Coin Holders

This is a second part of the popular Coin Holders section.

Your choices in coin holders include but aren't limited to the following, in order of estimated popularity:

Coin Holders Part 2


Air-Tite holders or Coin Capsules are the most attractive coin holders next to slabs, and depending on your views about slabs, you may find them more attractive. You can choose various color combinations to best highlight your coins, whether copper, nickel, silver, gold, or other metal.

The Air-Tite system consists of a snap-together acrylic inner holder that fits snugly around the coin; a polyethylene white or black ring that fits around the inner holder; a black-, blue-, burgundy-, red-, or green-colored velour-covered cardboard display card into which fits the holder and ring; and a black polystyrene frame holder with a wood finish and stamped with gold- or silver-colored lettering.

You can optionally use a host of other accessories, including storage boxes, display easels, albums, display boxes, wall frames, and presentation cases.

The Air-Tite system is relatively safe for long-term storage. The size is nonstandard, with the 2-3/4 inch by 2-3/4 inch display cards being larger than the 2 inch by 2 inch size of most other holders. Air-Tites are considerably more expensive than most other holders, but they may be worth it.

Whitman (or Gallery) holders

These all-plastic holders consist of polystyrene, a relatively safe plastic for coin storage. Made by either Whitman or Gallery, these snap-together holders are an inexpensive way to store you coins. The downside is that coins can slide and bang around inside the holders, potentially causing damage over time.

Whitman or Gallery holders are widely available at coin shows and coin stores and through coin supply dealers.

Intercept Shield holders

These relatively new holders are made with a material that's designed to intercept and neutralize sulfur and other contaminants and thus prevent toning. This can be beneficial or not. Many people regard nicely toned silver coins as the ultimate in eye appeal. On the other hand, coins that have toned unattractively just look tarnished or stained, and brown copper coins are generally less attractive and worth less than red ones.

Intercept Shield holders measuring 2 inches by 2 inches are made for different sized coins as well as for coins that are already in slabs. You can also buy different sized Intercept Shield boxes and albums. You can optionally use the Intercept Shield boxes with other 2 inch by 2 inch coin holders.

On the negative side, it can sometimes be difficult to place coins inside the flexible gasket of the Intercept Shield holders. The holders are also relatively expensive.


CoinEdge holders

Formerly called CoinSafe holders, these all-plastic holders let you view the often neglected third side a coin, the edge. Whether lettered, reeded, or flat, a coin's edge can tell you a lot about a coin, including whether it may be a cast or electrotype counterfeit or whether it was once used in jewelry.

CoinEdge holders are made from Mylar (polyethylene terephthalate) and are safe for long-term storage. They're not the most impressive-looking coin holders but not the least impressive either. You can buy optional accessories, including albums and boxes.


Kointain holders

These holders consist of just a round shell that fits snugly around the coin. They're similar to the Air-Tite inner holders. They're made of non-PVC plastic and are relatively safe for long-term storage.

Kointains, however, can sometimes be difficult to piece together or take apart. Some collectors report that they're very clear, others that they cause some optical distortion.

The company advertises that some museums use Kointains for coin storage.

Kointains can be used alone or inside other holders or albums.


Eagle holders

Made of polystyrene encasing with Mylar (polyethylene terephthalate) windows, these holders are relatively safe for long-term storage. They're attractive, with the encasing available in white or black. They also come with optional accessories, including attractive display boxes and albums.

It can be more time consuming than with some other holders to insert coins into these holders. They may not be ideal for very small or very large coins, which granted are unusual circumstances. With silver three-cent pieces, coins don't always remain in position within the holder, even when you follow the directions for small coins. Large coins such as American Silver Eagles and Bust dollars can sometimes cause the holder to pop open.

The company has recommended that you glue shut the holders to keep these very large coins from causing the holder to pop open, though some collectors have expressed the concern that there's a possibility that the glue might damage the coin over time.

Capital holders

These plastic (Lucite) holders come in two varieties, one that you screw together, one that you snap together. They're similar to Whitman (or Gallery) holders but are both more impressive looking and more expensive.

Inserting and removing coins, however, can be labor intensive. Coins can also slide or bang around inside, potentially causing damage.


Coin World holders

This is a new type of coin holder from Amos Press, the publisher of Coin World, too new to fairly be ranked in terms of popularity. These are slab-like holders but are easy to open and close, which lets you to insert coins yourself. Coin World holders are made of clear acrylic, the black inserts of inert polyethylene. Both are safe for long-term coin storage.

Like slabs, these make handsome holders. Twenty different size holders are available, which fit most U.S. coins. You can write descriptive information on the supplied coin labels, which like the holders are fairly conspicuously imprinted with the Coin World logo. You have two choices in holder sizes:

Premier, which are the size of PCGS slabs, and Standard, which are the size of ANACS slabs. Also available are Coin World coin cases that hold the Coin World coin holders.

The above aren't your only options for coin storage. Others include slabs, coin albums, coin folders, paper envelopes, poly bags, coin cabinets, coin cases, coin frames, coin tubes ... and pockets and purses.


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