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 17 September 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: 19 Oct 2020 (Mon) To 25 Oct 2020 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on Tuesday 20 October)
    District: Central and Western District

    Lay-by outside 118 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
    (Lay-by near Sheung Wan Cultural Square*)

     

    19 October (Mon): Normal Service
    20 October (Tue): Service Suspended
    21 October (Wed): Normal Service
    22 October (Thu): Normal Service
    23 October (Fri): Normal Service
    24 October (Sat): Normal Service
    25 October (Sun): Normal Service
  • Coin Cart No.2
    Date:19 Oct 2020 (Mon) To 25 Oct 2020 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on Wednesday 21 October)
    District: Southern District

    Outside Aberdeen Centre Site 3, Nam Ning Street, Aberdeen
    (opposite to Hoi Chun Court)

     

    19 October (Mon): Normal Service
    20 October (Tue): Normal Service
    21 October (Wed): Service Suspended
    22 October (Thu): Normal Service
    23 October (Fri): Normal Service
    24 October (Sat): Normal Service
    25 October (Sun): Normal Service
Coin Cart Schedule (Up to 10 January 2021)

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
26 Oct 2020 To
01 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Lay-by outside Grand Regentville, Wo Mun Street, Fanling
(Service suspended on Wednesday 28 October)
26 Oct 2020 To
01 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Tin King Estate, Tuen Mun
(between Tin Lok House and Leung Tin Sports Centre)
(Service suspended on Friday 30 October)
02 Nov 2020 To
08 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Lay-by on Tai Wo Road, Tai Po
(near Greenery Plaza)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 4 November)
02 Nov 2020 To
08 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Carpark entrance of the Ancillary Facilities Block, Tin Wah Estate, Tin Shui Wai*
(Service suspended on Saturday 7 November)
09 Nov 2020 To
15 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Pau Chung Street, To Kwa Wan
(near Jubilant Place)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 11 November)
09 Nov 2020 To
15 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on 53 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley
(Service suspended on Wednesday 11 November)
16 Nov 2020 To
22 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Road Link outside Central Piers No. 4, 5 or 6
(Service suspended on Wednesday 18 November)
16 Nov 2020 To
22 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Chan Man Street, Sai Kung Central
(near Sai Kung Government Offices)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 18 November)
23 Nov 2020 To
29 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Open parking area between Hong Sau House and Hong Tak House, Tsz Hong Estate, Tsz Wan Shan
(Adjacent to Yan Wah Street)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 25 November)
23 Nov 2020 To
29 Nov 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Open area between Cheong Yat House and Cheong Shun House, Nam Cheong Estate, Sham Shui Po
(Service suspended on Friday 27 November)
30 Nov 2020 To
06 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Fu Pik House, Tai Wo Hau Estate, Kwai Chung*
(Service suspended on Thursday 3 December)
30 Nov 2020 To
06 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Outside Tung Chung Health Centre, Fu Tung Estate, Tung Chung
(Service suspended on Wednesday 2 December)
07 Dec 2020 To
13 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Block 6, Shing Man Lane, Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan*
(Service suspended on Friday 11 December and Saturday 12 December)
07 Dec 2020 To
13 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.2
(Machine maintenance)
14 Dec 2020 To
20 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Open area adjacent to Estate Office, Shun Tin Estate, Kwun Tong
(near Tin Fai House)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 16 December)
14 Dec 2020 To
20 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.2
(Machine maintenance)
22 Dec 2020 To
27 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Open area adjacent to Tak Wo House, Wo Che Estate, Sha Tin
(near Shun Wo House)
(Service suspended on Monday 21 December)
(Service hours until 4 p.m. on Thursday 24 December)
22 Dec 2020 To
27 Dec 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Kwan Mun Hau Street, Tsuen Wan
(near Panda Hotel)
(Service suspended on Monday 21 December)
(Service hours until 4 p.m. on Thursday 24 December)
28 Dec 2020 To
03 Jan 2021
Coin Cart No.1
(Machine maintenance)
28 Dec 2020 To
03 Jan 2021
Coin Cart No.2
Hoi Ning House, Hoi Fu Court, Mong Kok*
(Service suspended on Tuesday 29 December and Thursday 31 December)
04 Jan 2021 To
10 Jan 2021
Coin Cart No.1
(Machine maintenance)
04 Jan 2021 To
10 Jan 2021
Coin Cart No.2
Tin Lai House, Tin Wan Estate, Aberdeen*
Monday 4 January
Tuesday 5 January
Thursday 7 January

Piazza of Shek Pai Wan Estate, Aberdeen
(near Pik Yuen House)
Friday 8 January
Saturday 9 January
Sunday 10 January

(Service suspended on Wednesday 6 January)
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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 : 19 October 2020