Author Topic: Where can I exchange foreign coins?  (Read 1256 times)

gbbi_977

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Where can I exchange foreign coins?
« on: January 14, 2016, 08:34:26 AM »
I have a variety of foreign currencies from various trips I've taken over the years - Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Switzerland and UK to name a few.

It's not going to total up to a huge amount (probably under $100) but I'd like to get some use out of these rather than have them sitting around.

Where can I get them exchanged, if I decide I want to keep the cash? I understand a lot of banks don't accept foreign coins, just bills - I've got a mixture of both.

Alternatively, I know on Qantas and other airlines, the UNICEF change for good program is an option. Does anyone know how to make donations to that program without actually going to the airport? (Won't be flying again until end of the year).

pagoconcheques

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Re: Where can I exchange foreign coins?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 02:43:31 PM »
Where are you? 

Some places that buy gold (easy to find) work with currency as well.  Try calling around. 

acorn

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Re: Where can I exchange foreign coins?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2016, 03:33:00 AM »
Alternatively, I know on Qantas and other airlines, the UNICEF change for good program is an option. Does anyone know how to make donations to that program without actually going to the airport? (Won't be flying again until end of the year).

You can mail it in.
https://www.unicefusa.org/about/faq#q-foreign-currency

Back when I used to live in the UK, I never had a problem finding donation boxes at airports (probably because of all the different currencies in Europe). They are much harder to find in the US though. It's really silly, but I brought all my accumulated foreign currencies on a work trip last year and dumped it all in a collection box at Heathrow.

gbbi_977

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Re: Where can I exchange foreign coins?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 08:02:34 AM »
Great, Unicef donation it is. I'll save postage by finding someone at church who's flying in the next month or so and have them drop it off for me at the airport.