It doesn’t matter what is your reason for collecting coins. If you want your collection to be valuable, you have to take the right care of your coins. We already have been talking about how to treat your coins in order to keep them clean, avoid marks, scratches or rusts. Any coin collector knows that their coins will always be worth more if they are in good condition, as a result, now the question is where to store your treasure.
Proper coin storage will protect coins from damage and preserve their aesthetic appeal as well as the monetary value. In order to avoid any damaging environmental factors, we highly recommend not to throw your collection in a box of shoes. So, here are some tips to store your coins safely.
Albums, Cases and Folders
The most popular way to store your coins is to keep them in a special folder. Usually, these folders are made of cardboard that contains slots to hold coins. As these folders consist of sheets, you can choose different sizes according to the units of coins you have. This option is not expensive and easy to use. You can find a great variety of different designs, decorations, leather quality, and brands. However, these folders are good for the coins of low quality, because only one side of the coin is seen. These folders don’t protect your coins, so all items interact with air. There is no extra material that could keep a coin in a place, as a result, there is always a risk that coins can fall out and get some scratches.
Another very popular option to store and protect coins is the 2×2 holders. They look like square cardboard holders made of a piece of cardboard that folds over a coin with a circle of cellophane in order to display both sides of a coin. Usually, there is one size of these holders and it is two inches by two inches, so there is no surprise about the title. If you have some very rare and not standard coin, there are some companies which are able to make a special holder of different size according to the individual orders. These holders protect coins from interaction with air and have special staples, so coins won’t fall out. However, 2×2 holders can be used just one time. If you want to take a coin out, you have to break the staples, as a result, the holder cannot be used again.
The slabs are the best storage option for the most expensive and valuable coins. They are made of hard and almost unbreakable plastic, fully transparent from all sides, and create special conditions that are similar to vacuum in order to keep coins protected from oxygen. Usually, the slabs of good quality are made of plastic without PVC to ensure full protection against any chemical reactions. These slab boxes are expensive and difficult to store as they need a lot of space. However, all coins with high grading and authentication from special institutions must be stored only in this way.