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Does anyone here use Intercept shield albums for their coins? I purchased an intercept shield Lincoln cent album and am somewhat concerned that the openings for the coins are not snug but rather loose. So much so that the coins drop in with no force whatsoever. My concern is that if the coins are loose enough to slide back and forth a small amount they may over time develop some rub on the high points. Is this a valid concern or are all of their albums like this?

My inclination is to just purchase a new album like a Dansco which most of the remainder of my raw collection resides in. I'm curious as well if anyone has any experience with RD cents in a Dansco over several years. Did they start to turn RB? This was my reasoning for buying an intercept album in the first place, keeping red Lincoln cents red.

Any advice? Thanks in advance.


  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,038 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Was it a used album? Never had an Intercept product, but most everything else and all were tight as could be. Never loose.

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  • bagofnickelsbagofnickels Posts: 347 ✭✭✭✭

    @jesbroken said:
    Was it a used album? Never had an Intercept product, but most everything else and all were tight as could be. Never loose.

    It was sold as new and came from a rather reputable seller.

  • I never used Intercept, but if you want a similar benefit, w/o coins jangling around, put in some other archival book, and add in copper sheets/foil (not too thin if you want to reuse them) into the book. Give the copper sheets a good scrub down, and repeat whenever you notice any reaction in them. They'll help trap sulphur vs it hopefully hitting coins. The newly exposed surface of scrubbed down copper will be hit first order.

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,621 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have and use several of the IS albums including a wheat cent album. Never had a problem with the coins being loose in my album, but I bought this album at least ten years ago. I have not noticed any problems with the coins in the IS album changing color. However, like with all my storage, I always use several desiccant packets around all my albums and even the IS double protection boxes that I store my certified copper coins in.

    I do also have an even older Dansco cent album and have notice some minor mellowing and change in color for those cents; but I live in a hot dry area which also helps my storage. If you live in a humid part of the world keeping red copper red will be an ongoing battle.

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  • The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For Lincoln Cents I would recommend you go with Dansco, unless you need something more specialized for the set you're building.

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  • winestevenwinesteven Posts: 3,987 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 25, 2024 9:10PM

    Is it possible the Lincoln cents you purchase are those with the narrower diameters, which is why they’re loose in a normal Lincoln album? 😆


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  • bagofnickelsbagofnickels Posts: 347 ✭✭✭✭

    I really appreciate the input folks. I think I may keep my eyes open for a Lincoln Dansco. I'm not sure if openings being loose is a defect or what. But the coins rattling around in there can't be good. Better to make the switch now before the album has some of the more scarce dates.

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