Coin Collection Programme

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.

Coin Cart Location
  • Coin Cart No.1
    Date: 09 Dec 2019 (Mon) To 15 Dec 2019 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on 10 Dec (Tue))
    (Service hours until 12 noon on 14 Dec (Sat))
    District: North District

    Fuk Tai House, Ka Fuk Estate, Fanling*

    9 Dec (Mon): Normal service
    10 Dec (Tue): Service suspended
    11 Dec (Wed): Normal service
    12 Dec (Thu): Normal service
    13 Dec (Fri): Normal service
    14 Dec (Sat): Service hours until 12 noon
    15 Dec (Sun): Normal service
  • Coin Cart No.2
    Date:09 Dec 2019 (Mon) To 15 Dec 2019 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on 10 Dec (Tue))
    District: Tai Po District

    Playground adjacent to Tai Man House, Tai Yuen Estate, Tai Po*

    9 Dec (Mon): Normal service
    10 Dec (Tue): Service suspended
    11 Dec (Wed): Normal service
    12 Dec (Thu): Normal service
    13 Dec (Fri): Normal service
    14 Dec (Sat): Normal service
    15 Dec (Sun): Normal service
Coin Cart Schedule (Up to 9 February 2020)

Service hours:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(* denotes LCSD mobile library service locations)

Date Coin Cart No.1 Date Coin Cart No.2
16 Dec 2019 To
22 Dec 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Adjacent to Ching Yuk House, Tsz Ching Estate, Tsz Wan Shan
(near Ancillary Facilities Block, Tsz Ching Estate)
(Service suspended on 18 Dec (Wed))
(Service hours until 4 p.m. on 22 Dec (Sun))
16 Dec 2019 To
22 Dec 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Adjacent to Un Wai House, Un Chau Estate, Cheung Sha Wan
(Service suspended on 19 Dec (Thu) and 20 Dec (Fri))
(Service hours until 4 p.m. on 22 Dec (Sun))
23 Dec 2019 To
29 Dec 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Shui Chuen O Estate, Sha Tin
(open area with green tiles outside Long Chuen House)
(Service suspended on Tuesday 24 Dec (Tue))
23 Dec 2019 To
29 Dec 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Luk Yeung Sun Chuen, Tsuen Wan
(Podium outside YMCA)
(Service suspended on Tuesday 24 Dec (Tue))
30 Dec 2019 To
05 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Playground adjacent to Yue Tai House, Yue Wan Estate, Chai Wan
(Service suspended on 31 Dec (Tue))
30 Dec 2019 To
05 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by outside Causeway Centre on Harbour Drive, Wan Chai
(opposite to Sun Hung Kai Centre)
(Service suspended on 31 Dec (Tue))
06 Jan 2020 To
12 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Lei Yue Mun Estate, Yau Tong
(roadside adjacent to Lei Hing House)
(Service suspended on 10 Jan (Fri))
06 Jan 2020 To
12 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on King Ling Road, Tiu Keng Leng
(near Exit A1, Tiu Keng Leng MTR station)
(Service suspended on 08 Jan (Wed))
13 Jan 2020 To
19 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Wang Ngai House, Cheung Wang Estate, Tsing Yi*
(Service suspended on 15 Jan (Wed), 16 Jan (Thu) and 17 Jan (Fri))
14 Jan 2020 To
19 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Ying Yat House, Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung*
(Service suspended on 13 Jan (Mon) and 15 Jan (Wed))
20 Jan 2020 To
26 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.1
(Lunar New Year holidays and machine maintenance)
20 Jan 2020 To
26 Jan 2020
Coin Cart No.2
(Lunar New Year holidays and machine maintenance)
27 Jan 2020 To
02 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Pau Chung Street, To Kwa Wan
(near Jubilant Place)
(Service suspended on 29 Jan (Wed))
27 Jan 2020 To
02 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Hoi Ning House, Hoi Fu Court, Mong Kok*
(Service suspended on 28 Jan (Tue) and 30 Jan (Thu))
03 Feb 2020 To
09 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Road Link outside Central Piers No. 4, 5 or 6
(Service suspended on 05 Feb (Wed))
03 Feb 2020 To
09 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.2
South Horizon Drive outside Block 11, South Horizons, Ap Lei Chau
(Service suspended on 05 Feb (Wed))
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  • Service Details
    1. Coin counting machines can count coins of mixed denominations together. Customers do not need to sort their coins by denomination beforehand.
    2. To ensure smooth operation of the coin counting machines, customers should first remove all other objects and dirt among the coins. Each customer will be requested to remove any packaging and put all coins into a plastic tray provided by the customer representatives, so that objects and dirt are removed from the coins before they are counted.
    3. To maintain a smooth customer flow, each transaction is limited to around 10 kg of coins. Customers with coins in excess of 10kg are requested to have their coins weighed and put in the plastic tray for queuing again. Customers using tools, e.g. trolley, to transport large quantity of coins are required to put the tools outside the queuing area without blocking the other customers waiting for service.
    4. All coins will be returned to the customer if he or she does not agree on the counted amount. Upon the customer’s confirmation, a receipt will be issued. Counted and confirmed coins will not be returned to the customer.
    5. The customer service representatives will inspect the coins. Any other objects, or dyed, wet or mouldy coins, or coins that cannot be distinguished will be returned to the customer in order to prevent damage to the coin counting machine.
    6. Coins have to be processed by the coin counting machine before they can be accepted. Coins might be rejected by the machine due to normal wear and tear.
    7. Customers may choose to receive the equivalent amount of counted coins in cash, or upload all or part of the sum to their stored value facilities*, such as Octopus Cards or e-wallets (including AlipayHK, Octopus O! ePay, Tap&Go, TNG Wallet and WeChat Pay). There is a Community Chest donation box inside each Coin Cart to facilitate donation. (*The maximum balance of each stored value facility varies. The customer is advised to check it with the relevant operator.)
    8. The Coin Cart does not accept any coin other than Hong Kong coins. Also, it does not provide notes and coins exchange services.
  • Arrangements under extreme weather conditions

     

    Warning Signal
    in force
    at 7 a.m.

    Warning Signal
    lowered
    between 7 a.m.
    and 2 p.m.

    Warning Signal
    lowered
    after 2 p.m.

    Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above
    or
    Black Rainstorm Warning Signal

    Service suspended

    Service resumes
    within 2 hours

    Service remains
    suspended
    for the day

  • Coins accepted by Coin Carts

    Coin Collection Programme accepts the following Hong Kong coins

    • 10¢ coins of 1982 or after
    • 20¢ coins of 1975 or after
    • 50¢ coins of 1977 or after
    • $1 coins of 1978 or after
    • $2 coins of 1975 or after
    • $5 coins of 1980 or after
    • All $10 coins
  • Coin cart photos and video
    • 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

Last revision date : 09 December 2019