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The future of foreign coin album manufacturing...?

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With the rise of internet and collectors finding it easier to collect coins from all over the world - there's one aspect that's still somewhat lacking. That's properly design coin albums. Dansco used to manufacture them around 1960s but that's already well over 50 years ago!


This actually gives rise to collecting such albums and many foreign Dansco album can command serious premium even in used condition, well easily 50 - 100 USD+. In fact a book was written about them a while back:




Now how can something not be replicated today? With any business model, supply and demand comes to mind. I'm sure the demand is out there but to provide limited amount of supply at the right price proves to be challenging. Fortunately technology is out there to help. With the aid of photoshop, creativity can come to place. Here are some examples around the world (designed to my taste)


Japan (it would be perfect for an updated page for Dansco Japan type set)


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Korea


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Russia


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And of course flip books can be made as well to emulate coin albums online. In fact PCGS even got one step ahead and made it more customizable. Take for example this:




I have to argue that the design is wrong as when the pages are flipped, the coins are supposed to be in coin orientation, not medal orientation. (unless all of them happen to be die rotation error, which will be a serious collection by its own right!)


Alas, when one collect coins, collectors want to display them. The coins wouldn't stand out in a 2D display screen. But again, how complicated is making an album? Required materials are cardboard (paper), mylar sheet, some labels (ink / gold) and some screws. I would be interested in the overall manufacturing process and see how it can be done to relate to other numismatics field. May spark some interests. Until then, I guess it's another day...

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Nice concept and album pages. I've always admired your virtual displays and in fact it would be interesting to make an actual album. Good luck with your project.

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Given how customizable things are these days, it would seem that it could be something that someone could take on if they already had the facilities.

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Someone could create a customization app to allow the user to pick the coin sizes and labels and then generate the album pages.

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1) I echo other comments above - love the virtual displays you do. I wish the old timers of CP would return and post their gorgeous coins just like you do.

 

2) I love the idea, guys (especially the app idea, Art). In the age of 3D printing, this would be super simple to fabricate, too.

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i've never liked the albums where you press the coin into the cardboard (although i'd totally buy one to use to keep track of what i have).

 

home-produced albums almost certainly have problems like chemicals that would interfere with preservation ... you could go out and buy the right kind of paper, but labels and printer stuff would screw things up.

 

art's idea of an app to produce this stuff is pretty cool, presumably that you could print it "safely."

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The materials would be a major concern as most normal papers and cardboards would foul the coins. BUT art board and acid free paper could be used. As far as printing there are quite a number of inert inks available. For example the ink used on US currency.

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Of course Henare is correct in that producing coin safe versions would become rather expensive and probably mirror the reason so many companies are stopping production of folders and such.

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For example the ink used on US currency.

no problem. squeeze that into your inkjet or laser printer at home and you're good to go :)

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no problem. squeeze that into your inkjet or laser printer at home and you're good to go :)

That would be some trick wouldn't it. Sorry bad example.

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It seems to me that as the general interest in collecting wanes, the need grows for the ability to produce custom displays like the wonder albums we see here. Of course and advantage would be that the coins could be safely stored in inert materials and safe locations while being beautifully displayed in a number of “collector” arrangements. 

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