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: 13 Jan 2020 (Mon) To 19 Jan 2020 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on Wednesday 15 January, Thursday 16 January and Friday 17 January)
    District: Kwai Tsing District

    Wang Ngai House, Cheung Wang Estate, Tsing Yi*

    13 Jan (Mon): Normal service
    14 Jan (Tue): Normal service
    15 Jan (Wed): Service suspended
    16 Jan (Thu): Service suspended
    17 Jan (Fri): Service suspended
    18 Jan (Sat): Normal service
    19 Jan (Sun): Normal service
  • Coin Cart No.2
    Date:14 Jan 2020 (Tue) To 19 Jan 2020 (Sun)
    (Service suspended on Monday 13 January and Wednesday 15 January)
    (Service hours until 12 noon on Saturday 18 January)
    District: Islands District

    Ying Yat House, Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung*

    13 Jan (Mon): Service suspended
    14 Jan (Tue): Normal service
    15 Jan (Wed): Service suspended
    16 Jan (Thu): Normal service
    17 Jan (Fri): Normal service
    18 Jan (Sat): Service hours until 12 noon
    19 Jan (Sun): Normal service
Coin Cart Schedule (Up to 12 April 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
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 Wednesday 29 January)
27 Jan 2020 To
02 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Hoi Ning House, Hoi Fu Court, Mong Kok*
(Service suspended on Tuesday 28 January and Thursday 30 January)
03 Feb 2020 To
09 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Road Link outside Central Piers No. 4, 5 or 6
(Service suspended on Wednesday 5 February)
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 Wednesday 5 February)
10 Feb 2020 To
16 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Ching Yuet House, Tin Ching Estate, Tin Shui Wai*
(Service suspended on Thursday 13 February)
10 Feb 2020 To
16 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Siu Fai House, Siu Hong Court, Tuen Mun*
(Service suspended on Wednesday 12 February)
17 Feb 2020 To
23 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Ching Chiu House, Ching Ho Estate, Sheung Shui*
(Service suspended on Tuesday 18 February and Wednesday 19 February)
17 Feb 2020 To
23 Feb 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Kwong Yau House, Kwong Fuk Estate, Tai Po*
(Service suspended on Tuesday 18 February and Wednesday 19 February)
24 Feb 2020 To
01 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Wang Fai House, Wang Tau Hom Estate, Lok Fu
(Service suspended on Wednesday 26 February)
24 Feb 2020 To
01 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Fu Wong House, Fu Cheong Estate, Sham Shui Po*
(Service suspended on Friday 28 February)
03 Mar 2020 To
08 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Kwai Shing East Estate, Kwai Chung

Shing On House*:
Tuesday 3 March

Shing Fu House:
Wednesday 4 March
Thursday 5 March
Friday 6 March
Saturday 7 March
Sunday 8 March
(Service suspended on Monday 2 March)
02 Mar 2020 To
08 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Adjacent to Ying Yuet House, Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung
(Service suspended on Wednesday 4 March)
09 Mar 2020 To
15 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Oi Yuk House, Oi Tung Estate, Shau Kei Wan*
(Service suspended on Thursday 12 March)
09 Mar 2020 To
15 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on Lau Sin Street, Tin Hau
(near Exit A2, Tin Hau MTR station)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 11 March)
16 Mar 2020 To
22 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Open area adjacent to Estate Office, Shun Tin Estate, Kwun Tong
(near Tin Fai House)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 18 March)
16 Mar 2020 To
22 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Ming Toa House, Ming Tak Estate, Tseung Kwan O*
(Service suspended on Tuesday 17 March)
24 Mar 2020 To
29 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Hin Yeung House, Hin Keng Estate, Shatin*
(Service suspended on Monday 23 March)
23 Mar 2020 To
29 Mar 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Parking area adjacent to Kin Shue House, Lei Muk Shue Estate, Tsuen Wan
Monday 23 March
Tuesday 24 March
Wednesday 25 March

Shell Piazza adjacent to Block 5, Park Island, Ma Wan
Friday 27 March
Saturday 28 March
Sunday 29 March
(Service suspended on Thursday 26 March)
31 Mar 2020 To
05 Apr 2020
Coin Cart No.1
G/F., Podium in Site 5, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom*
(Service suspended on Monday 30 March)
30 Mar 2020 To
05 Apr 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(near K11)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 1 April)
06 Apr 2020 To
12 Apr 2020
Coin Cart No.1
Lay-by outside 118 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
(Lay-by near Sheung Wan Cultural Square*)
(Service suspended on Tuesday 7 April)
06 Apr 2020 To
12 Apr 2020
Coin Cart No.2
Outside Aberdeen Centre Site 3, Nam Ning Street, Aberdeen
(opposite to Hoi Chun Court)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 8 April)
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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 : 15 January 2020