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Today’s Mail Bag question comes from Edmond who asked about coin roll boxes. The question came from a recent Today’s Deal I posted about here on the site and Edmond, rightfully, wants to know if these boxes are really worth it.

Hi,

You posted last week about coin roll boxes as a todays deal. I looked at them but they are really expensive for being basically a cardboard box. Are they really worth it? For me, a shoebox seems to work just fine.

Edmond

First Edmond, thanks for taking the time to write in. I have to assume that you were referring to this Today’s Deal post where I highlighted multiple denomination boxes being on sale. Personally, I do think that these boxes are worth the cost – but I didn’t always feel that way. I mean, nearly $13 for a box to hold Cents?! I get it, I really do.

Like you, when I began acquiring rolls of coins, I had them in a shoebox. As you said, it works. The challenge I had was that I continued to add more and more rolls to my collection. There came a point where the shoebox wasn’t sturdy enough to handle the rolls in it. Additionally, every time I moved that box, the rolls would tip over and any organization I had in the box was gone. What this tipping point (literally) is for you versus me will vary of course. For me, it was about 20-25 rolls of coins.

Having my rolls now in bespoke coin roll boxes gives me a couple of benefits. First, I can easily catalog the coins and not worry about them shuffling about in the box thanks to the dividers. Second, the boxes are sturdy – very sturdy – so I know they will last for decades. This benefits me today but it will also benefit my family after I’m gone as they work with the collection I leave behind.

One of My Cent Coin Roll Boxes
One of My Cent Coin Roll Boxes

Ultimately Edmond you have to make the call on if these are worth it. I appreciate everyone has a budget and these boxes, for what they are (as you said, cardboard boxes) may be a bit much. But I suspect the tipping point for you may well be what it was for me: The number of rolls I have in my collection. If you are not adding lots of rolls to your collection, your shoebox(es) likely will do the trick for you.

Thanks again Edmond for writing in.

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By Clinton

Clinton is the owner and editor of US Coin News. He has been an avid coin collector, primarily of United States coinage, since 1986 after learning about it from his grandfather. Clinton's collection is now over 3,000 coins. Clinton lives in Colorado where he skis in the winter and hikes in the summer when he is not working on his coin collection.

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