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Read useful tips and tricks on this page about how to pack and send your coins and currency by mail.

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How to send money in the mail?

Is it legal to send cash?

We have listed some helpful tips & tricks about sending your leftover coins and banknotes in the mail. If you apply these few simple rules, the risk of anything happening with your shipment is as small as if it were a normal letter, a birthday card or an invoice.

In most countries it is perfectly legal to send money in the mail. In many countries it is common practice to put a few banknotes in a birthday card and send it in the mail.

In the United Kingdom, the United States and in most European countries it is legal to send money in the mail, also if the money is sent overseas.

In some countries there are restrictions on sending money in the mail. These countries have laws in place that either forbid sending money through their postal network, or limit it to a maximum amount. If your country is in the list, please consult the applicable laws before sending money in the mail:

How to send your banknotes

If you are sending banknotes, put them in a promotional flyer or wishing card. Use a nontransparent (opaque) envelope. If you are sending many notes, think about using a cardboard envelope or padded envelope.

How to send your coins

When you send coins, make sure to package them so that they cannot slide or ring. One way to do it is to fix the coins with adhesive tape to a piece of cardboard. Alternatively, if you send more coins, you can use coin wrappers or aluminium foil. If you send coins in a parcel, make sure to fill up the empty space with light materials, like plastic bubble wrap, foam, krumpled up newspapers or polystrene packing peanuts.

New Zealand
Saudi Arabia
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
China (except Hong Kong and Macao)
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic

It's OK to tape your envelope

When you send coins, or a stash of banknotes, it might be a good idea to tape your envelope. It is perfectly OK to tape an envelope: the seal, edges and/or the corners are most vulnerable. If you write your address on the back of the envelope, and cover it with transparant tape, it will be easy to see if the envelope has been tampered with, which is a strong deterrent against tampering.

Check the postage prices

Make sure you pay the full postage. If you don't, your letter or parcel might be sent back because of postage due, or left for collection in the post office.

Don't forget the return address

The address you should use

Include a return address to which your shipment can be returned if necessary. The address can be a PO box or a regular address. It is not mandatory to include your name in the return address. The return address is either written on the back of the envelope (Europe) or in the upper left hand corner (United States).

We suggest that you use "L.O.C." instead of Leftover Currency for the address on your shipment. This way you won't give away any information on what might be in the envelope.

It's OK to write in all caps

Capital letters (uppercase handwriting) are generally better readable than lowercase handwriting, so it's OK to write the address in all caps. This also applies for filling in the exchange form.

Consider using registered mail

If you send banknotes and/or coins that have considerable value, consider using registered mail services, like Parcelforce Worldwide, Recorded Signed For (Royal Mail) or Track & Confirm (USPS). It will enable you to check the delivery status of your mailing. Also, you will receive a proof of sending. On top of that, you will be able to claim for a compensation in case of loss.

UK customers: Contact us if you send more than 1kg coins

If you send us coins/banknotes from the United Kingdom, and if the combined weight is over 1kg, feel free to contact us. On an ad-hoc basis we might be able to pay postage for you.

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