How do you display your ancients

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by bcuda, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. bcuda

    bcuda El Ibérico loco

    Hello all just wanting to get some ideas on displaying my ancient coins in a coin tray. I don't think I like putting them in a 2X2 holder at all. So far what I like is to have the information on a 2X2 piece of paper and them lose on top but they bounce around to much. Post some pics and how you do yours please.
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps you could keep them in the tray and then have the 2x2s arranged in a binder or something that matched whatever tray the coin is in?

    All mine are in 2x2s in a binder so I am probably not of much help.
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Same, 2x2s & binders.
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  5. Valentinian

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  6. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

    ..i like the 'from chaos comes order' method..:joyful: coin display 001.JPG
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those displays really make the coin stand out. I love the way they look.
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  8. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

    they are purdy neat and quite can get'em on ebay..(great stocking stuffers too:))
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Stuffing my own stocking :p
  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I use 2x4 open Saflips in Albums so that I have the attributes for each side as I view the coin. 6 Saflips per page. Provenance captured in Saflip and/or customs and other provenance papers captured in a folder.

    Album: Desiccant Pages in front and back; 6 slot open Saflips as 2 x 4; Attributes on front and back in top pocket of Saflip; can flip page to see obv and rev. and attributes on both side for each coin; Each album page separated by 100 lb archival card stock.; Album slides into Archival safe Album Cover. Perfect for my Home Safes as well as my Bank Safe. Easy to view, present, store.

    Card stock gives a background, as well as "padding" between the album pages.

    Desiccant pages in books, desiccant packets in Safes.

    Easy-access active Glocks, Rugers, S&W's program in place. :)


    However the BEST STORAGE, EVER, is how I store all my loose world coins that I have collected over the years from my business travels:

    My World Coins - kept from travels.jpg

    THIS is the BEST way to store them. When the Grandkids come over, I just POUR them out on the floor. We talk about the coins, where they were from. They get to play with them, and keep a few! There are at least 35 country's worth of coins in there that I have traveled. Big fun for me to reminisce and fun for the Grandkids to ask questions! :)
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
  11. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    This question pops up a few times a year it seems and nobody seems to get bored with it. I think many enjoy sharing their methods. I have always been partial to Abafil trays. I print two sided tags to go under the coins. Works for me:

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  12. bcuda

    bcuda El Ibérico loco

    That is how I have mine right now and so far the best way for me, was just wondering if there was a better way.
  13. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    There are sheets that hold 20 2x2-size flips, but if all 20 have coins then you can't see the back side of the coin without removing it. I don't use ring binders but if I did I would prefer your approach with the coins next to their identification, as opposed to in the same slot. Then you can fit only half as many coins in a sheet because half the slots are for IDs, but you can see both sides.
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  14. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    I use those, but I only insert half of the flip with the info into the page, so if I need to see the reverse, I just lift it up.

  15. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Same, half in so I can just flip it to see the reverse. The binders are stored flat.
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  16. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Mine's same as many on CT. 2x2 in binders.
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  17. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Most are in binders, but I do have these two displays:
    12 Caesars Display Case.jpg

    This one is now complete although I cannot find the cuurent image:
  18. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Still working on my system...
    Will be very similar to the Abafil trays shown above.
    I have recently completed a cabinet.. but I plan on pairing it with a binder(s)
    So each page of the binder would have a 5" X 7" merged photo of the coin and
    a 5" X 7" card below it with attribution and some history noted...
    This would reference back to a particular drawer + tray compartment #

    Still a work in progress - I have just sent some coin photos to Costco and picking them up Sunday.. so things may change but I will give this idea a go and improve/change as needed.

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    Open drawers Coins.jpg
  19. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    I use cigar boxes with cavity foam inside.
    When viewing my coins I always prop them up on an angle, each one set up so the light will hit it optimally IMG_3675.JPG IMG_3882.JPG
  20. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Some nice set ups and displays! Below is mine. I am allowed one tray in our cabinet, so the space to display coins is limited. The displaytray is a standing one, which is a nice way to be able to look at the coins without having to take them out. Every now and then i change the lay out, but the principle is the same. The coins are in a plastic holder (4,8x4,8cm) placed in the tray, and a thick white piece of cartbord placed is behind the coin, in the plastic holder. This way the coin doesnt slide or move around much (except for the AP in this picture, have to fix that one).
    Some special coins are loosly places in front of the tray. In holders, either plastic or paper ones. Small acrylic stands allow the coinflips to be placed towards the viewer, upright. Mostly constantine bronzes. Others are laying around waiting to be photographed. New additions which i like to take out the cabinet and look at closely. They will be placed in the tray soon.

    It is getting a bit crowded as you can see, so i need to expand the storage. Perhaps a binder or something, in the back behind the trays. A further idea is to print the coininformation on the labels, which are now just blanco but i haven't decided on the lettering and color yet. I actually don't like the idea of expending in a way the coins will not be on display. I like all the coins to be seen. Im a bit undecided.

  21. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Looks like mine. Displaying coins like this puts me in mind of a gentleman in a smoking jacket in a heavily paneled library of classical texts, with brandy sniffer in one hand, a magnifying glass in the other while Vesta tends to the blazing fire on the hearth, all under the beneficent watch of the Lares and Penates.
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