Storage Methods of the Past - John West Commemorative Cover

May 9, 2009

Oh how sad I was today when I sat down to go through some coins I had inherited. I have seen the damage done to coins by bad storage methods and pvc so every coin I get that is anywhere close to pvc gets removed and housed up in a 2x2 and into polypropylene album pages.

John West Commemorative Cover

The John West Commemorative Cover is a lovely little green vinyl (pvc) folder

"To commemorate the First Issue Australian One Dollar Coin and the last issue Australian One Dollar Note in 1984 John West are proud to present you with this memorable cover to be treasured as a family heirloom and be passed on to your children and grandchildren as part of history in the making."

Inside the cover on the topside is an uncirculated 1 dollar note slid into a pvc flap, on the bottom side is an uncirculated $1 coin pressed into cardboard with the above inscription. I pulled out this card and the dollar coin is being held in there by sticky tape! An old method of coin storage for amateur collectors used to be putting threepences or sixpences along strings of sticky tape. I have seen irreversible damage done to coins stored this way. The sticky tape leaves an adhesive residue on the coin ruining it forever. This coin below is irreparably ruined.

Reverse of the card holding the uncirculated dollar showing damaged coin

So obviously the sticky tape was used to stabilise the coin so it didn't fall from the cover. This will never be an heirloom to pass on to your kids in this condition. If every cover was manufactured like this then every last dollar coin in these folders is ruined for good. Ask yourself this -Are you collecting the coin or the packaging?

Posted by harrisk at May 9, 2009 4:49 PM
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