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How to Exchange Coins for Cash

How to Exchange Coins for Cash
Jacqueline DeMarco
Jacqueline DeMarcoUpdated May 2, 2023
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It can be fun to save up loose change until it reaches a substantial enough amount to splurge on a nice dinner or buy an item that’s been on your wishlist. The problem? You generally can’t show up to a restaurant or store with a large jar or bag of coins.Fortunately, even in the days of digital banking, there are still ways to convert change into cash, and some are completely free. Here are some options to consider. 

Does My Bank Take Coins?

Many banks accept coins in exchange for cash or as a deposit into your bank account free of charge if you’re a customer. Typically, though, the change needs to be rolled into coin wrappers. Banks often give these cylindrical wrappers out for free. You can also buy them in office supply stores or online.Not many banks offer free-standing coin-counting machines anymore, though you can still find them at some credit unions and local community banks.Wondering if your bank takes coins? Your best bet is to call your local branch to find out what their policies are regarding coin exchange (you might also want to review this policy before choosing where to open a new bank account), but here’s a look at policies at some popular U.S. banks.

Bank of America

Bank of America accepts coins at any of their financial centers, but they must be rolled. 


Many, but not all, Chase branches accept coins from customers. To see if your local branch takes coins, you can use the branch locator on the bank’s website and look for “no coin transactions” (this means the branch does not accept coins).

Citizens Bank

For customers, Citizens Bank will exchange change for cash or allow you to deposit the change into your account. They will accept loose change if it’s less than $20. Larger amounts need to be rolled.  


PNC currently accepts coins at their full-service branch locations as long as they are rolled.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo will exchange rolled coins from their customers for free and also provides free rolls.Recommended: How Do Banks Make Money and Generate a Profit? 

Coin Counting Machines

While it’s becoming less common to offer coin-counting machines, some banks and credit unions still offer these handy tools. Before heading over to a branch with a heavy piggy bank, though, it’s a good idea to call ahead and make sure they still have a machine.You can also find privately owned coin-counting machines (such as Coinstar) at grocery stores and other retailers. Keep in mind, though, that independent coin kiosks typically charge a fee, which can be as high as 11.9% of the transaction amount. If you're willing to accept a gift card instead of cash, you may be able to do your exchange for free.

How to Roll Coins to Exchange

Typically, banks require that change be rolled before they accept it. Here’s how to get your change ready to exchange or deposit into a checking or savings account

Sort Coins by Denomination

The first thing you’ll need to do is dump out your receptacle of coins and sort them into denominations — or, in other words, group the change into individual piles of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

Make Piles for Each Roll

For each denomination, you’ll next need to make mini piles that contain the number of coins you can put into each roll:
  • Pennies: 50
  • Nickels: 40 
  • Dimes: 50
  • Quarters: 40

Get Rolling

Once your coins are correctly counted out, you can start inserting them into your paper rolls. When you’re done, you can easily count up how much you have and bring it to your bank.Recommended: 6-Month Money Saving Challenges 

Potential Coin Counter Fees

You can avoid going to the trouble of rolling your coins by finding a coin counting machine. Some credit unions and smaller banks have in-branch coin counters that are free to use if you’re a customer (non-customers may be charged a fee). You can also use a private coin-counting machine at a retailer but expect to pay a relatively high fee. Recommended: Guide to Savings Account Fees and Costs 

The Takeaway

It can be a pleasant surprise to find out how much money you’ve managed to collect in loose change. Before you can exchange it into cash, however, you’ll likely need to sort, count, and insert your coins into coin wrappers. You can then take all your rolls to your local bank and exchange them for cash or deposit them into your savings account, where the money can start earning interestIf you’re in the market for a new savings account, Lantern by SoFi can help. With our online banking marketplace, it’s easy to compare high-yield savings accounts based on annual percentage yield (APY), fees, and balance minimums.Lantern can help you compare online savings accounts and find today’s best rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Author

Jacqueline DeMarco

Jacqueline DeMarco

Jacqueline DeMarco is a personal finance writer and editor based in Southern California. While she spends the bulk of her time writing about complex financial issues, she also tackles a variety of subjects ranging from food to fashion to travel. Her work can be found across dozens of publications such as Credit Karma, LendingTree, Northwestern Mutual, The Everygirl, and Apartment Therapy.
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