Paper clips or capsules for your coins?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Richard Kennedy, Jan 17, 2022.

  1. Richard Kennedy

    Richard Kennedy Active Member

    I have a lot of coins stored several ways. I use paper clips for some stored in 2x2 boxes in a gun safe. Others like large quantity of pennies in tubes in a box in the we safe, and lastly I have my Morgan's, etc in capsules. Being a cheap edited and following my dad's collecting activities I use a lot of flips. My question is are flips a good enough store coins? How do you store your less valuable coins? Thanks.
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  3. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Well-Known Member

    How are you using paper clips? what's their purpose, or maybe I'm misunderstanding.

    I have folders that I fill up with circulated coins I find, after that anything older or mildly valuable goes in a 2X2 (or stuff I just like). Everything else that isn't deserving of better goes into a tube. Example I have coin tubes for Wheaties, Bicentennial quarters, Pre 1963 nickels.....etc.

    I should add most of my 2x2's are in plastic sheets in a binder. My nicer stuff (of which I have little) goes in my safe.
  4. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    I have some coin capsules, but mostly I use 2x2s and storage boxes. I have albums and binders and even coin folders.
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    I found that the flips just seem to let in a little of the environment that will tone along where the coin is inserted that sits at the pocket seam. anyways, just saying I didn't' like it. ans switched everything to mylar 2x2s.

    Also I'm a little heavy handed and seems I can't NOT tear a coin flip trying to put a coin in them.
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  5. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    I don't mind 2x2's. I'd rather see NO Staples though! I like what I called "do it yourself slabs" like this one....
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  6. Richard Kennedy

    Richard Kennedy Active Member

    I hate staple 2x2's. That is the reason I use mostly 2x2" paper flip holders
  7. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    Ohhhhhh...flips not clips. :banghead:
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  8. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Well-Known Member

    HAHA - ya I was sitting here trying to figure out how the heck you use paper clips to store coins. :dead::woot:
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  9. Richard Kennedy

    Richard Kennedy Active Member

    My bad. Sorry.
  10. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Well-Known Member

    No worries - it was a great thought experiment. HAHA
  11. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    I was using pliers to flatten staples for a while then invested in a flat clinch stapler and no more staple issues ever. nice and flat. only thing is to get a decent one that can punch through like 70 sheets of paper at once so they don't go crooked on you.
  12. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Please read my comments about proper storage in post #9 in this thread -

    So what are proper storage methods ? Well they've been written about and explained on this forum more times that I can even count. So simply do a search for them and read what you find. But here's the thing about proper storage methods - it seems a whole lot of people don't want to bother with them. They consider them to be too much trouble or too expensive. In other words they like doing things just the way they've always done them. But proper storage methods exist and it's not really difficult to utilize them, but for them to work, that's what ya gotta do - utilize them. And if you don't, then you, or rather your coins, very well may suffer the consequences.

    That said, paper clips - bad idea. 2x2s and or 2x2 boxes - bad idea. Gun safe - bad idea. Coin tubes - bad idea. Coin flips - bad idea. Individual hard plastic capsules - good idea, but they still need to be stored properly. And that isn't in a gun safe ! Please see the paragraph above.

    I'll end with asking a simple question - if any coin is worthy of being in your collection, and by worthy I mean you like it enough to want to keep it, is that coin not worth 50 cents for you to be able to store it properly and protect it to the best of your ability ? Or if you prefer I can put it another way. And coin that you have ever purchased, if it had cost you 50 cents more that whatever you paid for it - would you still have bought it ?

    If the answer to either question is - yes - then that's what you should do, spend that 50 cents. Because that's all it will cost to buy individual hard plastic coin holders for each coin. And then store them properly.

    And no. I'm not trying to pick on anybody or make anybody feel bad. I'm just trying to explain what I consider to be simple common sense.
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  13. Richard Kennedy

    Richard Kennedy Active Member

    Sounds perfectly correct.
  14. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    It is not the storing them at 18, 25, 35, 40, 45, etc.

    It is the opening them because you can no longer see the darn thing clearly, to enjoy the thing or re-evaluate to keep up with continuing market grading changes, at 62, 65, 70, 72, 75, etc.

    Yep, go ahead with the self-stored plastic coffins as "safe". It is, until you tear your fingernail off trying to open it at the tender age of 70, or finally pull it apart and one of the sides shoots up and smacks you in the cataract causing lots of fun pain, while the coin takes flight across the room and hits the brick fireplace and it gets a rim dent....or hits the dog in the azz, surprising the hell out of the dog, who then rears up, knocking over the stack of pieces that you were so diligently preparing to place in 'safe" coffins, and 4 of them bounce down into the HVAC return air vent, or fall off the table and roll across the room and that pizzes the dog off, and he chases and bites as many as he can and runs off with them.

    Signed: safely relaxing and storing my hobby pieces at an advanced age, enjoying the efforts of my younger days.
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