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Dansco or Littleton - Which do you prefer?

Glen2022Glen2022 Posts: 803 ✭✭✭✭

Some of my old Whitman three-page albums are falling apart due to age. So I've been thinking about getting some new ones. Dansco and Littleton are at the top of the list. For those of you who have used both, which do you prefer and why. Consider such things as ease-of-use (I've seen some albums with the plastic slides that are very difficult to use), preservation of the coins, Do the albums result in toning or not? Consider both as to silver and copper. Do either result in black spots or darkening of the coins, again, considering both silver and copper? Any other reason you like or dislike one brand or the other? lastly, are there any other manufacturers of albums that you would prefer over Dansco or Littleton? Why?

To all of those who respond, thanks in advance.


  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whitman is no longer in consideration?

    One type I do not like... can't remember, but perhaps Harco? that has plastic envelope insert that you pull out, insert coins, then push back in. Never cared for that type.

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  • Aspie_RoccoAspie_Rocco Posts: 3,252 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I personally like dansco. Minimal toning, excellent presentation, and I like the protective slides. They look great on a library shelf.

    I thoroughly vacuum new albums (and used) with the slides removed. This extracts most if not all of the micro debris that can eventually (possibly)lead to spots.

    If using a slide album be sure to carefully and firmly press the coin in to the slot so that the slide does not contact the coin causing slide marks.

    It is helpful to use a firm surface below the page when inserting coins. This stops you from pushing them in too far. I take the page out of the album or use a clipboard below the page when putting in coins. I also use a plastic coin flip or a corner of the slide to press coins into the page as a way to prevent rub/oil/fingerprints

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  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 9, 2023 11:13AM

    I still like them better.

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dansco. I don't like the 3 ring binder format.

  • TrampTramp Posts: 613 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Manifest_Destiny said:
    Dansco. I don't like the 3 ring binder format.


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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,963 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 9, 2023 2:35PM

    I think Dansco’s are the nicer of the two. But I prefer Wayte Raymond/Meghrig albums over both of those mainly because they look cooler. There’s something about vintage albums that makes vintage coins look better than coins in more modern looking albums. But only if you find ones that either weren’t used or only lightly used that aren’t damaged (which isn’t too hard if you dig around a bit.)


  • MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,549 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 9, 2023 1:59PM

    Both albums tend to tone coins placed in them. I have found some very, very nice Modern Proof issues in the Littleton albums.

  • ndeaglesndeagles Posts: 297 ✭✭✭✭

    I am a dansco guy and have been using them for 30 years. When I lived in Iowa, I had some darkening of my copper and clad coins, however, living in Colorado I have not noticed any further toning or darkening. Colorado is low humidity, 10-20% or less most days, Iowa was commonly 80-90% humidity in the summer.

    I have bought the Littleton and Whitman albums for my kid since they are less pricey, they are pretty good as well, but the dansco are my preference and I have about 20 of them. I would recommend getting the sleeves too, it helps keep the dust out and they say it helps prevent toning. Also Aspie_Rocco have all the advice I would have offered, good advice!

  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been slowly converting all of my Library of Coins album coins into Danscos.
    I've also began to slowly collect some of the scarcer albums Dansco used to put out.

    Here is my latest purchase:


  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Manifest_Destiny said:
    Dansco. I don't like the 3 ring binder format.

    I do think Littleton makes the best folders though.

  • OwnerofawheatiehordeOwnerofawheatiehorde Posts: 1,182 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dansco is better, but can get pretty expensive. I got 2 Littleton types and they’ve been great so far. :)

    Type collector, mainly into Seated. Young Numismatist.

  • ldhairldhair Posts: 7,011 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like Dansco the most but wont use any type of album for red copper or proofs. They need better protection.


  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a couple of old albums, been packed away for over thirty years... Not sure what brand, but remember one, for dimes, was red, white and blue.... The other is brown.... I like to look at album sets, just lost patience with filling them long ago. Cheers, RickO

  • Aspie_RoccoAspie_Rocco Posts: 3,252 ✭✭✭✭✭

    P.S. coins make cents is a member here and has good prices on Dansco albums in addition to random coupons and sales.
    I have sourced at least 5 albums or more from him over the years. https://www.coinsmakecents.com/dansco-albums-used.html

  • dlmtortsdlmtorts Posts: 716 ✭✭✭

    Neither! I know that wasn’t the question.But in experience, Whitman album coins tend to tone better over time. Dansco album coins tend to tone yellow. Maybe that is a product of the age of the albums, but I have yet to see an attractively toned coin from a Dansco after 25 or more years using them.

  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Got Dansco taste but enjoy Littleton price and quality Thanks 🙏

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  • bigmarty58bigmarty58 Posts: 1,987 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dansco. :)

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  • coastaljerseyguycoastaljerseyguy Posts: 1,105 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've had my Morgans in a Dansco over 15 years and little to no toning. Maybe some slight yellowing around rim on a few, but that toning might have started from their prior archiving. I think that not toning the coins Dansco would consider that a success with their product.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 26,997 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dansco for sure

  • HydrantHydrant Posts: 7,773 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 12, 2023 11:07AM

    Neither, I prefer Whitman albums.....
    I like blue.....
    Green is gross.....
    Brown is, well,....brown.....Yuk!

  • WALLEWALLE Posts: 230 ✭✭✭

    I like the Dansco, I like to customize either pages for a album, or a complete album to fit my needs.

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,698 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like Littleton best, but have many more Dansco's just because I've had them for 20 or so years. I've got many Wayte Raymonds and Meghrig and I like them for the same reason as @Mr_Spud (nice group) but they are mostly falling apart.

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  • jerseybenjerseyben Posts: 92 ✭✭✭

    Any idea why I cannot locate a Large Cent Dansco album?

  • privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 2,995 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dansco is my preferred.

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  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jerseyben said:
    Any idea why I cannot locate a Large Cent Dansco album?

    On eBay right now:


  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,459 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 12, 2023 4:07PM

    Dansco. I have a Littleton album for wheat cents and don't like it. The pages are hard to turn and the album is about twice the size as its Dansco counterpart.

  • The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 739 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dansco over Littleton. While Littleton's are nicely constructed, they are larger than necessary and turning the pages is just not great. However, Dansco's current production is super limited and neither really caters to the realistic collector who isn't going to stick a $10,000 coin in a slot that will most likely never be filled.

    I am biased and definitely self-promoting, but since I figured out how to build my own albums from scratch, I've been going that route. I can fully customize the dates listed inside the album and help other collectors obtain books for series that otherwise wouldn't exist.

    Custom album maker and numismatic photographer, see my portfolio here: (http://www.donahuenumismatics.com/).

  • silviosisilviosi Posts: 268 ✭✭✭

    Me I use my own cartable and put the coins in my own design slabs. Danisco and Littleton I do not like.


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