Hi everyone. The most important thing besides collecting coins is protecting them. Now there are many suppliers of different types of holders. It's up to you what you need . I find if I'm going to to do some coin rolling I order the rolls to protect them. Not a lot it depends on how many rolls your getting and what denomination. They have hundreds of different plastic holders. What's the best? Well I use air tites. They seem to work for me the best. For slabs there are also many ways to stop them from scratching. I was going to order a slabed coin when I noticed I was having a hard time seeing the coin. So I sent a message to the seller saying it's probably a very nice coin but I can't see parts of it. His response didn't make any sense. It's what the label says. No it's what in the holder! They have binders aluminium boxes with foam. Wooden boxes with foam even cardboard which I wouldn't recommend. A few years ago a seller sent me an aluminum box for Christmas. So I tried it. I think it's the best. It holds the slabs tight doesn't scratch them and if it falls they stay in there spot and the top stays closed. The kind I dont like are the ones from the third party graders. They rattle scratch the holders the top comes right off and on the floor go your slabs. Now I found the cheaper prices of the exact same holders on eBay. That's right. The one that hold thirty cost up to forty four dollars. The ones on eBay that hold a hundred are fifty four dollars. Again this is up to you and your needs. You might not need one that hold a hundred. So buy one that holds thirty. They also have great wooden ones with the foam inside. There easy to store and look a lot better than the third party graders. Now the interesting ones I saw hold round air tites in foam. Great idea. I think. Again this blog is just my opinion. You buy what you need for your coins. You know better than I do what you need. The bottom line is that we all need these so don't skim on protecting your coins. The binders have a great reputation also. So shop around there out there and the prices do vary a lot. But do buy them in a few years you will be happy you did. By the way the aluminium box I received from the seller still today five years later in terrific shape. But it's up to you. You might be protecting a very expensive coin! Think about it. These were bought with your money. There part of our history and the history of the world let's save them for them for those who will follow us. It's the least we can do. Enjoy and protect those coins Mike.
Most of my "Odd Things with Coins" blogs have been for things I have had for a long time. These first day covers were just given to me last week. The Image on the stamp is an Indian Head cent. There is some postal history about this stamp too. This is the smallest stamp issued by the USPS. It was an experiment at five post offices around the country. It must not have worked because this size stamp was not continued. I was visiting a stamp collecting friend and he gave these to me. I think they are kind of a neat thing to put with my Indian Head cents. I know there are other stamps with images of coins but I can't think of them now. Can you think of them??