The Coin Collection Programme, launched in October 2014, is the world’s first structured coin collection scheme using a mobile approach. The two Coin Carts collect coins from the public in the 18 districts of Hong Kong on a rotational basis and free of charge. The coins collected are then recirculated to meet public demand, making circulation more efficient and reducing the need for minting new coins. The programme has won several local and international awards in recognition of its innovative and green approach.
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Coin Cart services are temporarily suspended with effect from Wednesday, 25 March 2020 until further notice. The service suspension is a preventive measure to reduce social contact.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) will continue to monitor and review the situation closely, and make further announcement as appropriate. Members of the public are advised to visit the HKMA website or the official Facebook page for the latest information of Coin Cart services.
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Coin Collection Programme accepts the following Hong Kong coins
Do you know? In 1863 the Hong Kong Government produced Hong Kong’s first legal tender coin, a one-mil “Yi Wen” coin with a design based on the traditional Chinese cosmology of the hemispherical dome (square earth under a round sky).
Do you know? The first five-cent silver coin was issued in 1866. It weighed 0.036 taels. At that time, vegetable wholesalers made their bids discreetly by communicating in codes. “Dau” and “Ling” represented “3” and “6” respectively. The coin was therefore commonly known as “Dau Ling”.
Do you know? In the past a fifty-cent coin was also known as “half dollar.” In 1910s fifty cents could buy a decent Chinese style dinner.
Do you know? For replacement of one-dollar notes, Hong Kong issued one-dollar coins in 1960. It was the highest-value and largest coin at that time, earning itself a nickname “Dai Beng”, meaning “big cake”.
Do you know? Since 1993, “Queen’s Head” coins returning to the reserves have not been re-circulated. At the end of 2013, a total of 880 million “Queen’s Head” coins have been retrieved from circulation.
Do you know? There are no coins in circulation showing years of minting “1999” to “2011” because there had been no demand for minting new coins during these years.
Do you know? At the end of 2013 around 6 billion coins were in circulation in Hong Kong. They weighed 30,000 tons, equivalent to 2,000 double-deck buses.
Do you know? Hong Kong coins are mainly made of copper, nickel, zinc or plated steel.
Coin cart time lapse video
Coin cart time lapse video