Friday, January 16, 2009

Air-Tite Holders For Coin Collectors (part 1 of 3)

If you collect coins you’ve certainly have wrestled with the question of how to enjoy your collection without subjecting it to unnecessary damage. Every time you touch a coin you create an opportunity to reduce its value by adding slight scratches to it. At the same time, as a hobbyist, you want to maintain a collection that you can appreciate by looking at it and showing it to others. After all, what fun would coin collecting be if you put everything into a safe as soon as you got it and never looked at it again?

Air-Tite Holders. Inc has solved this delima and produces a line of products that are among the best products for protecting and displaying any coin collection. Once your coins are encased you’ll not only be able to look at them but you’ll be able to let someone else hold a coin while you talk about it.

If you are familiar with Air-Tites but have never used them you are probably feeling overwhelmed by all of the sizes and types that are available. Most websites are interested in just selling Air-Tite holders and they do a horrible job of explaining what they are and what you need. They all seem to throw the same mix of buzz words at you but very few actually help you bridge the gap between what Air-Tites are and which Air-Tites your collection needs. This article has been written to help you fill in the blanks and by its conclusion you will be an Air-Tite expert.

Air-Tite Holders, Inc.
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The company was founded by Norman W. Therrien who created a solution to the problem of protecting many different sizes of world coins. Therrien realized that the expense of creating a holder for every size coin ever produced was an unrealistic endeavor. His solution was to create a few basic case sizes and to use less expensive sizing rings to secure a coin within the case. This solution makes it possible for every coin minted in the United States and nearly all coins and medallions from around the world to be housed in one of six Air-Tite holder.

Whether you are looking an Air-Tite Holder With Rings or an Air-Tite Direct Fit capsule, an Air-Tite coin holder is a two-piece snap together acrylic case that consist of a cover and a base to completely enclose a single coin. Each piece is injection molded for precision and contains a non-yellowing agent to help maintain visual clarity over time. All components of Air-Tite holders are totally inert and PVC free.

Air-Tite Holders with Rings are capsules that include a soft die-cut polyethylene ring to fit around your coin. The ring serves to hold a coin securely in place and to create a barrier against air contamination. The rings are sold as part of a capsule set in either black or white. Air-Tite holders with rings are available in sizes that range from 10mm to 50.8mm.

Air-Tite Direct Fit are capsules that are molded to hold a specific mint condition coin, for example, a US Sacagawea Dollar. The coin fits securely into the holder and does not require or include an additional sizing ring. Direct Fits are only manufactured for the most popular coins.

Which style is best for you collection? The answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If your goal is to encase a coin with as little distraction as possible, such as the black or white outside ring, you might prefer the direct fit style. However, the manufacturer does point out at the Air-Tite website that less than mint condition coins “…having some wear on the rims may rattle in these holders. If that is the case we recommend you purchase our holder with rings to prevent movement within the holder.”

The next sections will break the confusion of purchasing Air-Tite Coin Holders for your coin collection. Before you continue to the next section you can see different Air-Tite Holders at Coin Supply Express.


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