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01 Mar 2021

Coin Storage Methods

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Coin Storage Methods

Hello fellow coin-addicts!
Today I am going to cover some various methods of storing coins, the holders I will talk about include the following: flips, 2x2s, capsules, envelopes, tubes, slabs, and hard holders. I will try to cover them starting with the cheapest, least protective holders, and going all the way up to the most expensive holders.

Coin Envelopes

Okay, I don't really use these, but they are handy for keeping a couple of the same kind of coin in. These are little paper envelopes with a flap that you can close to keep the contents in (like any other kind of envelope). And they provide plenty of space for writing information along with the bonus that (if you buy ones meant for coin collecting) they are made of materials that won't damage your coins.


These are little rectangles made of plastic with two pockets, (one for storing a coin in and one for storing an information slip) that you can fold in half and, if you choose to, staple. These come in handy when you just need something to protect a coin for a little while until you get it in a better sort of holder, or buy some more holders that protect coins better if you are out of them.


These are similar to the previous storage method, only they are made out of card board and have little windows to see the coin through, all you have to do to use them is place the coin on one side of the holder, line it up with the little window, fold the other side of the holder over, and staple it. These holders are nifty because, unless you are using ones meant for large dollar coins, they provide plenty of space for writing information.


As its name implies, this storage method is basically a tube meant for coins. These are great for storing large amounts of the same or similar kinds of coins, they come in all sorts of different sizes like: Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar, and Dollar.


This type of holder is basically a round plastic container (sometimes with a foam gasket to prevent coins from moving around) that can hold one coin snugly, of course these also come in a variety of sizes.

2x2 Hard Holders

These holders are basically two square halves of plastic with a capsule in the middle. To use, simple place a coin on one side lined up with the hole, place the other half on top, and then squeeze them together until they are popped together snugly. These holders also have several different sizes to make sure that your coins to rattle and get damaged.


Now this is the ultimate way to store your coins, this storage method is definitely meant for more expensive coins. Theses holders are a sealed, high-quality, rectangle, plastic holder with a hole for the coin and a label with the assigned grade, a serial number, and other information. The only ways to get your hands on these holders (unless you buy fake ones) is to either send your coin(s) to a third party grading service to be graded and encapsulated by a professional or to buy coins that someone else sent in to get graded.

Thanks for reading this overview of different types of holders and have a great day!



Level 1

Does anyone have any recommendations for display cases that could be used to display a collection in public for a traveling exhibit etc.?


Level 5

Good question that I actually don’t have an answer to!


Level 5

Nice write up on each type.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Don't forget Coffee Mug for all your loose low value foreign coins. (:


Level 5



Level 4

I store lots of my coins in tubes. But this is cool.


Level 5

Very good information!! I love this overview. And thats a nice Half youve got there (;


Level 6

Nice informative blog! That's a pretty 1955 S Cent you have! ; )


Level 6

Nothing wrong with the "fake" slabs. They are not air-tite but nothing is. Not even TPG ones. Almost but not. Thanks.


Level 6

@I.R. Bama Thanks.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

@ Longstrider... "Generally plastics are relatively permeable to small molecules such as gases, water vapour, organic vapours, and liquids, and they provide a broad range of mass transfer characteristics, ranging from excellent to low barrier values, which are important in the case of food products". Hindawi.com "


Level 5

Thanks for the nice over view.


Level 7

I use slabs and square rounds. There hard plastics very hard and snap closed. You mark the side of what's in them and store them. You can also put some tape around it keeps everything out. And safe. Slabs . Only the ones from NGC . Never use envelopes. Or two by two.. Flips when I send them in. Sometimes air tites.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for the survey of coin preservation methods!

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