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: 14 Oct 2019 (Mon) To 20 Oct 2019 (Sun)
    District: Wong Tai Sin District

    Rome Square adjacent to Block 3, Rhythm Garden, San Po Kong
    (Service suspended on Wednesday 16 October)

  • Coin Cart No.2

    Date: 14 Oct 2019 (Mon) To 20 Oct 2019 (Sun)
    District: Sham Shui Po District

    Adjacent to Blocks 14 and 16, Nassau Street, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok:
    Monday 14 October
    Tuesday 15 October
    Wednesday 16 October

    Adjacent to Blocks 48 and 50, Broadway, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok:
    Friday 18 October
    Saturday 19 October
    Sunday 20 October
    (Service suspended on Thursday 17 October)

Coin Cart Schedule (Up to 1 Dec 2019)

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
21 Oct 2019 To
27 Oct 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Lay-by on Kwai Hing Road, Kwai Chung
(near Kwai Fung House, Kwai Chun Court)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 23 October)
21 Oct 2019 To
27 Oct 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Outside Tung Chung Health Centre, Fu Tung Estate, Tung Chung
(Service suspended on Wednesday 23 October)
28 Oct 2019 To
03 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Yat Sing Mansion, Tai Hong Street, Lei King
Wan, Sai Wan Ho*
(Service suspended on Friday 1 November)
28 Oct 2019 To
03 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Lay-by on 53 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley
(Service suspended on Wednesday 30 October)
04 Nov 2019 To
10 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Tsui Ying House, Tsui Ping (South) Estate*
(Service suspended on Tuesday 5 November)
05 Nov 2019 To
10 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Tak Chak House, Hau Tak Estate, Tseung Kwan O*
(Service suspended on Monday 4 November and Friday 8 November)
11 Nov 2019 To
17 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Amphitheatre, Lee On Estate Phase III, Ma On Shan
(Service suspended on Wednesday 13 November)
12 Nov 2019 To
17 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Adjacent to Block 5, Hongkong Garden, Tsing Lung Tau
(Service suspended on Monday 11 November and Friday 15 November)
18 Nov 2019 To
24 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Ho Man Tin Estate, Ho Man Tin
(between Yee Man House and Yat Man House)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 20 November)
18 Nov 2019 To
24 Nov 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Roadside outside Haiphong Road Temporary Market, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(near the cover of flyover)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 20 November)
25 Nov 2019 To
01 Dec 2019
Coin Cart No.1
Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Sai Wan
(opposite to 42-56 Forbes Street)
(Service suspended on Wednesday 27 November)
25 Nov 2019 To
01 Dec 2019
Coin Cart No.2
Tin Lai House, Tin Wan Estate, Aberdeen*
(Service suspended on Wednesday 27 November)
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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 : 14 October 2019