Stan McDonald - author 's Blog

28 Dec 2021

Top ten ways to destroy coins - Part 5

| Stan McDonald - author

Cardboard Folders

Cardboard folders are not the best for storing coins since moisture may enter the paperboard over time. The moisture in the paperboard can be transferred to the coins damaging the surface.

Coins in these folders will oxidize, pit, and the rims of the coins may turn green. Collections from the 50s and 60s have been severely damaged by leaving them in these folders.


Long Beard

Level 5

Sad that we, I, didn't know better back in the mid-seventies. Ruined quite a few with that adhesive on the backing.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Those old Whitman and Harris folders were a very big part of my coin collection when I just started collecting. still have a couple, my Newfoundland Type Set Tri-Fold has the most valuable coins but none of them are MS and the album is always in a nice dry location so I am not overly concerned. I do love Dansco and the Whitman premium albums, they are definitely the Boss when it comes to housing your coin sets.

I do agree with you. I create a lot of Lincoln sets dated 1941-1974 and put all the coins into Whitman folders. I give away the sets to new collectors. The folders are not suited for BU coins. It is an environmental issue with storage.


Level 7

I use Dansco never had a problem. My war years are still B.U. the others I have been putting in the years are great. The same with the Kennedy album. I guess it depends on what ones you use. The Kennedy silver proofs are The way I took them from the set.


Level 6

I agree, but is probably the way most people begin collecting

Kevin Leab

Level 4

The worst culprit with these folders is the glue that they use when they're making these folders....plus, like you said.... they're still exposed to the elements like moisture. I used these when I first started collecting in the 1970s.

Thank you for posting your experience.


Level 6

The good news is all the great toned coins for sale that were stored in those holders. Thanks.


Level 5

Folders are nice but have risks. I would use folders for circulation coins only. Keep the nice coins slabbed, or in a holder.

AC coin$

Level 6

Wooooow ! Great collection . Thanks for sharing . Admirable.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Wow, haven't seen these in years!

Maybe, it is because I started collecting at 7 years old in 1959. I had access to all Jefferson nickels except the 38D and S, 39D and S, and the 50D - all others including the war coins were available at any time. Buffalo nickels were commonly dated from 1920-1938 with all mintmarks. I did find some pre-1920 coins, but not the semi-key or rare mintmarks. It was truly amazing what was in circualtion back then. PS- Morgan dollars circulated in the early 60s

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