The Peel-N-Seal products are meant to replace traditional 2×2 cardboard flips. A regular cardboard flip requires staples to be secured, BCW created a brand of self-adhesive coin flips.
Here is the version I will be reviewing, the 2″x2″ flips for half dollars. These were purchased on Amazon.
How to Use Peel and Seal Coin Flips:
1.) Pick a coin in the right size to go in the flip.
2.) Remove the sticker protecting the adhesive.
3.) Center coin on one of the windows.
4.) Press firmly around all edges.
There are several benefits to using self-adhesive coin flips.
First, it is much easier and faster to use the self-adhesive coin flips than stapling. With a regular coin flip you have to use at least 2 staples to secure the coin.
Without staples, the flips can lay flat together! When you have many traditional coin flips, the staples prevent the cardboard from laying flat, so the flips do not look organized together.
Another drawback of using staples is that the staples can damage the coin. Whether the staple is rubbing against the coin in it’s own cardboard flip, or stabbing a coin in the flip behind it, small scratches diminish a coin’s value.
One great thing is that there is more room for labeling. Coin collectors like cardboard flips because you can write the coins denomination, year, and mint mark on the cardboard so that it is easy to quickly catalogue coins. Without the pesky staples, coin collectors have more room for writing on the Peel-N-Seal flips.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the price, Press-n-Seal coin flips can be 50% to 100% more expensive than traditional coin flips. It is really up to you whether the time saved is worth the cost. If you go through many coin flips, the price could really add up.
I purchased 100 ‘Self Adhesive Peel-N-Seal’ coin flips for half dollars. If I was going to redo my purchase I would probably use these flips for pennies, nickels, or dimes. Since half-dollars are heavier, I am worried about the half dollars falling out of the flips, particularly when the adhesive begins to age.
The company, BCW, says on their website that they use archival polyester for the window, but no mention is made of the adhesive. In the long-term, the glue used to hold the cardboard together could potentially lead to toning on the coins.
Since BCW specializes in coin supplies, I assume they put thought into the type of adhesive used and how it could affect the coins, but it is not addressed on their website.
I saw several reviews online saying that some people found the adhesive was not working on half-dollar coin flips, but I have not found this to be the case. One reviewer mentioned having to use a lot of force to keep the coin in the holder and that was not my experience at all.
I pushed the coin in securely around the window to keep it in, but I did not have to fight with the coin to keep it down. Perhaps the company made changes to the design since that review was posted?
Out of the 6 BCW flips I have used so far, I had one that was misaligned. Removing the coin from the misaligned flip was more difficult than I expected. Here is a photo of the misaligned coin below, the obverse is centered, but the reverse is off.
I thought I would be able to peel the coin open from the adhesive layer, but after only a minute in the flip, it was glued tight, so I reverted to tearing it open. (You could use scissors if you are careful not to knick the coin.)
So this could definitely be a drawback. If you move coins out of flips often, it is much easier to use a regular coin flip and a staple remover. On the other-hand, I am much more confident in the quality of the adhesive after this!
Comparing BCW Peel and Seal to regular cardboard flips.
This is a really useful tool for coin storage. The BCW coin flips have much thinner cardboard, plus since they are staple-free, they lie much flatter.
Here is a comparison of a standard, stapled penny flip on the left with an adhesive cardboard flip on the left. The Press-N-Seal flip is about 30% thinner.
Using the image I used earlier, look at how the smaller width transfers to a much cleaner and more organized look than traditional staples.
Now, to be fair, I have been using regular paper staples on my coin flips. A reader pointed out that you can purchase staplers that staple flat. I asked for his flat stapler recommendation, and he recommended this one:
I like these more than I expected to. These cardboard coin flips look very clean and organized and that is a big plus for me. I would prefer to use these with pennies, and coins that are less valuable to me.
Aligning the coins is a little frustrating, but I have the same problem with traditional stapling coin flips.
Overall I would recommend giving these a try. If you do decide to purchase Peel-n-Seal coin flips, it would help support my site if you use my Amazon Affiliate link, the small advertising revenue allows me to continue writing reviews and informational articles on American Coin Stash.
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