Free coin changing machinees in London

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  • Newbie_John
    Newbie_John Posts: 452 Forumite
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    edited 30 December 2023 at 6:15PM
    You can become Metro bank customer during your visit. Open account just for depositing coins.

    If you have them as a one off in old child jar then supermarket self checkout could do - buy something like Amazon/Argos/Sainsbury's giftcard and put the coins through.
    If you run a charity that constantly gets coins, then opening Metro account sounds very reasonable.

    I found a post from 2009 😅 it saysBarclays branches in Croydon, Hammersmith and Lewisham have them. Maybe give them a ring before going?
  • cisko65
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    cisko65 said:
    HSBC have coin machines
    But are they free for non-customer? I'll check. Thanks

    I wouldn't expect any of them to be free for non-customers.

    If you are requiring a free service, and are not happy with your current banking provider as they aren't telling you where their machines are - why not open a simple account at a branch of a different bank that does have a machine in your home area? It'll cost you nothing to open - and then you'll have what you need on the doorstep.
    Very good to know. I'll double check. Thanks
  • cisko65
    cisko65 Posts: 233 Forumite
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    You can become Metro bank customer during your visit. Open account just for depositing coins.

    If you have them as a one off in old child jar then supermarket self checkout could do - buy something like Amazon/Argos/Sainsbury's giftcard and put the coins through.
    If you run a charity that constantly gets coins, then opening Metro account sounds very reasonable.

    I found a post from 2009 😅 it saysBarclays branches in Croydon, Hammersmith and Lewisham have them. Maybe give them a ring before going?
    Thinks have changed even since 2017. Calling Metro seems the best I can do now. Thanks.
  • You can become Metro bank customer during your visit. Open account just for depositing coins.

    If you have them as a one off in old child jar then supermarket self checkout could do - buy something like Amazon/Argos/Sainsbury's giftcard and put the coins through.
    If you run a charity that constantly gets coins, then opening Metro account sounds very reasonable.

    I found a post from 2009 😅 it saysBarclays branches in Croydon, Hammersmith and Lewisham have them. Maybe give them a ring before going?
    My branch of Barclays used to have in branch machines that accepted coins many moons ago (I started banking with them in 2008). That feature was withdrawn (and the hole that you put the coins in covered over) some years ago.


  • cisko65 said:
    I know that some Barclays branches have the machinesfor free (I am a customer), but customer service is not able to tell me which branches in London do it.
    Do you know any other bank?
    Not interested in coinstar or highly charging companies.
    Thanks.
    The Kensington and Chiswick branches of Barclays had self-service machines.
    I haven't banked with them for a while but guess they'll be in other London branches. 
  • adindas
    adindas Posts: 6,813 Forumite
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    edited 30 December 2023 at 10:04PM
    Brie said:
    Our local post office won't take any coin bags that are less than full so must be 50 x 1p etc.  But once you deposit those then any of the shrapnel can be used at the supermarket. 

    Granted last time I went in with about £20 worth of coins and had to use the hated self service tills which kept thinking I wasn't doing anything so needed the assistant to unlock the transaction repeatedly.   And it was a case of drop in 1p (wait 3 seconds) 1p (wait 3 seconds) 1p (wait 3 seconds) as doing it too quickly just got the coins rejected.  Also caused a massive queue as while there are 10 self service tills I think there is only 1 that takes cash and it took me about 20+ minutes to pay.  Lots of cranky people!!!

    I thought based on he British Coinage Act (1971) states that 1p and 2p coins are only legal tender up to the value of 20 pence. However, there is an exception you can use more coins if the person you’re paying is willing to accept them.

    I noticed that in the Tesco self check machine you could no longer pay using 1p, 2p. Similarly with TFL self ticket machine. You could pay with 5p but not with 1p or 2p

    I wonder apart from Post office which shop self check out machines are still accepting 1p, 2p coin ?

  • adindas
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    edited 31 December 2023 at 11:09AM
    EnPointe said:
    adindas said:
    Brie said:
    Our local post office won't take any coin bags that are less than full so must be 50 x 1p etc.  But once you deposit those then any of the shrapnel can be used at the supermarket. 

    Granted last time I went in with about £20 worth of coins and had to use the hated self service tills which kept thinking I wasn't doing anything so needed the assistant to unlock the transaction repeatedly.   And it was a case of drop in 1p (wait 3 seconds) 1p (wait 3 seconds) 1p (wait 3 seconds) as doing it too quickly just got the coins rejected.  Also caused a massive queue as while there are 10 self service tills I think there is only 1 that takes cash and it took me about 20+ minutes to pay.  Lots of cranky people!!!

    I thought based on he British Coinage Act (1971) states that 1p and 2p coins are only legal tender up to the value of 20 pence. However, there is an exception you can use more coins if the person you’re paying is willing to accept them.

    I noticed that in the Tesco self check machine you could no longer pay using 1p, 2p. Similarly with TFL self ticket machine. You could pay with 5p but not with 1p or 2p

    I wonder apart from Post office which shop self check out machines are still accepting 1p, 2p coin ?

    legal tender irrelevant except in settlement of a debt 

    https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/explainers/what-is-legal-tender
    From the authoritative link provided, I could see that it is within the shop right to accept any method of payment including to only accept payments in Pokémon cards. But is it not the case that the shop will only accept the 1p, 2p if the bank will still accept it, they could still save it into the banks (?).
    I wonder how could a person know that 1p, 2p is still accepted by other bank or mainly the BoE. Is there any site where we could check this ??


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