Donate foreign coins
By recycling foreign coins you can help beat sight loss faster – and it’s free and easy to do!
We are still able to recycle foreign coins through COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.
American Express estimates there is £3.2 billion in foreign coins lying around people’s homes, and the European Central Bank estimates there is €400 million worth of pre-euro redeemable currency out in the world!
Imagine how much good could be done to research sight saving treatments with even a portion of that!
How it works
We can recycle old British decimal coins (the heavy ones!), all foreign bank notes (no matter how old), all foreign coins, and Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey currencies.
We are not able to recycle old British pre-decimal pennies, gaming tokens or transport tokens.
If you are in the UK please follow these steps:
Order your pre-paid collection box by completing the online form.
Collect your foreign coins until you have a minimum of 3kg of coins (otherwise the postage costs outweigh the return to the charity). There is no need to sort the coins and please do not take out any coins you think look interesting or might be valuable. In both cases you may be right but our coin recycling partner will pick up anything that’s out of the ordinary and make sure that we get the maximum value from any such items. Please also do not take out Euro coins.
Pack the coins in the coin bags and box provided.
You have several options to return the coins for free of charge through our partner, Xchange Master, once you are ready to send them in. This can be via courier pickup from your workplace or drop off to a DPD collection point, Hermes parcel shop or UPS access point.
If you are outside the UK
Unfortunately, we are not able to organise collection from outside the UK at this time.
Do foreign coins really help?
Yes, they do! Every day, 250 more people are told that they are losing their sight. That’s one person every six minutes. With your help, we can support more research to find new treatments and prevention strategies for eye diseases in both children and adults, and help beat sight loss faster.
Please spread the word about this very easy way of supporting eye research. Encourage your work colleagues, faith communities, schools, friends, family, and neighbours to send in their foreign coins, too.
You can download a foreign coin appeal poster to tell others about your foreign coin collection for Sight Research UK.
Foreign coins collection poster
No downloads currently available.
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