Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by DISDIK, Oct 15, 2020.
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pages that have PVC in them.
I've bought some older collections that had coins in 2x2 holders like that which were 40-50 years old, and most of the coins seemed fine. Some toned, but they didn't suffer PVC damage or anything like that.
totally flat, where you can run your finger across them and barely feel them.
This keeps one or more of the pointy ends from coming loose. If an uncrimped staple happens to snag on anything and gets bent outward, suddenly you've got a deadly spear just waiting to scratch a coin. Not the coin in that holder, but any others nearby. Many valuable coins have been ruined by staple scratches.
You can use a flat-clinch stapler- coin supply sites sell them- even some office supply stores- but even if you just use a standard stapler, you can always grab your pliers and flatten the staples afterwards.
did sustain damage -- because they were kept in the damp (especially if it was enough to make the staples start rusting), or because there was a hole in the plastic, or because there was something on them before they went in the holder.
But keep your coins somewhere cool and dry, and I don't think you need to worry about anything that hasn't already been mentioned. (I'm not even sure putting a coin in a 2x2 into a PVC file page can hurt it, since the PVC won't be in direct contact with the coin -- unless it starts to attack the staples, which will be in direct contact with the PVC.)
See? Looks good.
Staples look reasonably flattened, too.
I know that it’s hard from the pics, but if anyone wants to comment on the condition (cleaned?), Overton (102?), and possible grade (40?), feel free to do so.
Your dealer uses some big bags. Either that, or you get some big rocks, lol.
Hey, it’s a nickel bag, lol.
and a dime bag
Crimping the staples is a must. I keep a pair of pliers with my 2x2 supply, so it's always handy
But keeping them in a cool DRY environment will also ensure that the coins will stay good for a long long tme.
Oh, the answer is it could be anywhere from 15 minutes to - well, almost never. (And yes Jeff I said almost )
Hundreds of thousands of coins have been kept in those and ruined, depending on how one defines ruined of course. And hundreds of thousands of coins have been kept in those and not damaged at all, depending on how ones defines not damaged at all. And the reason there is such a wide variation is because everything depends on a hundred, a thousand different variables.
But these are the facts we know. The possibility of damage as a result of coins being kept in cardboard 2x2s is quite strong, for several reasons. The cardboard, except those of archival quality, contains sulfur and sulfur is bad for coins. The cardboard also puts off cardboard dust which can cause scratches and or hairlines on the coin. And if the dust gets on the coin and just sits there, it can cause unsightly toning spots as it decays over time. The cardboard can also absorb moisture from the very air and hold it in close proximity to the coin, and that's bad for coins. The mylar offers almost no protection for the coin. It's so thin that the coin can be scratched right through the mylar, or if something falls on it, it can cause a contact mark, same kind of thing if it is ever dropped. And then there's the potential for scratches from the staples.
And of course, depending on one's unique storage conditions, any or all of these things can be, may be, exacerbated.
So the real question you want to ask DISDIK, is do you want to risk any or all of these things than can happen, that have all been known to happen more times than can be counted ?
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