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British holidaymakers have £2.7 billion worth of unused currency

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by Ian Stormnet

It has been revealed that households in the UK could be sitting on a goldmine worth over more than £2.7 billion.

The nation’s 34.8 million holidaymakers on average bring home around £78 worth of leftover foreign currency after every holiday. Collectively added up annually, the amount is a staggering £2.7billion of leftover coins and notes sitting idle.

On average British holidaymakers take approximately £1400 spending money when travelling abroad. The £78 leftover cash is usually the cost of a meal or perhaps an excursion. However, regular travellers among us usually fail to use leftover currency as they feel it is not a considerable amount, so they fail to spend it.

Buy back rates can be poor and could result in you being short changed. Even selling on to a friend or family member may not be the best option.  If the amount is small, many charities are now accepting this currency as part of their fundraising.

Leftover foreign currency and old UK coins and notes are an easy way to raise valuable funds for charities and non-profit organisations. Banks will not change foreign coins or small denomination banknotes which means that many people have unwanted foreign coins and notes that could be going to waste.

Here at Cash4Coins we offer a coin sorting facility where we will buy back the currency and change it into cash. We want to help charities continue with the outstanding range of help and support services for people who have terminal illness. You can help too by donating any leftover foreign currency as well as old British and Irish coins and notes.

We work with many charitable organisations, banks, airports and large companies to buy back leftover coins and notes.

Exchange Your Old Foreign Notes Today

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

Out of circulation? No problem! We can help you exchange them before it’s to late.

As the excitement for the next £5 note and £1 coin calms down, we look at when they are discontinued and what you can do to keep those penny’s safe so you can still get your money’s worth. As well as this, we will let you know what exactly is old but still exchangeable for now, so you still have time to get your soon to be expired coins and notes into us.

UK £5 Notes

As you’re probably aware, the change-over in fiver’s from paper to plastic saw the UK going into meltdown… Literally. The so-called indestructible plastic note that saw people trying to tear, melt and even use them to play through a vinyl player! However, you may not be aware that the old beloved fiver note has now been discontinued. Do not fear, we are still happy to exchange these for you!

Cypriot Pounds

Now, you may be less familiar with the news that the Cypriot pounds will no longer be accepted after 31st December 2017. If you have holidayed abroad to the beautiful country of Cyrpus in the last 9 years, you may be aware that the Cypriot Pound was swapped for the Euro in 2008. Now, if you happen to find a few of these lying around in old suitcase, under the sofa or in the ‘junk’ drawer then please don’t forget to contact us before December 31st!


Spanish Pesetas

Whilst this one is a little less urgent, it is still crucial you get your left over Spanish Pesetas before December 31st 2020 (that gives you 2 and a half years of rummaging!) The Spanish Peseta has changed considerably over the years with a changeover in the 1980’s from old chunky notes, to notes that were designed around a modern era and had features such as the security thread and florescent fibres, as well as the large engraved images of history figureheads. However, these were changed again in the early 90’s, introducing American figureheads on to their currency as well as Spanish, to celebrate the fifth centenary anniversary of the discovery of ‘modern’ American. These notes included even more security features, including that of the advanced lithographic ink. This ink helps to detect fraud when an ultraviolet light is placed over them. They even had a feature added that helped people with impaired vision to distinguish the notes through embossed marks. These advanced notes then paved way for the new Euro notes that were introduced into Spain in 2002.


Using this as a gentle reminder, get searching and collecting those unused, unwanted coins and notes and send them over to us whilst you still have time! If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch with us at Cash4Coins so we can help you get the most out of your exchange.

UK Households Unearth More Than £3.79 Billion in Lost Change & Foreign Currency Each Year

Posted on: July 6th, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

A UK study has revealed that the average British home harbours more than £140 in “lost” UK sterling and foreign change. The sides of the sofa, clothing pockets and the back of drawers are the most likely areas to uncover forgotten cash. 


New research has found that Britons have three different types of foreign currency at home from previous trips abroad at any one time. Euros, US Dollars and Turkish Lira were revealed as the most common kinds of international notes and coins unknowingly hidden in the average UK property. 

The team at polled 2,948 British adults aged 18 and over as part of the study into hidden finances of the average UK home. Participants polled were spread evenly across each of the UK regions, with all those taking part currently renting or owning their own property. 

Firstly, all respondents were asked how often they found loose change (UK or foreign notes and coins) in unexpected areas of their home, with the vast majority (93%) admitting that this happened to them on weekly basis. When these individuals were then asked to estimate how much was found during each discovery, the average amount emerged as £2.70, equating to £140.40 over the course of a year. Taking into account the total number of households within the UK (27.1 million*) this would equate to £3.79 billion found across the entirety of British homes each year. 

Everyone taking part was then given an extensive list of possible answers and asked to state the areas that they’d previously uncovered forgotten change (coins and/or notes) in their homes, with the five most common answers emerging as follows: 

1.       Down the side of a sofa/under cushions – 72%

2.       Inside clothes pockets – 64%

3.       At the back of drawers – 49%

4.       Under the bed – 22%

5.       Inside pots and/or ornaments (e.g. vases) – 16%

Participants were given the option of ‘other’ in order to add in some of the more unusual locations they’d found hidden change in their homes. From this, researchers uncovered that a total of nine participants had found loose change hidden in a pet’s bed, while seven respondents managed to retrieve money that had been dropped into their toilet bowl. 

When asked if foreign currency from travelling abroad had been amongst the loose change found around their home within the last year, more than three quarters of respondents (77%) admitted that it had been. Of these, the majority (84%) stated that they’d forgotten they had the currency following their return from foreign trips, as there wasn’t enough to convert back into UK sterling. The most common foreign currencies unearthed in UK homes emerged as Euros (78%), US Dollars (23%) and Turkish Lira (19%).

Kirsty O’Sullivan, spokesperson for, said:

“Finding a little unexpected treasure at the bottom of your sock drawer or down the side of your sofa can be a thrill – depending on how much you discover.” 

And with that, we encourage you to have a rummage behind your sofas, under the bed and definitely under where ‘X’ marks the spot in your garden (who knew that was there?). And if you happen to come across those coins that you have no use for, then why not give us a call, so we can help you shift that unwanted currency!

Hospital Fundraising Ideas

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

Super fast and simple hospital fundraising ideas…

Here at Cash4coins we receive a lot of enquiries regarding hospital fundraising ideas. We have assisted many hospitals in the UK raise the much needed funds they are looking for by exchanging unwanted currency that they have collected.  Arranging a foreign coin donation is a great way of making money with the least amount of effort and you won’t need to spend any of your money on this type of fundraising.  Simply set up a clearly marked coin collection area and you are ready to go!

You’ll be surprised how many people have lots of foreign and old coins at home just sitting doing nothing useful, but thanks to Cash4Coins and our hospital fundraising ideas, you can now make use of these coins and put them to good use around your hospital.  New equipment, training for staff or new books for your children’s ward – these are just some of the things our hospital customers have spent their converted cash on.

Our team offers a service second to none when it comes to exchanging foreign currency. We are here to help you every step of the way to ensure you’re collection is a successful one. We offer FREE help and advice and have organised very successful foreign coin collections for a number of large NHS trusts and hospitals who have raised thousands of pounds in revenue.

Once your collection is complete you simply send it to us, we will then count and recount it, in order to ensure you receive the maximum value for your currency. What’s more if your currency weighs over 5kg’s Cash4 coins will arrange for the coins to be collected free of charge. Go to our page ‘How to send us coins‘ for full details.

To see just how good our service is please check out our customer comments page.  We have helped many of our customers to get the best from their fundraising events through the donation of foreign coins and we could do the same for you.  Many people do not know that they can change foreign coins for Sterling as it is not a service the banks offer.  That’s what makes us so unique and convenient and our team is standing by right now to count and sort your coins.

Many large groups and charities are now organising currency collections within their organisations very successfully. It works especially well and is one of the best hospital fundraising ideas due to the amount of visitors passing through the doors each day that the appeal can go to. There is so much unwanted currency that people have stashed away in their homes that is just going to waste, so it’s a great way to make use of it.

Our team are always available to help with hospital fundraising ideas so give us a call today. There really is nothing to lose. If you’re not happy with the offer we make for you’re currency we will even return you’re collection to you free of charge. Call today for more information or e-mail us at

Exchange US Dollars

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

Exchange US Dollars for Pounds Sterling or Euros

With all the thousands of people who travel to the USA for holidays and business there are now lots of US Dollars and cents that are brought back to the UK and never exchanged into Sterling. This is because UK Banks will NOT exchange low denomination currency and in particular foreign coins back into Sterling. This is down to the huge expense in counting, sorting and repatriating the currency.

However, here at Cash 4 Coins we will exchange US Dollars and cents back into sterling for you. The service is very fast and simple – you package up your US Dollar notes and coins and post them to us, we count and sort them and e-mail you a valuation. If you are happy with this (you can decline and have the dollars and cents returned) then we will then pay you electronically into your bank account or PayPal account if you prefer – it really is that simple to exchange US dollars into Sterling.

You can see our step by step guide to how it works on our web page ‘How to send us coins‘.  It really couldn’t be easier for you to exchange US dollars and thanks to our many local drop off points, you can simply drop off your coins and leave us to do the rest. If your coin collection is over 10KG (you never know, it might be!) we will arrange for our secure courier to come and collect your coins from you absolutely FREE of charge!  So why not see what US currency you have lying around.  If you are lucky enough to go on many US business trips or holidays you are bound to have lots of coins and notes hanging around.  Check in purses, suitcases, pockets and drawers and you’ll be surprised what you can find.

In addition to our service for US Dollars we’ll exchange all foreign coins and currency. We’ll also change the old pre-decimal coins and well as the old British and Irish coins.

We exchange coins for hospitals, schools, charities, clubs, businesses, airports and attractions – as well as for lots of private individuals looking to cash in their coins.  Don’t try to change these coins up at your local bank because this is not a service they have to offer.  Instead, send your coins to the experts at Cash4Coins and we will be happy to do the rest.  We don’t even need you to sort or count your coins as we do that for you.  Then, in a matter of days, you could have the exchanged money in your bank or PayPal account. That’s money that you might not have used otherwise.

Many people will club together with friend and colleagues to organise a fundraising coin collection – and as we accept ANY NOTES AND COINS in any denomination or currency then you can turn those worthless coins back into cash! If you’d like to exchange US Dollars, cents or any currency then please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

Exchange Swiss Francs

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

Exchange Swiss Francs into Pounds Sterling or Euros…

If you have left over Swiss Francs that you can’t change into Sterling then use our service at Cash 4 Coins. We exchange Swiss Francs back into £GBP – our service is fast and easy to use and you get to change that unwanted currency into useful Sterling!

To see just how simple it is please take a loom at the simple step by step guide on the page ‘How to send us your coins‘  Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to exchange Swiss Francs into Sterling or the currency they desire. We can also change Euros into Sterling and old British coins into US dollars.  The choice really is yours!

The bank will obviously not change obsolete coins into Sterling or any other currency for you, but we can.  For the banks, this is a huge logistical undertaking and not really worth their while, but because we specialise in the exchange of Swiss Francs and many other currencies we are always happy to help.  In fact, our team has a vast knowledge of coins in circulation now and also those that are no longer legal tender.  Whether you have old Swiss Francs or obsolete British or Irish coins, we can help you to make use of this otherwise useless money.

As you’d imagine the Swiss Franc is the currency of Switzerland but not many people know that it’s also the currency of Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein is also allowed to mint it’s own coins, however this is only usually done for special occasions and commemorations. The Swiss Franc has traditionally been on of the worlds most stable currencies to to the fact that 40% of the currency in general circulation is covered by gold reserves.

The Swiss Franc was unregulated up until half way through the 19th century and was often perceived as complex and variable. This is because many areas within the country produced their own versions of the coins as well as private banks producing their own banknotes.

Many people have collected various foreign coins and banknotes over the years from holidays and work trips abroad – UK Banks will not change the coins back into Sterling so people are left with unused and worthless foreign currency sat in a ‘change jar’ or ‘junk drawer’. However our service will liberate your unwanted coins and turn them into cold hard cash! We work with all currencies and will exchange Swiss Francs, Euro coins and notes, US and Canadian Dollars, Krona, Pesetas and in fact any currency.

So if you’ve collected a load of Swiss Francs from trips to Switzerland and want to get some money for them then use our foreign currency buying service. We will exchange Swiss Francs and turn them into £ for you.  Why not take a look around your home now or club together with friends and family to exchange Swiss Francs in the most convenient way possible.  Turn this worthless metal into money in the bank that you can use!

Exchange Peseta Coins

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

Exchange Spanish Peseta coins and notes.

Exchange Peseta coins today. If you have left over Spanish Pesetas then why not change them into a currency that you can use by trying us out here at Cash 4 Coins. We specialise in exchanging Peseta coins back in to Sterling (or any other world currency), so you can now get some value from those previously worthless coins. In fact, we’ll exchange any currency, coins or notes into Sterling – this could be Euro zone currency or worldwide currency.

Many people still have old currency from trips abroad and holidays and we still get a lot of people who have Spanish Pesetas. We will happily exchange Peseta coins or notes back into £GBP. Unfortunately you can’t change foreign coins back into Sterling at any UK bank however with our fast and easy service you now can!

All you need to do is to post us your Peseta coins (or any currency) and we’ll count and sort it. We’ll then e-mail you a valuation and if you’re happy with this then we’ll pay you directly into your bank account or via PayPal – whichever you prefer. If you don’t accept our valuation then we’ll return your coins at our expense… this is our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Just look at what coins we can exchange

All foreign coins and notes
All pre-Euro coins and notes
Old British and Irish Coins
Pre-decimal coins and notes


We even provide a free collection and drop off service for coins over certain weights. You can see more detail on our page ‘How to send us coins‘. If you have over 10kg of coins to send us we can arrange for a secure courier service to come and pick it up from you.  This is a great service and we also have drop off points around the country that you can use for a small fee or completely free if you have 5kg of coins or more.  And remember, we do all of the counting and sorting for you saving you the time and effort of arranging that yourself.  We know you have better things to do than to sit at home counting out piles of different currencies!

So, if you have leftover currency going to waste at home, send it to Cash4Coins.  We would be delighted to exchange your peseta coins and give you a fair price.

Here are just a few reasons why we are the trusted partner for exchanging foreign coins…

We exchange all coins
Super-fast service
Lightening fast payment
Free collection and drop off
The best in customer service
Guaranteed best exchange rates


So why not exchange Peseta coins into cash Sterling today!  At Cash4Coins we really do make it easier than ever to change up the money that is not being used be it around your home or at your place of work. And if you are a charity organisation we can give you lots of fundraising ideas that will get the foreign coins pouring in.  Whether you need to exchange Peseta coins or you have Euros and dollars, we can help you to turn that currency into money in the bank.

Company that will Change Euro Coins

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

If you are looking for a company that will change Euro coins then contact us today!

Are you looking for a company that will change euro coins? Maybe you are at a loss as to how to get the value from all of the unwanted foreign and out of date currency you have accumulated over the years. Unfortunately none of the high street banks will exchange foreign coins due to the high costs they incur in repatriating the money… which is where we come in…!

Cash4Coins are the best company that will change euro coins and all of your unwanted foreign currency. We offer very competitive rates on your money and provide a service which is second to none. It couldn’t be easier, you simply send your coins to us where they will be counted and sorted to ensure you gain maximum value from them.

Why not club together with friends and family to see how many Euro coins you can come up with?  Make it a competition.  If you have been on many European holidays you will be amazed at how many Euro coins you have knocking around. Look in drawers, change wallets, passport wallets, suitcases and other likely places to see how many coins you can get together.

As a leading company that will change Euro coins we are delighted about the good words our customers have to say about us. We can exchange any currency and we will do so quickly and at you convenience. And if you are not delighted with the valuation we give you, we will simply send you back all of your coins FREE of charge.

We will then make you an offer and once you accept you will receive a fast payment from us either by BAC’s, Paypal or cheque. What’s more if you are not entirely satisfied with the offer we make we will return the coins at our own expense. This is our satisfaction guarantee.

If your coins weigh over a certain weight we also collect the coins for FREE – see ‘how to send us coins‘ for full details.  Remember, the banks will not change your Euro coins for you.  It is not cost effective for them to do so, but because we are a company that will change Euro coins as a speciality service, you can be confident you will not experience that problem.

You can see just how good our service is by checking out our customer comments page. Where you’ll see lots of people just like you who are ‘over the moon’ with our valuations and customer service.  We have assisted charities, schools, museums and hospitals with our coin exchange service helping them to turn foreign coin donations into money they could use.

So if you are looking for a reliable company that will change euro coins then contact us today for more information. Our team are always on hand for a chat and to offer advise and the best ways to make your collections a bug success.

If you’d like to send us coins today then go to ‘How to send us coins‘.