State Quarters 1999-2009 Deluxe Collector's Folder: District of Columbia and Territories, Philadelphia and Denver Mints Hardcover – 12 Nov 2009
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There are coin folders and then there is this deluxe State Quarter folder. From the rich red, white and blue background to the breathtaking center spread of coin slots--120 in all--this folder is worthy of this caliber of coins. In addition to a slot for every coin in the series, there is a space for both the Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint issues. Larger in size than the average, this folder also includes the date each state entered the union, and key facts about the state. This is a great gift for teaching children about their state and the country's currency.
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The folder itself expands to four cardboard pages with 30 slots on each page - so 15 states per page with the P & D versions. The cover is sturdy cardboard, and there are two paper inserts attached to the left and right edges which contain information on the State Quarter program and a table of facts about the states themselves (the year it joined the union, the state capital, largest city, nickname, state bird and state flower). This folder includes labelled slots for the 50 States Quarters program which ran from 1998-2008 and the District of Columbia and Territories program from 2009. There are also 8 unlabelled slots on the last page to fill the space, so if this is the kind of thing that annoys you, beware.
Now the not-so-good points - the holes are just a tad too small for the coins so it's hard work to get them in flush, and once they're in I would imagine it'll be difficult to take any out in the future, for example if you get a better quality coin later on. The coins are set out by order of issue, but the information on each state is in alphabetical order which doesn't seem logical to me. Also, the paper information sheets on each side are paper glued onto the card with a small (1cm) tab to there is an obvious weak point here.
On the whole though, happy enough with the purchase for the price, but I'm sure there are better holders available out there.
To insert the coins first choose which way round you want them, then then place coin in slot as best you can on a firm surface, then take a soft, clean cloth and but over it, then take three or four similar sized coins and put on top of the cloth and press down with the heel of your hand. Standing up and some careful positioning of the press coins is required but you feel a satisfying pop when your quarter goes in. Just be gentle, but firm and take your time.
I managed to get one in perfect and tried another 20+ coins with no luck! All I have now is sore thumbs to show for my collection.
It looks great as a product but with the main point being to store my coins it defeats the purpose not being able to even get them in!
Overall no use to me but looks good but it was cheap so don't expect much, mostly likely luck of the draw if you get a good one.
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