How long can paper money last in PVC?

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by killswitch95, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. killswitch95

    killswitch95 New Member

    Hi, I'm new and I've put myself in a bit of a situation.

    I got a job at a gas station and as such currency from around the globe, paper and coin, and from different eras come through and provided I don't short myself my boss lets me buy these from my register...

    As such I have quite quickly amassed a sizable (In my eyes) collection of coins and recently started collecting paper once I bought a 1963 Series A $10 bill to go with my $2 series 2013 (Just a new bill, maybe it'll appreciate down the road)...

    Here's my problem:

    I literally (As in today) received my BCW Hard Clear Money Protectors because I wanted a rigid bill protector not an overly flexible sleeve however I have done some research online and learned that PVC is bad for paper, so knowing I have to buy a different type of sleeve such as Mylar which isn't cheap (the whole reason I jumped on the BCW was the get the bills into some sort of relative protector aside from being between two pieces of computer paper wedged in a heavy book but on a budget) so I have to save up...

    But if as advertised the 'rigid' PVC shouldn't have these plasticizers or stearates in them to damage the bills, but as read on the community apparently BCW likes to lie about what their plastic actually is so I'm perplexed...

    I know in the long term PVC will damage the paper making it almost oily and/or brittle but I am curious as to about how long it takes, do I need to go out and break my budget because these sleeves are a disaster, or if I wait about 6 months to a year will they be fine, so long as I do not wait much longer than that?
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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Return them and get the correct ones.

    Welcome to CT.
  4. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    I'd say you'll be fine with them. Typically, the harder and more rigid a sleeve or holder is, the less likely it is to contain PVC. I have notes that have been stored in rigid BCW sleeves for over ten years and they show no signs of any degradation. So I'd not worry about it and enjoy storing your newfound notes.

    Regarding how long paper money can last in holders made with PVC, it often takes years to see any adverse effects. Factors such as heat and humidity can play a part in when symptoms can start to show.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
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  5. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    PVC is a hard, rigid plastic unless it is plasticized. It will degrade eventually but not for a long time if kept out of sunlight and at a resonible temperature
  6. halfcent1793

    halfcent1793 Well-Known Member

    Soft PVC contains phthalates. They act as endocrine disruptors, i.e., synthetic estrogens. DO NOT USE THEM UNLESS YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN (AND MAYBE EVEN YOURSELF) TO BECOME MUTANTS.

    I exaggerate, but you REALLY don't want to use soft flips for ANY purpose. They are not good for your coins or you and your family. I don't know what they may do to paper money. It might depend on what the money is printed on and what inks were used.

    Plastics containing phthalates are illegal in children's toys for the reason in the first paragraph.
  7. killswitch95

    killswitch95 New Member

    I didn't buy 'soft flips' specifically because I wanted a more rigid protector to keep the bill from bending easily and to keep it straight, so I bought these: made of semi-rigid PVC, it is a sleeve with a very mild amount of flex, but not as much as I've seen with the flips. So since I know it's not 100% rigid PVC I'll probably have to get different ones down the road...
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