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04 Feb 2018

Review on Coin Books and paper flips

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A coin collection can have value sentimentally and monetarily, so it is important to have a way to store your coins that brings safety to your coins and gives your coins the presentation they deserve. Here, I've reviewed a few different types of storage methods that I've tried and tell the pros and cons I've found with each method. Click on a title to see an example of the storage type.

#1 Whitman Folders

Whitman and a few other companies make folders to keep sets of coins. These folders are great way to organize coins when starting off and whitman has many folders for completing series, type sets or books with a certain size but no labels. However sometimes pushing coins into the folders can leave a nasty fingerprint especially on copper coins. Bonus: Older whitman folders have certain chemicals that can tone silver coins extremely nicely after long periods of time.


-cheap $1-5

-easy to use

-Organized design

-Relatively small: could keep on a bookshelf or in a drawer

-Can tone old silver coins


-coins exposed

-paper folders are prone to ripping when removing coins

-fingerprints can form if gloves aren't used

#2 2x2 Flips and Binder

2x2 flips are a great way to organize an extensive collection with a little bit more freedom. For world coin collections where a book cannot be found, 2x2 flips are the way to go. The paper flips allow room for writing labels and identifying numbers and keep coins pretty sealed. One can organize their collection how they like in the plastic pages, but it may take a little more time to place coins in an organized manner. The flips are pretty cheap too, but a binder and pages to keep them are required and may cost a few more dollars. The binders can also take up a little bit of space. Note: Beware of PVC flips as they leave a acidic green haze on coins


-Freedom to organize in any order

-pretty safe for coins

-Great for world coin collections


-more space

-more time to organize

-plastic can rip

#3 Dansco Sets

Dansco sets are the premium way to organize a coin collection. Their faux leather binders and organized sets are a great way to organize a more pricier set of coins. The binders themselves range from $12 for smaller books up to $100 for the rarer books like the canadian type set they stopped printing. The Dansco US type set is widely recognized as the best way to store a United States Type Set. The binders are also customizable and one can remove or insert a page of coins to a book or buy one of their empty books and create a set of one's own. However if you are inserting high grade coins into one of their books, be careful that when you slide the plastic cover slip over the coin you don't scratch it with dust or other material on the slip. Premade sets also come with a nice history of the coin on the back of the front cover and a collection of mintages at the end of the book. (Whitman makes similar binder-like coin books, but they are prone to rippage and I have found Dansco’s widely superior)



-Coins covered




-pricey depending on the book

-Can scratch coins if one isn’t careful

COMING NEXT: A review on Capsules of different sorts



Level 3

Thank you for this. I was just recently looking at all the many options as I start on my first journey of collecting (starting with 1962-1995 nickels).

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

i really like the dansco albums and started moving away from the whitman folders because in the folder only one side is visible. and coin flips take up lots of space


Level 6

Good blog. I haven't seen this comparison before. Good to read.


Level 5

The Dansco albums are my choice for my US sets. I have a lot of duplicates and a lot of my world coins in 2x2's. Gloves are usually an afterthought unless I am dealing with uncirculated coins.


Level 6

I like the Dansco Albums for my collections. They are acid-free and are archive quality.


Level 6

The Boy Scouts Coin collecting merit badge covers this in the program.


Level 3

That's cool to know. My son is a boyscout ( working on his Tenderfoot, so he's young). I hope he thinks of looking into that merit badge. Especially since he got an ANA membership for Christmas!


Level 6

Good comparison blog. Stick to the more expensive"archive quality" holders.. Thaks


Level 7

I forgot. I never heard of any albums that have chemicals that tone coins were did you here that?


Level 7

Hi. If your putting any coin or token or medal into albums , flips ,sized plastic ,you have to where gloves. Number one rule. Even hard plastic made for the coin. Air tights you have to where gloves simply because anything can happen. You can drop the coin or other things. The first protection for any coin is gloves. Thanks for the blog an d information all are good just remember gloves. Good blog Mike.

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