are in the old blue books, and might be valuable, should I keep them in the books or move them into the paper PVC flip cards or plastic holders. I've already touched them once.


  • PillarDollarCollectorPillarDollarCollector Posts: 4,196 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Flips are cheap and easy.

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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,831 ✭✭✭✭✭

    cardboard holders with the round windows are cheap.

    paper PVC flip cards

    that's not a product as far as I know. I do know that you should not use anything with PVC in it.

    the little windows on the cardboard holders are mylar, i believe

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,712 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For the time being just leave them in the folders/albums. Don't buy any clear plastic flips that contain PVC.

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  • lkeigwinlkeigwin Posts: 16,878 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Leave them in the folders.

    If you want to protect them better move them to little envelopes...paper or cloth, or to mylar flips, the crinkly kind that don't smell like cheap shower curtains.

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Honestly, valuable (or potentially valuable) coins should be removed from the blue folders (especially the kind where you can only see one side) and put into proper flips or Mylar 2x2 cardboard holders. You can easily buy saflips from Amazon and if you ever want to submit anything it’s already in the kind of flip a TPG prefers.

  • relicsncoinsrelicsncoins Posts: 7,751 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Since you likely used your finger to press them into the folder, you might consider giving them a rinse in acetone followed by DI water to remove any oils from your finger. Otherwise your risk a toning finger print showing up at a later date.

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,826 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 2X2 cardboard holders should be cleaned before use since they have cardboard dust on the windows from the manufacturing process and can spot coins over time, especially proof copper coins. You can use compressed air or just wipe them off with a clean cotton t-shirt.

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  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    2x2 Mylar cardboard flip holders would work nicely.
    If you staple the flip together make double sure you flatten the ends of the staples.
    And what @PerryHall said about cleaning the dust off the Mylar window.

  • Tom147Tom147 Posts: 1,286 ✭✭✭✭✭

    OP's title stated " before grading " Go with the Saflips. Preferred method for shipping by our hosts. You also stated you've " already touched them once ". If it were me, I would give them a quick dip, thorough rinse and air dry before the Saflips.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely use saflips.... stay away from PVC.... Cheers, RickO

  • CoinHoarderCoinHoarder Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it was a real valuable coin, I think a good fitting capital holder would be a very safe way to hold the coin until you decide to send it in for grading..

    Do not use the cheap plastic snap together holders. I had a coin move around inside one of those, and it left a small circle mark in the middle of the coin. Also, I had a crack in one, and ugly toning appeared at the site of the crack.

  • Thanks, all, but I'm getting nervous already about putting any type of liquid on them. What would a quick type involve?
    Looks like Saflips, maybe?

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