On the PCGS site, Victor Bozarth published an article about Coin Gift Holders. Here's an excerpt; see the complete article online. The image shows gift boxes intended for holding gold coins.
In the past I've written about the importance of original packaging on numismatic merchandise. What about the gift boxes, cards, envelopes, and other mediums used when gifting a coin?
The boxes, cards, and envelopes that coins were originally gifted in are also of immense importance – and sometimes collector value! Not only were a great many of these packaging items disposed of over the decades, but also the process of discarding this packaging left the coin(s) inadvertently damaged.
Much like original U.S. commemorative coin packaging has value, these coin-related items are highly collectible, and some are quite valuable too.
I've managed to prevent the original U.S. commemorative packaging from being disposed of numerous times with just this warning. Was that important? Here's the deal: it is not just the packaging that might be valuable, but also the information that packaging might provide us.
What about the gift boxes, cards, or envelopes? Was there a message or note included? Did a favorite grandfather, aunt or uncle, or family friend personally gift the item to you? Maybe it was gifted to a parent or grandparent from a distant relative you never got to meet? What happened to those items? Oh, the stories those mundane boxes might tell… Who doesn't love a story?
As a professional numismatist, I've encountered coins, sometimes in gift boxes, over the decades. Often, these coins were in an envelope or even a small purse that included a note with a date and a name. Many times, the day and month were listed with just the initials of the recipient and / or gifter.
To read the complete article, see:
The Evolution of Coin Gift Holder
Wayne Homren, Editor
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