Coin wrapper

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A roll of 25 U.S. dollars

A coin wrapper, sometimes known as a bank roll or roll is a paper or plastic container for a number of coins.

In the United States, empty rolls are available free at most banks in every denomination (though it is becoming increasingly difficult for half dollar and dollar to be readily made available). The rolls come flat and one side will have to be folded to allow for coins to be placed inside. When the roll is full, the top side will need to be folded. Typically, the full rolls are brought back to the banks in exchange for currency or to be deposited.

In the Eurozone, empty plastic rolls are used at banks in every denomination, with five-coin staggered rows. Their main advantages are:

Their five-coin staggered rows and transparency make quick verification of contents possible.
They provide a high degree of certainty (transparency, reliable and legible contents).
Cost effective 
The high certainty means less time spent processing coins, while the solidity and two-way closure system increase the number of times the coin roll can be used, effectively reducing its overall cost.

In Japan, machine-wrapped coin rolls with plastic container are circulated exclusively, handmade coin rolls are rare. All rolls contains 50 coins. Customers can change bills into coin rolls easily by automatic money changer at Japanese banks.

Searching rolls[edit]

Often, coin collectors will ask for full rolls from the bank to search the contents in hopes of finding an interesting piece. Some collectors also save coins of bullion value, such as copper cents and silver half-dollars. This practice is called coin roll hunting. Full rolls are also requested by vendors to make change.


Bank rolls are vulnerable to a variety of scams, such as rolling slugs of no value or coins of a lesser value.[1] See also coin rolling scams.

Amount in a roll in the United States[edit]

A roll of 40 nickels worth $2
A pile of coin wrappers

Each denomination has a different amount found in a roll and are color-coded by denomination. See below:

Color Name Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g) Notes
  Red Cent 50 $0.50 125
Blue Nickel 40 $2.00 200 (in the past, sometimes found in 20 coin, $1.00, half-rolls)
Green Dime 10¢ 50 $5.00 113.4 (in the past, sometimes found in 30 coin, $3.00 rolls)
Orange Quarter 25¢ 40 $10.00 226.8 (in the past, sometimes found in 20 coin, $5.00, half-rolls)
Tan (sometimes brown or yellow) Half Dollar 50¢ 20 $10.00 226.8 (sometimes found in 40 coin, $20.00, full-rolls that are closer in size to other denominations rolls)
Grey Small Dollar $1.00 25 $25.00 202.5
White Large Dollar $1.00 20 $20.00 453.6 obsolete (in the past, sometimes found in 10 coin, $10.00, half-rolls)
N/A Quarter Eagle $2.50 40 $100.00 - obsolete
N/A Half Eagle $5.00 40 $200.00 - obsolete
N/A Eagle $10.00 50 $500.00 - obsolete
N/A Double Eagle $20.00 25 $500.00 - obsolete

Amount in a roll in Canada[edit]

Canadian coin rolls are very similar to American coin rolls, with the exception of the loonie, and the toonie.

Color Name Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Red Cent 50 $0.50 117.5
Blue Nickel 40 $2.00 158
Green Dime 10¢ 50 $5.00 87.5
Orange Quarter 25¢ 40 $10.00 176
Black Loonie $1.00 25 $25.00 156.75
Purple Toonie $2.00 25 $50.00 173

Amount in a roll in the Eurozone[edit]

Coin rolls in Spain
Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  White 1c 50 €0.50 115
Gray 2c 50 €1.00 153
Red 5c 50 €2.50 196
Blue 10c 40 €4.00 164
Orange 20c 40 €8.00 229.6
Green 50c 40 €20.00 312
Yellow €1 25 €25.00 187.5
Purple €2 25 €50.00 212.5

3 rolls differ in Spain[edit]

Color Denomination Count (Spain) Total Value (Spain) Weight (g)
Blue 10c 50 €5.00 205
Orange 20c 25 €5.00 143.5
Green 50c 25 €12.50 195

Amount in a roll in Japan[edit]

Coin rolls in Japan

Japanese coin rolls are made by plastics, without denomination color-code.

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g) Distinguish method
N/A ¥1 50 ¥50 50 silver color (aluminum) with smooth edge
¥5 50 ¥250 187.5 brass color with smooth edge, holed coin
¥10 50 ¥500 225 bronze color
¥50 50 ¥2,500 200 silver color (cupronickel) with reeded edge, holed coin
¥100 50 ¥5,000 240 silver color (cupronickel) with reeded edge
¥500 50 ¥25,000 350 brass color (nickel-brass) with slantingly reeded edge

Amount in a roll in Israel[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Yellow 10 agora 50 ₪5.00 200
Green ₪½ 50 ₪25.00 325
Blue ₪1 50 ₪50.00 175
Purple ₪2 25 ₪50.00 142.5
Pink ₪5 25 ₪125.00 205
Red ₪10 25 ₪250.00 175

Coin bags[edit]

In the United Kingdom, coin rolls are not used, instead small plastic bags are provided free of charge at banks which are filled by the customer with the appropriate amount of the same value coin as printed on the bag. When depositing or changing, the bags are weighed at the bank to check they contain the right amount.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Medenbach, Deborah (July 22, 2009). "Penny Scam Yields Dime Profits in New Paltz". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 18 July 2012.