Coin collection left untouched for 20+ years

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by FromFred, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. FromFred

    FromFred New Member

    My mother-in-law recently died and we found her husband's (deceased) coin collection hidden under a bed. He was very into the hobby in the late 60s and 70s and want to at least stabilize what he had. Hopefully my son can get some joy out of it.
    A bunch are stored in plastic 2x2s and seem to be doing well. Attached is a photo of a 2x2 where the edge split and allowed air in.
    Can I do anything here....or do I just get newer 2x2 or the plastic discs for storage and leave it as is?

    Also...are their guidelines on what I should store in similar plastic 2x2s, paper 2x2s that I staple in the corners, vs the hard plastic discs with the foam rings?


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  3. C-B-D

    C-B-D U.S. Type Coins or death!

    New, non PVC flips. And send us more pics of those beautiful coins!
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  4. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

    make sure those plastic flips are PVC-free. Are they soft and pliable, or stiffer and less flexible? also, any smell coming from them, like a shower curtain smell? If they are PVC you'll need to replace them all, and rinse the coins in acetone before reholdering.
  5. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    What a wonderful gift! I would make one simple suggestion. Moisture in the air is the main ingredient when it comes to discoloring on your coins. Something as simple as a Tupperware container can mitigate a lot of that and keep them fresh for future generations. And I will echo what @C-B-D says..... May we see more please? We are a helpless lot around here and coin photos seem to keep us going.... Welcome!
  6. FromFred

    FromFred New Member

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  8. Geoff Miller

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  9. Geoff Miller

    Geoff Miller Indrid Cold

    Something that has worked well for me over the years is that I store my Dansco albums each in gallon zip lock bags, then the bags are placed in a clean well insulated cooler that was purchased just for that. I live along side the Gulf of Mexico and the humidity is oppressive here seasonally. I keep moisture absorbing material in the cooler and have had no problem with any of my coins stored that way. Hope this helps.
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  10. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    More pictures = More likes

    (to a degree)
    This was meant to be a joke
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  11. FromFred

    FromFred New Member

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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It just toned on the edge and some collectors love toned coins. That coin has great luster so leave as is or put on a new flip.

    Welcome to CT.
  13. EyeAppealingCoins

    EyeAppealingCoins Well-Known Member

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