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    Verbrannt16
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    Changing Euro coins to notes
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    • 27th Aug 12, 1:50 PM
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    Changing Euro coins to notes 27th Aug 12 at 1:50 PM
    Hello all,

    I live in Northern Ireland and have amassed a large amount of change in Euros (coppers, 10-50 cents etc) over the last few years. I'm going to France this weekend so I'm intending to use some of it up, but I was wondering if there was anywhere I could get my Euro coins exchanged for Euro notes, if possible, as I do have quite a few heavy bags of coins. I'm not sure a foreign exchange would be appropriate as I'm not actually looking to convert the currency. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 27th Aug 12, 2:12 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:12 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:12 PM
    Ask nicely in any shops or supermarkets you use: they might be grateful for a supply of change. Or just visit a bank.
  • Verbrannt16
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:20 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:20 PM
    I wasn't sure if any supermarkets here would have a significant number of Euro notes available; I know Tesco's will accept payment in Euro notes but will give change in sterling or something along those lines. Banks of course would have them but not sure if they would help as technically it's not an exchange so no commission? It's no big deal to bring the change with me of course but notes would be much handier! Thanks for your reply.
    • joerugby
    • By joerugby 27th Aug 12, 2:22 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:22 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:22 PM
    banks in the UK won't be very helpful

    Are you close enough to pop over the border and spend them?
  • Verbrannt16
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:34 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:34 PM
    Unfortunately I'm not close to the border at all. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with those Coinstar machines here? I'm not even sure if they'll take Euro change though, probably just sterling.
    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 27th Aug 12, 2:42 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:42 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 2:42 PM
    Banks in the UK have no interest in euro coins

    I've seen machines that will convert euro coins to sterling - the last time I recall being on a cross channel ferry a few years back. Coinstar (unless they are different in NI) won't be any use

    I think the supermarket suggestion was once in France.
  • Verbrannt16
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    • 27th Aug 12, 3:28 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 3:28 PM
    Ah of course - forgive me, I'm obviously half asleep! Bringing the change with me probably the best thing to do then, thanks again for your replies everyone.
    • liney
    • By liney 27th Aug 12, 5:14 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 5:14 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 5:14 PM
    I took over £60 euros in change on holiday this year and got rid of it within a couple of days. People appreciated the change to be honest and it was suprisingly light compared to sterling coins.
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    • markwilkinson
    • By markwilkinson 27th Aug 12, 7:32 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 7:32 PM
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    • 27th Aug 12, 7:32 PM
    I echo what others have said, just take them with you. Coins seem to be in short supply on the Continent. Tipping can often be a nightmare , most times we end up leaving too little or too much, through lack of coins.
    • Tarry
    • By Tarry 28th Aug 12, 6:04 PM
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    Banks in the UK have no interest in euro coins

    I've seen machines that will convert euro coins to sterling - the last time I recall being on a cross channel ferry a few years back. Coinstar (unless they are different in NI) won't be any use

    I think the supermarket suggestion was once in France.
    Originally posted by dzug1
    I've seen them on the ferries, but I have found sometimes you can change coins on the ferry, but that doesn't really help much. I've got a few coins, but put them to one side for France/Ireland, as I always find having coins handy.
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