Best way to get stuck coins out of capsule?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Gam3rBlake, Jul 8, 2022.

  1. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Learning something new everyday. Supporter

    It’s not the plastic your trying to shrink, it’s the coin.
    Or use some nail clippers to score the rim of the capsule on opposite sides, careful not to mark the coin, then place it face doing on a cloth and grip the edges of the capsule with your nails, 90 degrees opposite the scores. Place your thumbs on the back of the capsule and try to crack it apart.
    But I have to ask, you say it’s a silver round, correct? It really doesn’t have numismatic value so why worry about marking the silver?
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2022
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  3. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    I mean it is just a silver round but I paid a hefty premium because it’s the 2 oz Egyptian Gods series with antique finish so it’s more than bullion to me.
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  4. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    I would try putting it in hot water for a little while so the plastic can expand.
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  7. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    If all fails she can always try walking like this...

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  8. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    The silver will cool much faster than the plastic because it is a conductor and the plastic is an insulator. The coin/medal will contract faster than the capsule.
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  9. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Are we ever going to see a pic of what we’re dealing with? I mean as long as we’re throwing out recommendations.
  10. RonSanderson

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    Some holders have some curvature behind the coin. If you put the holder with the stuck coin on a table, coin side down, you may be able to press on the holder and force the sides apart a little. Then the coin can just drop out.

    Edit 1: It may help to do this while the coin is cold, so it has contracted a tiny bit.
    Edit 2: If a press doesn’t do it, try smacking the holder with the flat side of a book. Not so hard as to destroy the holder, of course - but then it would be easy to remove, right?

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2022
  11. John Johnson

    John Johnson Well-Known Member

    I would be afraid the heat might melt some of the plastic and leave a residue on the coin. I agree with the others that freezing is best option.
  12. calcol

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    Using a hair drier on low and held 6-12 in. away won't melt the plastic or damage the coin. Also consider if you put the coin in the freezer, then when it's taken out there will be condensation on it. Like water spots?

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  13. RonSanderson

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    You might want to experiment with putting a coin in a sealable plastic bag, squeezing it flat to drive out as much air as possible, then sealing it before putting it in the freezer. This will reduce the amount of available water vapor in the bag. When you take it back out, the condensation will be on the outside of the bag, not on the coin itself. Then when everything is separated and warmed up again, take it out of the bag.

    We don’t want no water spots.
  14. Searcher64

    Searcher64 Member

    Who's cased the coin. They would be the people to ask since it's their case. If no name then it will be a little harder to find out. Maybe a sound/sonic wave system could open it. I have an Ultrasonic Cleaner that is a water tank system that I use for different stuff, but much or if any fine coins. My son used it on an auto pistol and it removed the bluing finish to bare metal. I metal detect and use it to clean the dirt and sap off the coins. If I have a silver coin that has tarnished, I use warm/hot water with baking soda in a flat glass container. I place a small piece of aluminum foil that I rub with very fine sandpaper and clean thoroughly before using it in the water. Place the coin just touching the foil and it will remove the tarnish. It may take more than one to remove it completely. So watch it while it's in it's process. When drying, only pat the coins or sliver item and never "rub" it to dry. Then let it air dry completely while turning it over. Some may disagree with this. Good luck with getting your coin out. Semper Fi
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2022
  15. John Johnson

    John Johnson Well-Known Member

    Not visibly, but I would worry that the plastic would heat enough to leave some residue.
  16. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I’m thinking members are over thinking this one. Lol
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  17. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Lol. Still giggling
  18. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Oh a round is a coin. Lots to learn
  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Your funny.
  20. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    That makes sense
  21. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    That’s what’s confusing me
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