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cocollectibles
02 Sep 2013
09:54:27am
Okay, don't kill the messenger as this has nothing to do with stamps, but if you are as diverse a collector as I am, it is likely you have a coin collection too.

I have about 600 old British Pennies and about 100 smaller sized worldwide coins. Can anyone recommend specific brands of coin pages and albums? Right now I'm storing them in clear flips in a box.

Thanks.

Peter
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02 Sep 2013
06:24:57pm
re: Coin albums: recommendations?

Peter,

It's hard to answer your question without knowing how you want to organize things. If you have a lot of coins of the same size to put together, I would suggest a Dansco album with millimeter pages. They have plastic viewing ports on both sides so the coins are protected from being touched and it keeps the air out. I also use the album covers to provide additional protection against environmental damage.

If you have coins of various sizes to intermix, placing them in 2x2s in an Eagle album with 2x2 holders would work well. I have also taken 2x2 clear flips and used an impulse sealer to seal in the coin. One flip can be used for a coin and a label, or cut and used for two coins. You can use 2.5x2.5 flips, too.

View my coin collection online and you can see how I used the various products:
http://www.larsdog.com/coins

Click on "Albums" to see them. The "Miscellaneous" link will take you to a page with a link to Dansco and Eagle.

Lars

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cocollectibles
02 Sep 2013
08:47:54pm
re: Coin albums: recommendations?

Wow, Lars! You continue to surprise me!! That is not only an impressive coin collection itself, but great web page too.

I have about 600 old GB coins from 1700s through QV reign as my "primary" collection (this is still a distance second to my stamps and space photo collections), but I also have several dozen assorted sized coins from other countries. I may sell those in bulk one of these days, so I'm really looking for something for my primary coin collection. The albums you show seem to have precut holes sized for US coinage; do you know if they make anything for British penny sizes that would be about the size of a Morgan dollar, or half-pennies which about the size of a US quarter?

Cheers,
Peter

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02 Sep 2013
11:01:13pm
re: Coin albums: recommendations?

Peter,

That's why I recommended millimeter pages. Let me explain what that is:

You can buy Dansco pages that are made for a specific US denomination (dimes, quarters, etc.) OR you can buy what is called millimeter pages. Those you just specify how big the opening needs to be in millimeters. Here is the page on the store web site:

http://www.danscoalbumstore.com/dansco-pages-millimeter-pages-c-100_120.html

This is a Dansco Reseller. The owner, Wes Komka, is super nice and helpful. He can tell you what size binder you will need based on the number of pages and the proper slipcase for that binder. Once you THINK you know what you want, send him an email and ask if he would suggest anything different. He's been very helpful to me.

I used millimeter pages in a few instances in my "Non-Satin" albums simply because there were fewer ports to blank out. I even discuss some of the finer points of how to label the binders and pages on my "Non Satin" album page.

It's important to get the size right. I tried a 31mm page for Kennedy halves and they were almost swimming in the ports. I went to 30mm and they were just as snug as could be. When I measure a Kennedy half with my trusty Scott Multi-Gauge I read a diameter of 30.5mm, so round down to the nearest MM.

Good luck!

Lars

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cocollectibles
03 Sep 2013
08:19:57am
re: Coin albums: recommendations?

Thanks Lars! Very helpful!!

Cheers,
Peter

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