Im an accidental Numismatic. Over the course of +3 years, ive been collecting all the 1,2 and 5 Cent coins that have crossed my path. What do you do with these coins? Finnland, The Netherlands and Belgium all have abolished their public use (while they are still legal tender, they arent given out as change) – or so wikipedia has led me to believe. Ive never really had any use for them aside from maybe using the 5 cent coins in on of the BVG Machines in the Tram or giving my change to one of the MOZ Sellers on the S-Bahn. So what else to do than dump them dutifully into an empty liquorice tin?
So fast forward 3 years and the liquorice tin had reached max capacity. Out of curiosity I decided to dump all the change into a ziplock bag and weigh it. 4 Kilos worth of 1,2 and 5 Cent coins. Thats a lot of useless money lying around. But how much? Using the help of wikipedia to determine how much a 1,2 and 5 cent coin weigh, I deducted that
4 Kilos of 1 cent coins would be worth €17,39
4 Kilos of 2 cent coins would be worth €26,14
4 Kilos of 5 cent coins would be worth €51,02
Sweet! So I could expect to net at least €17 if I somehow managed to cash this money in.
But can you just take all this cash and dump it at the bank and exchange your change for paper money?
Now depending on which Bank you belong to youve got the following options
Postbank, Deutsche Bank (anything aside from the Sparkassen):
If youre a customer of one of these Banks youve just pulled the short straw. You will need sort, count and wrap up these coins before they will exchange your coppers into paper money. Though shit. On the upside the banks will give you the paper rolls for free.
If you are a lucky Commerzbank Customer, its Branches all have a machine where you can pay in your Notes AND Change. I do wonder that the limit of change it accepts is!
H/T to Ksenya and @inzuam !
Each Sparkasse seems to handle it differently. Some will take your change and count it for you and give you paper money in return. Other Sparkassen take your coinage, seal it up and send it away and then transfer the money onto your Bank Account. And yet others will deal with your change like the aforementioned Banks and force you to sort, count and roll up your change.
To be quite frank
But wait! Theres another option!
You can just straight roll up to the Bundesbank – the mother of all German (and European) Banks -with your bag of change, unsorted and uncounted, and they will do it all for you free of charge. The only snag here is that the Bundesbank is open to the Public from Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm.
Sitting on 4 Kilos worth of change was motivation enough for me head over to the Bundesbank on a Monday morning. Beats sitting at home sorting through filthy change. Sadly though my wife thought it to be a good idea to dump every random coin she had lying around into the can. Some coins were easier to filter out – others were not.
Like with any good German Institution you get to draw a number and wait the minute you step foot into the Bundesbank. So you sit there and wait and watch people hobble up the staircase – each with a distinctive limp. It took me a few minutes to figure out why, until it dawned upon me that they were all limping due to the excessive coinage that they were carying with them. After getting called up, you get invited into a small both with about 15 Security cameras and some bulletproof glass. You get to dump all your change into a tupaware box and slide it through a security chamber. After dissapearing into the background with the box of change, the friendly bank man returns with some new hard currency.
So what did I end up getting for my 4 Kilos worth of change?
A grand whopping total of €33.12
So heres to the next 3 years of collecting coins.