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.

Precautionary measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when the Coin Cart services are resumed on 11 May 2020

  1. Frequently touched areas of the coin carts, such as door knobs and handrails, will be disinfected regularly;
  2. Hand sanitizers will be provided to users;
  3. User’s body temperature will be checked before entering the Coin Carts; only users with normal body temperature will be allowed access into the Coin Carts;
  4. Users must wear masks at any time inside the Coin Carts; and
  5. Appropriate queuing arrangement to minimise group gathering will be implemented; users queuing outside the Coin Carts will have to maintain appropriate distance apart with each other.

Coin Cart Location

Service hours:10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Coin Cart No.1
    Date: 29 Jun 2020 (Mon) To 05 Jul 2020 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on Wednesday 1 July)
    District: North District

    Lung Sum Lane, Sheung Shui
    (between Metropolis Plaza and Lung Fung Garden)

     

    29 June (Mon): Normal Service
    30 June (Tue): Normal Service
    1 July (Wed): Service suspended
    2 July (Thu): Normal Service
    3 July (Fri): Normal Service
    4 July (Sat): Normal Service
    5 July (Sun): Normal Service
  • Coin Cart No.2
    Date:29 Jun 2020 (Mon) To 05 Jul 2020 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on Wednesday 1 July and Thursday 2 July)
    District: Tai Po District

    Near Wan Lam House, Wan Tau Tong Shopping Centre, Wan Tau Tong Estate*

     

    29 June (Mon): Normal Service
    30 June (Tue): Normal Service
    1 July (Wed): Service suspended
    2 July (Thu): Service suspended
    3 July (Fri): Normal Service
    4 July (Sat): Normal Service
    5 July (Sun): Normal Service
Coin Cart Schedule (Up to 23 August 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
06 Jul 2020 To
12 Jul 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Lok Tung House, Lok Fu Estate, Lok Fu
(Service suspended on Wednesday 8 July and Friday 10 July)
06 Jul 2020 To
12 Jul 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lai Tin House, Pak Tin Estate, Shek Kip Mei
(Lay-by on Pak Tin Street)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 8 July and Friday 10 July)
13 Jul 2020 To
19 Jul 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Fu Pik House, Tai Wo Hau Estate, Kwai Chung*
(Service suspended on Thursday 16 July)
13 Jul 2020 To
19 Jul 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Outside Tung Chung Health Centre, Fu Tung Estate, Tung Chung
(Service suspended on Wednesday 15 July)
20 Jul 2020 To
26 Jul 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Block 6, Shing Man Lane, Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan*
(Service suspended on Friday 24 July and Saturday 25 July)
20 Jul 2020 To
26 Jul 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on 53 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley
(Service suspended on Wednesday 22 July)
27 Jul 2020 To
02 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Ying Fu House, Choi Ying Estate, Kowloon Bay*
(Service suspended on Friday 31 July)
27 Jul 2020 To
02 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Chan Man Street, Sai Kung Central
(near Sai Kung Government Offices)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 29 July)
03 Aug 2020 To
06 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Mei Shek House, Shek Mun Estate ,Sha Tin
(Service suspended on Friday 7 August, Saturday 8 August and Sunday 9 August)
03 Aug 2020 To
09 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on Yuen Tun Circuit, Tsuen Wan
(near Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 5 August)
11 Aug 2020 To
16 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Hong Ching House, Kai Ching Estate, Kowloon City*
(Service suspended on Monday 10 August and Friday 14 August)
10 Aug 2020 To
16 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by outside Langham Place on Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
(near Argyle Street junction)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 12 August)
(Service hours until 12 noon on Saturday 15 August)
17 Aug 2020 To
23 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Sai Wan
(opposite to 42-56 Forbes Street)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 19 August)
17 Aug 2020 To
23 Aug 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lei Tung Estate, Ap Lei Chau

Tung Ping House*:
Monday 17 August
Tuesday 18 August
Sunday 23 August

Tung Mau House:
Thursday 20 August
Friday 21 August
Saturday 22 August

(Service suspended on Wednesday 19 August)
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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 : 29 June 2020