Coins stuck in capsule holder

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by stoster38, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. stoster38

    stoster38 Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to ask if anyone has ever received a 1 oz silver coin, in my case it was a 2012 Panda, and the coin was stuck in the capsule. The capsule is similar to an air-tite capsule. The capsule had a hole in it but that's how the capsule is constructed so I wanted to transfer the coin into my air-tite holder.

    If you had this happen to you how did you get the coin out of the capsule. In the end I had to put the coin reverse side down onto a clean soft surface and used a the handle side of a screwdriver to crack the capsule into several pieces. I didn't see any scratches or other damage on the coin even with a 5x loupe.

    Just curious what others have done.


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  3. Next time try using a hair dryer on it, and it should pop right out. ;) TC
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  4. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Well if your not wanting to re-use the holder you could try this:

    Take the holder, and grip it with your fingers on the edges.

    Take a large plastic item, like the handle on a screw driver, and tap on the plastic side of the holder.

    That's all I can think of .

    If you have any acetone handy, try soaking the coin+ holder in the acetone. The acetone will eat the plastic off the coin.

    Make sure ALL PLASTIC IS REMOVED before taking the coin out of the acetone. Otherwise the plastic will dry on the coin, and you will have a mess.

    I'm trying the acetone trick on a $1 coin right now...I will let you know how it goes.
  5. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Just my suspicious mind at work.

    Once you extracted the coin did you weigh it?
    Maybe someone didn't want you to remove the coin from the holder.

    Just a thought.
  6. stoster38

    stoster38 Member

    Hi Kanga,

    No I didn't weigh it. I got the coin from Provident Metals. I've bought from them before and never had issues so I don't think they were trying to cheat me.

  7. onejinx

    onejinx Junior Member

    Do not use Acetone to melt the plastic, it's a completely bad idea.
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  8. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

    Lotsa luck.
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  9. alldrr5

    alldrr5 Member

    Are you for real? Just when I thought your stupidity had reached it's peak, you come out with this. WOW

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  10. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

    LOL. I have to believe Detecto is just having fun, as most of his posts border on insanity. I'm thinking he's really a smart guy, and enjoys pulling our leg now and then.
  11. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    I'm not being stupid. I have done this before. Acetone won't harm a coin. I've soaked coins in acetone for days with no effects. Several people on here recommend it.

    Acetone eats most plastics. It may take several days of soaking, but it will remove the plastic from around the coin.

    This is the best way, because trying to beat it out of the holder may make it roll out on the floor.
  12. statequarterguy

    statequarterguy Love Pucks

    I'm trying to get two MoD silver dollars that came with the MoD sets out of the capsules. THEY ARE BOTH STUCK! Anyone have success with this?
  13. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Heat it with a hair dryer.
  14. statequarterguy

    statequarterguy Love Pucks

    WOW, THANKS! Worked great! 30 seconds, 2 inches from the coin/capsule and it dropped right out.
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  15. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry, Tim, but even if the acetone doesn't damage the coin, if the plastic is dissolved it will coat the coin and make a mess. Additionally if there are any additives in the plastic, you have now liberally coated the coin with them. Let us know how yours turned out.
  16. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    You're welcome! It works well on really old, tight coin tubes too.
  17. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    I've yet to meet a holder of any composition which would win an argument with my Dremel. And even if it did, I have a Roto-Zip.
  18. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Slamming it against the wall would probably also work. : - )
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