Possible Storage Solution

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Coin Pedant, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. Coin Pedant

    Coin Pedant Member

    Hello everyone,

    I'm considering updating my roman silver coin storage set-up to something more long term. I was thinking storing the coins in this box in 50mm acid free, pH neutral, archival envelopes (see picture) rather than the 2X2" flips pictured. I would then put the box in a metal case, away from direct sunlight. Does anyone else store coins in a similar way? Is this a good idea? Thanks

    For those interested, these are the shops where I found these storage items:



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  3. Nathan F

    Nathan F Well-Known Member

    Personally I like to see my coins easily to appreciate them which may be impeded by the envelope. I keep by best stuff in 2x2s indisplay cabinets. But that’s just me maybe...
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  4. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Many different discussions on this.. so many options.
    For me this would not work at all. I need to be able to see and touch my coins daily.
    I use trays.
    But to each his own..
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  5. Alegandron

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

    In the upper right hand corner of your screen is a SEARCH function. Use various keywords around STORAGE, ALBUMS, ENVELOPES, FLIPS, etc. and you will see the many threads of ideas that you can research.

    This has been an important discussion that we have had several times with a lot of great ideas. None are perfect, all are great. You may find ideas that work great for you.

    I hope this helps!

    Welcome to the Ancients Threads.
  6. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

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  7. Coin Pedant

    Coin Pedant Member

    I'm not too bothered about seeing my coins everyday, it's really for long-term, safe storage, and peace of mind.
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  8. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Coin Pedant I could not have said it better. Everyone have a happy and safe 4th...
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  9. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    A classy way to store and look at your coins is an antique dentist cabinet - lots of swing out drawers for easy access - check your local antique shops & online sites.

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  10. Coin Pedant

    Coin Pedant Member

    Wow! That type of case would be very impressive, a million miles away from my needs though. I don't have that many coins:D:D
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  11. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Anybody have a strong dolly. Great idea but I hope you have great security! Happy and safe 4th
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  12. Alegandron

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

    I have wondered about that. Very cool. How many were you able to store? It looks like it would be a little shy for my collection...
  13. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis

    I used to store my coins in 2x2 envelopes in double-row cardboard boxes that you can get at most any coin supply store. They fit in a safe deposit box very well and are a pretty cheap and space-efficient solution. Now I store the coins in trays but the boxes are still quite good for storing old collectors' envelopes and other provenance items that I store separately.

    If you go with the boxes method I recommend creating some cardboard dividers as @dougsmit does to divide up the rows into smaller compartments. It both keeps coins from rattling around and helps avoid losing envelopes under other envelopes which happens quite often when the boxes are under about 80% full
  14. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    As I've explained before, I keep my ancient and other coins in trays, a few of which I leave out so that I can see the coins whenever I want to. I keep two of them next to each other, upright on a table in my living room, on plastic display stands intended for books, etc. This is how those two look at the moment:

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    Tray 2 - A.jpg
  15. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

    My coins storage/display has evolved to this:


    I can view some of my favorite coins and they can be conversation pieces when we have visitors.
  16. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    @Coin Pedant, what you've shown might be a good solution depending on the thickness of the slots and the types of coins you collect. It wouldn't work well for my collection because I have a lot of thick coins so the envelopes wouldn't fit in the intended slots.

    I do use something similar though:


    These Whitman coin boxes have shallow ridges in the bottom which help keep the coins from sliding, plus there are two removable dividers. That's a nice feature-- keeps your flips/envelopes from falling down if the box isn't full.

    I've been considering changing to paper envelopes. However, where would I put the inserts and auction ephemera? I'd need to have two envelopes for each coin: one for the coin and one for the ephemera. Last year I played around with printing directly on the coin envelopes and I liked the results. Do I want to spend the time to reorganize my whole collection though? Decisions, decisions :).

    Here's a shot of the test run for direct printing:


    Good luck with your decision. Oh-- don't forget to put a desiccant in there somewhere. I use a rechargeable Eva-Dry in the safe deposit box.
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  17. Coin Pedant

    Coin Pedant Member

    Thanks for your advice! Those Whitman boxes look like a good idea. I collect roman denarii mostly so coin thickness isn't an issue for me. It's not as if I'm storing a bunch of Athenian tetradrachms!! ;);) But as you say, Whitman boxes and a cool dry place for the coins is a very agreeable setup.
    Many thanks again:shame:
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  18. NewStyleKing

    NewStyleKing Beware of Greeks bearing wreaths

    Only a poor man said,"I can view some of my favorite coins and they can be conversation pieces when we have visitors."

    The utter lack of interest shown to my coins by friends and family is total.
  19. NewStyleKing

    NewStyleKing Beware of Greeks bearing wreaths

    My conversation stoppers!

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  20. Andrew McCabe

    Andrew McCabe Well-Known Member

    These are very nice coins
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  21. whopper64

    whopper64 Well-Known Member

    I use 2x2 flips and store them in double row intercept boxes. This way I can see what I have in an instant and still have them protected. It is, of course, noteworthy that the less you disturb them, the better the protection. It does help that I live in a warm dry climate, and no tobacco products.
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