Coin wrapper

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A roll of 25 U.S. dollars in 1 dollar coins.

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:

Reliability
Their five-coin staggered rows and transparency make quick verification of contents possible.
Certainty
They provide a high degree of certainty (transparency, reliable and legible contents).
Efficiency 
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, plastic coin rolls are circulated almost exclusively, as handmade coin rolls are rare. Each roll holds 50 coins. Customers can change bills into coin rolls easily using automatic money changers at Japanese banks.

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 number 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 number.

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. It is also known as cherry picking. Full rolls are also requested by vendors to make change.

Fraud[edit]

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 each country[edit]

Albania[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Gray 1 lek 50 50 lekë
Red 5 lekë 50 250 lekë
Purple 10 lekë 50 500 lekë
Orange 20 lekë 25 500 lekë

Australia[edit]

Australian coins used to have different ink colors, but now they all have black ink.

Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g) Notes
1c 50 $0.50 130 obsolete, (in the past, found in red rolls)
2c 50 $1 260 obsolete, (in the past, found in red rolls)
5c 40 $2 113 (in the past, found in blue rolls)
10c 40 $4 226 (in the past, found in purple rolls)
20c 20 $4 226 (in the past, found in green rolls)
50c 20 $10 311 (in the past, found in orange rolls)
$1 25 $25 225 (in the past, sometimes found in 20 coin, $20, rolls)
$2 25 $50 165

Bahamas[edit]

The Bahamas has two different kinds of rolls with the same number of coins. One kind is distinguished by color, while the other is adorned with a light blue background with the Flag of the Bahamas. The rolls here are the ones distinguished by color.

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Blue 1 Cent 50 $0.50 87.5
Purple 5 Cents 40 $2 140
Orange 10 Cents 40 $4 208
Green 25 cents 40 $10 200

Canada[edit]

Canadian coin rolls are very similar to American coin rolls, with the exception being that rolls for the half dollar do not exist while rolls for the toonie do.

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

Denmark[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Red 50 Øre 40 20 Kroner 172
Purple 1 Krone 50 50 Kroner 180
Green 2 Kroner 25 50 Kroner 147.5
Black 5 Kroner 40 200 Kroner 368
Blue 10 Kroner 20 200 Kroner 140
Yellow 20 Kroner 20 400 Kroner 186

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 25 €5.00 229.6
Green 50c 25 €12.50 312
Yellow €1 25 €25.00 187.5
Purple €2 25 €50.00 212.5

Spain[edit]

Three of the rolls used in Spain are different from the ones used in the rest of the eurozone.

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

Italy[edit]

Until 2009, two of the rolls used in Italy were different from the ones used in the rest of the eurozone.

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
Yellow €1 40 €40.00 300
Purple €2 40 €80.00 340

Honduras[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Blue 5 Centavos 40 L2 128
Green 10 Centavos 50 L5 300
Black 20 Centavos 50 L10 100
Red 50 Centavos 25 L12.50 125

Indonesia[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
Orange Rp 50 25 Rp 1,250
  Red Rp 100 25 Rp 2,500 44.75
Purple Rp 200 25 Rp 5,000 59.5
Green Rp 500 25 Rp 12,500 77.5
Blue Rp 1,000 40 Rp 40,000 180

Israel[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Yellow 10 agorot 50 ₪5.00 200
Green ₪½ (50 agorot) 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

Japan[edit]

Coin rolls in Japan

Japanese coin rolls are made of plastic and are not color-differentiated. Each roll holds 50 coins.

Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g) Method of differentiation
¥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

Romania[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Red 1 Ban 50 50 Bani 120
Yellow 5 Bani 50 2.50 Lei 140.5
Pink 10 Bani 50 5 Lei 200
White 50 Bani 50 25 Lei 305

Serbia[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Green 1 dinar 50 50 dinara 210
Orange 2 dinara 50 100 dinara 252.5
Blue 5 dinara 50 250 dinara 289
? 10 dinara ? ? ?
? 20 dinara ? ? ?

Singapore[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Yellow 5 Cents 40 $2 68
Green 10 Cents 50 $5 118
Blue 20 Cents 50 $10 192.5
Red 50 Cents 40 $20 262.4
Beige $1 40 $40 304.8

South Korea[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Yellow ₩10 50 ₩500 61
Pink ₩50 50 ₩2,500 208
Blue ₩100 50 ₩5,000 271
Beige ₩500 50 ₩25,000 385

Sweden[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Green 1 krona 50 50 kronor 180
Red 2 kronor 50 100 kronor 240
Orange 5 kronor 40 200 kronor 244
? 10 kronor ? ? ?

Switzerland[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g) Notes
  Yellow 1 Rappen 50 Fr. ½ ≤75 obsolete
  White 2 Rappen 50 Fr. 1 ≤150 obsolete
  Red 5 Rappen 50 Fr. 2.50 90
Gray 10 Rappen 50 Fr. 5 150
Pink 20 Rappen 50 Fr. 10 200
Purple Fr. ½ (50 Rappen) 50 Fr. 25 110
Green Fr. 1 50 Fr. 50 220
Beige Fr. 2 50 Fr. 100 440
Blue Fr. 5 50 Fr. 250 663 (in the past, sometimes found in 25 coin, Fr. 125, half-rolls)

Taiwan[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  ? NT$½ ? ? ?
? NT$1 ? ? ?
? NT$5 ? ? ?
Yellow NT$10 50 NT$500 375
Purple NT$20 50 NT$1,000 425
? NT$50 ? ? ?

Thailand[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
Pink 50 satang 50 ฿25
Blue 1 baht 50 ฿50
Purple 2 baht 50 ฿100
Green 5 baht 40 ฿200
Orange 10 baht 40 ฿400

Ukraine[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value Weight (g)
  Pink 1 Kopiyka 50 0.5₴ 75
Yellow 2 Kopiyki 50 1₴ 90
Green 5 Kopiyok 50 2.5₴ 215
Brown 10 Kopiyok 50 5₴ 85
Black 25 Kopiyok 50 12.5₴ 145
Blue 50 Kopiyok 50 25₴ 212.5
Red 1₴ 50 50₴ 340

United States[edit]

A roll of 40 nickels worth $2
A pile of coin wrappers, one for quarters with a total face value of 10 U.S. dollars.

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 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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