Help please! New collector - plastic stuck to my indian head gold coin

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  1. Eod6

    Eod6 New Member

    started collecting gold coins earlier in the year and last month bought the one ounce indian head gold coin. I was surprised when I went in to pick it up that it was shrink wrapped in ugly packaging from the US Mint.

    The dealer told me not to remove it from the package, but I wanted to put it with my others in air tight plastic cases.

    When I cut the coin out of the plastic, the front came off easily, but the back is completely stuck to the coin.

    I tried to use tweezers to remove it. Not working.

    Any suggestions to get this back sheet of plastic off my coin?
     

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  3. myownprivy

    myownprivy Active Member

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  4. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Supporter! Supporter

    Can you return it? I would bring it back to the dealer and see if you can exchange it for an undamaged coin.
     
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  5. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Yes.

    First off, when cutting a coin from plastic as you have, do not cut so close to the coin, as you will minimize the chances of damaging it with the scissors, and it will leave you with more plastic to grab onto in order to peel it away from the coin.

    As concerns dealing with your current situation, if "brute force" peeling of the film away from the coin will not work without damaging it, you may need to chemically break the bond, or dissolve the plastic. I'm no chemist, but I suspect others might recommend using diluted acetone (nail polish remover) to accomplish this.
     
  6. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Supporter! Supporter

    I would use acetone only after exhausting efforts to return or exchange.
     
  7. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Use suction on the plastic. I do not believe any adhesive was used, they would be too worried about interaction. Generally it is a shrink wrap situation. I would try a plastic syringe ( no needle or other metal ) moisten the tip/or surface with distilled water and try to loosen an edge by suction. Jim
     
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  8. ace71499

    ace71499 Young Numismatic

    Others said to try to return it, though i wouldn't hold my breath. As you did go against what the dealer told you to do. If i were the dealer in this situation i would no accept return/exchange for this.
     
  9. losthomer

    losthomer Active Member

    I would give suction a try as said above. If that doesn't work try a heat gun. It's what you use to remove bumper stickers and such without tools that will scratch the finish.
     
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  10. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Heat might shrink it a little tighter. If the suction didn't work , I would put a piece of strong tape across it with a tab protruding over ( you can make the tape thicker with multiple layers ) and then use the tab to peel the packing plastic off. Good luck. Remember you can't remove damage, so don't get too aggressive.
     
  11. ace71499

    ace71499 Young Numismatic

    Another solution could be to get super glue and make a large drop of glue on the side with the plastic. Insert a toothpick within, and then wait for it to dry. Then maybe you'd be able to pull the whole thing off easily.
     
  12. sonlarson

    sonlarson World Silver Collector Supporter

    I once had a similar problem with a CN coin. I ended up putting in a pan of boiling water to soften the plastic. Eventually got it off, but it was not easy. Maybe put the coin in the freezer and hopefully the plastic will contract enough to break the seal?
     
  13. Eod6

    Eod6 New Member

    Ok I am a little embarrassed here. I tried the freezer method first, because it was the easiest. It came right off, but I think a big part of the problem was that I was actually pulling the wrong side of the coin. It was actually the indian head side, along with the thickness of the coin, that was covered.
     

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  14. myownprivy

    myownprivy Active Member

    Great! I"m glad it's ok. Lesson learned for all, don't mess with mint packaging. Just leave it be.
     
  15. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    You're going to end up on dealers bad sides very quickly and get treated very differently with higher prices on everything if you're cutting things out of the packaging and then trying to return it because you messed up the process.
     
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  16. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Supporter! Supporter

    Makes sense.
     
  17. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER" Supporter

    I would for sure try and return it, if that,s a possibility ? trying to remove the
    Film with foreign objects or with chemicals, will leave you open to damaging
    The coin further in which they may not take it back.
     
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  18. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    It’s already damaged if you have to try and remove something that got stuck during trying to remove the packaging
     
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