Coin collection albums are a great way to both safely store and display the coins that you collect. As your coin collection grows, you also will value the different organizational options that coin collecting albums provide, which will make it easy for you to find the exact coin that you are looking for when you are looking for it. There are several different types of coin collection albums available, each of which has its own advantages.
When purchasing albums to store and display your coins, there is one major factor to keep in mind. The first is whether you have identified a specific collection, such as Peace Dollars or Liberty Head Quarters that you want to collect. If you have not done so, then you may find yourself purchasing a dozen or more albums that you will haphazardly fill in over the years. Although there is nothing wrong with doing so, it can be costly to purchase so many albums at once. Instead, it may be better to purchase a more general album to store your coins until you begin to focus your coin collection.
Dansco Coin Collecting Albums
Found in the collections of both beginner and more serious coin collectors, Dansco albums are loose-leaf style. This means that there are hinged and removable pages. Each page has a piece of acetate that slides out so that you can fit each coin into its very own identified window. One advantage of these albums is that you can see both the obverse and reverse sides of the coins easily. Another advantage is that you can expand the binder with additional pages.
Dansco albums are covered with trademark gold embossed brown leatherette, which makes them a great addition to your home library. If your coin albums contain valuable coins, however, you should still store them in a fireproof safe to protect your investment.
Dansco albums range in price depending on the album that you are purchasing. Each album is designed for a specific coin and range of years, such as Lincoln Cents album for years between 1909 and present, which will cost around $35, while a Lincoln Cents album for years between 1959 and present will cost only $25 since it contains fewer pages. Dansco albums are available for more esoteric items as well, such as Morgan Dollars that were minted between 1878 and 1921 and Liberty Dimes which were minted between 1892 and 1916.
Dansco also manufactures sleeves designed to protect your collection from corrosion. Since coin collections are often a long-term investment, these are a great addition to your coin collecting supplies.
Whitman Classic Coin Collecting Albums
Whitman coin collection albums also feature a high quality leatherette cover, though these are blue in color rather than brown. Like Dansco coin collecting albums, you will be able to easily remove and add pages to your collection book. These albums are available for all of the major coin collections, as well as less common items.
Each Whitman Classic album is designed for a specific collection of coins. This means that you can house all of your Susan B. Anthony Dollars or Franklin Half Dollars in the same album. For new coin collectors, the information that is provided on the inside of each coin album is both useful and interesting.
Whitman Classic albums are lower priced than Dansco albums, often costing under $20 each. Additional pages can be purchased for between $3 and $5 each.
Air-Tite Coin Holder Albums
Instead of a binder, Air-Tite Coin Holder Albums consist of a black vinyl covered holder that contains display cards covered with a vinyl page to protect your coins. Your coins will sit on a black velour background while the back of the display card is covered in black embossed and scuff resistant paper.
Highly customizable, each Air-Title Coin Holder Album comes with six display cards that hold between five and nine coins. Purchasing a complete Air-Tite Coin Holder Album costs approximately $25 while purchasing additional cards will cost between $1 and $2. As a result, this is a very affordable option for coin collecting albums and for those collectors who are not yet ready to commit to collecting a series of coins.