Leftover Foreign Coins
What to do with your leftover foreign coins?
Traveling abroad means paying in a foreign currency. In exchange
for your well known local currency, you will be given an exotic
collection of notes and coins. Getting used to the notes is the
easy part. The coins often prove to be the real challenge. As
a result you might, when asked to pay a small bill, decide to
pay with a banknote and be done with it. And so after a few days
your pockets will be stuffed with loose change. What to do with
those leftover foreign coins? Here are some useful tips and tricks.
Spend your foreign coins abroad
Banks and exchange offices at home will not buy back your
left over travel money coins. Therefore, the smartest thing to
do is to spend your coins while you are abroad. Preferably, try
to familiarize yourself with the foreign coins and notes before
your departure: This way you will avoid paying with large denomination
bills in "panic situations" at the counter. Many local
shopkeepers will gladly change your coins to notes. Airport shops
are a great place to spend your final coins.
Exchange your foreign coins from home
In case you took home some foreign coins, there are exchange
offices specialized in the exchange of foreign coins. One of
them, the one with the best exchange rates for foreign coins,
is LeftoverCurrency.com. The exchange process is easy: You send
in your coins along with an exchange form by post. A few days
later the exchange value is paid via PayPal, bank transfer or
cheque. LeftoverCurrency.com also accepts pre-Euro coins.
Exchange your foreign
coins with LeftoverCurrency.com
Keep your foreign coins for later
If you might revisit the same country in the future, consider
storing your leftover coins for later use. Many people have a
drawer or jar with foreign coins. They might come in handy in
the future, or they might end up as a nice souvenir.
Donate your leftover foreign coins to charity
Another way to dispose of your foreign coins is to donate
them to charity. Through the Change for Good ® program, millions
of people have donated their unused foreign coins and banknotes
to support UNICEF.