Whether you’re collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, or silver dollars, coin albums are a nice way to keep your precious collectibles safe and easily managed. With a little dash of creativity and style, you can make your coin album one-of-a-kind in a breeze. After all, you don’t want to waste the full value of your long-kept coins and lose it to wear and tear, do you?
As easy as it may sound, there are ways to ensure your coins get full protection and stylishness inside a coin album. Consider these factors and you’ll be on your way to a coin show in no time.
- When designing your coin album, consider the theme of your collection. You can simply group your collection by year of circulation or its issuance. There can be classifications according to the location of its circulation and according to the rarity of the coins as well. This can be an easy task, since you’ll definitely put in the necessary research efforts to learn more about your coin collections. You may want to look for coin albums with enough space for a little description and information about the coins.
- A delicate subject matter for numismatists and other coin collectors is the coin album itself – its make and type and how it can protect the coins while in storage. The first concept of the coin album was made by the company H.E. Harris. Their design was a cardboard coin album that can normally be found at bookstores. However, most coin collectors agreed that such an album isn’t effective as you can’t see the other side of the coin since it is facing the cardboard. It also has been found not to offer maximum protection to the coins themselves, as the cardboard scratches the coins and the manner by which the coins are put into the album through the fingers endangers the coins. To solve this dilemma, plastic slide coin albums have been introduced to collectors. This enables you to see both sides of the coin and is believed to provide better protection to the coins as you don’t need to touch them while they're inside the plastic album. Also, try using airtight plastic albums to yield the best results.
- For serious collectors, coin slabs offered by coin grading companies can prevent any damage to the coins to give the coins their full value.
- The goal in making a coin album to store your coins is to make it look as professional and valued as possible. This doesn’t mean, however, that it should be boring. You can make it look like a masterpiece by giving it your own design without sacrificing its professional appeal. Just be careful when using art materials with harsh chemical content that may cause corrosion and other serious damage to your collection.
Coins are reflections of the events which happened during their circulation. Preserving the value of your coins means keeping the memories alive and remembering how important these things are in history.