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Opening the Lithicoin protective case

January 27, 2017

Opening the Lithicoin protective case

All Lithicoin stone coins ship in an protective case to avoid damage during shipment and allow the coins to be easily stored without fear of damage. You may wish to remove your case to carry your "Pocket Safe" coin or simply examine a more fragile coin in closer detail. The cases seal tightly, and they do take some care to open. Here's how we open them.

You'll need the following:

  • A place to sit down with a work surface in front of you (table, desk, etc)
  • A soft cloth such as a towel or t-shirt to place over the hard surface
  • Fingernails (yours or someone willing to help) OR
  • A thin edge such as a pocket knife blade (at your own risk)

The Lithicoin case is two sided. One side has an open face and a tall rim (right side in the photo below). The other side has an internal wall that holds your coin at the center of the case and a shorter rim around the outside (left side of photo).

It's important to keep this bottom side with the internal rim on the side closest to your flat surface during this process.

It's best to work close to your flat surface so you have a place to rest and brace your hands and avoid jerking movements. If you are lucky enough to have usable fingernails (I'm a stone carver, mine are always too short), your first step will be to carefully wedge the tip of a nail into the gap between the two sides of the case.

Work your way slowly around the case to widen this gap until you're able to carefully pry the top of the case off.

To remove your coin from the case, the safest method is to gently tip it into your hand.

If you are like me and either have very short fingernails or are adept at handling a knife for utilitarian purposes, it's very easy to open these cases. Again, use a knife at your own risk.

Carefully wedge the edge of your knife into the gap between the two case sides. It's best to do this by holding the blade as an extension of your fingers near the case and not by holding the handle and wedging the very (sharp) tip of the blade.

Using the blade as a lever, gently tilt it to push the two sides of the case away from each other.

Gently turn the coin out into your open hand as shown above.

Enjoy your Lithicoin!

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Lithicoin Attributes

Catalog #: 

The catalog number is unique to each individual Lithicoin, and allows your coin to be accessed at any time by typing this number into the search field on our site.

Material Origin:

This is the location where a Lithicoin's material is sourced. We are as specific as possible in the main coin description when we know more about origin (sometimes we will know a specific mine location), but we try to at least note the country. Sometimes we may not know the origin of a particular piece of material, and these coins are marked as "Unknown."

Coin Size:

Standard size for Lithicoin stone specimens is approximately 32mm x 3mm (1.25"x0.11" or 1 3/4" x 1/8"). Size can vary by about .5mm (one half millimeter) due to being hand carved from a natural material.


Opacity refers to the translucency of a coin material when backlit. Materials that do not allow light to pass through are considered "Opaque." If light passes through a part or all of a Lithicoin, it is considered "Partially or fully translucent."


Our durability ratings are designed to help you understand how a Lithicoin should be handled. We use the following ratings as suggestions, but please understand that we can make no guarantees about the actual durability of any natural material.

Pocket Safe: This Lithicoin is suitable for frequent handling or daily carry without the case. Try to minimize the number of additional hard objects carried in your pocket or bag (metal coins, etc.) to minimize the chance of breakage or scratches. Many stones are harder than the metals in our everyday lives, but we prefer a cautious approach.

Handle with care outside of case: This Lithicoin can be removed from the case and handled but should not be pocket carried. Exercise caution to avoid drops, and do not apply pressure or any twisting motions.

Fragile, case recommended: This Lithicoin has physical characteristics such as fragile crystal coverage, internal seams or planes, geode sections, or is a brittle material that can be easily scratched or broken. These coins should not be removed from their cases unless you intend to sit down and carefully enjoy them.

We can't predict every scenario a coin might encounter, and natural materials can be unpredictable. We do not provide any guarantee or warranty in the event of damage.