New coin holders pair Lighthouse Publications’ Quadrum coin storage
system with patented Intercept Shield technology.
The first joint products featuring the technology were unveiled in
late February during the American Numismatic Association National
Money Show in Atlanta. Leuchtturm Albenverlag, parent company of
Lighthouse, announced the joint partnership in Berlin in early
February, during the World Money Fair.
The effort is intended to offer collectors supply products that
provide active protection against tarnishing. The Quadrum storage
program allows collectors to store coins of varying sizes in a uniform system.
Intercept Shield “is truly the gold standard in coin storage,”
according to Max Stürken, managing director and one of the owners of
Leuchtturm. “Our partnership brings together this market-leading
technology and the world’s largest provider of collecting supplies.”
Eric Werner, president of Lighthouse Publications, said that the
availability of Intercept products has waned in recent years, and
Lighthouse wanted to return them to the market.
New Quadrum Intercept snaplocks (measuring two inches square) are
now available, and boxes for “slabs” and snaplocks will be added later
this year. Further items are being developed.
Lighthouse plans to distribute the products widely through coin
supply distributors, coin dealers, and through the Lighthouse website,
Intercept Shield combats corrosion caused by substances in air that
can react with the metal of coins. Possible threats includes nitrous
gases, ozone and corrosive gases such as hydrogen sulphides, ammonia,
carbonyl sulphide and chlorine compounds.
A foam insert inside the Quadrum Intercept products neutralizes
“harmful atmospheric substances inside the capsule, so that the coin
is stored in a non-corrosive micro-climate,” according to the firm.
The corrosive gases form a bond with highly porous copper particles
embedded in the plastic before bonding with the coin, Werner said.
For more information, visit the firm’s website, www.leuchtturm.com.