• Figure 1 - A SAFLIP
    Figure 1 - A SAFLIP
  • Figure 2 - SAFLIP with Coin and Card Insert
    Figure 2 - SAFLIP with Coin and Card Insert
  • Figure 3 - Folded SAFLIP
    Figure 3 - Folded SAFLIP

How to Use SAFLIPs

There's a few ways you can make use of SAFLIPs to store your coin collection, however, there's one way that we think is the best and it's the one we recommend you use. Images showing each step in the process can be seen on the left and each one can be clicked to enlarge it.


Step 1 - The SAFLIP

Seen in the Figure 1 each SAFLIP is a rectangle of colourless PET (an inert archival safe plastic) with a pocket at each end and a single layer of plastic in the middle to allow the flip to be folded or cut easily.


Step 2 - Inserting a Coin and Card Insert

Figure 2 shows a SAFLIP with a coin inserted and an archival safe card insert with suitable notes on it.  Note that the coin is oriented correctly and the card insert is placed to be oriented correctly when the holder is folded.  The card inserts are acid free and ideally you should use an archival grade acid free ink pen available from scrapbooking supplier, office supply shop or newsagent.


Step 3 - Folding the SAFLIP

The final step to holder your coin correctly in the SAFLIP is to fold it in half ready for placement in your archival safe 2x2 coin album pages or storage box. It is critical at this step to ensure that when you fold the flip that you fold it with the openings to the pockets on the inside of the fold.  This will prevent the coin from falling out of the flip and also give a decent seal to stop contaminants from entering the pockets of the holder and damaging your coin. You can see a correctly folded SAFLIP in Figure 3.


Optional Step 2.5

SAFLIPs are suitable to be heat sealed with an appropriate induction bag sealer similar to the one we talked about in this Australian threepence blog article.  This is highly recommended because it gives an excellent air tight seal to help minimise contamination and toning to your coin.  It also completely prevents the coin from falling from the SAFLIP.


To see other methods of holdering coins into SAFLIPS take a look at the Alternate use of Saflips article.