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, you also find empty plastic rolls at the 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).
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.

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.

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 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 Notes
  Red Cent 50 $0.50
Blue Nickel 40 $2.00 (in the past, sometimes found in 20 coin, $1.00, half-rolls)
Green Dime 10¢ 50 $5.00
Orange Quarter 25¢ 40 $10.00 (in the past, sometimes found in 20 coin, $5.00, half-rolls)
Tan Half Dollar 50¢ 20 $10.00 also in brown or yellow wrappers (in the past, sometimes found in 40 coin, $20.00, double-rolls)
White Large Dollar $1.00 20 $20.00 obsolete (in the past, sometimes found in 10 coin, $10.00, half-rolls)
Yellow Small Dollar $1.00 25 $25.00
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 the Eurozone[edit]

Color Denomination Count Total Value
  White 1c 50 €0.50
Gray 2c 50 €1.00
Red 5c 50 €2.50
Blue 10c 40 €4.00
Orange 20c 40 €8.00
Green 50c 40 €20.00
Yellow €1 25 €25.00
Purple €2 25 €50.00

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]

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References[edit]

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