Can old currency be exchanged now?

In many cases, old banknotes and coins can still be redeemed at the issuing bank. And if the exchange deadline has expired, old currency often has a collectable value. We explain how to trade in your old currency for cash.

Do many people still have old currency?

An estimated £1.8 Billion pounds worth of currency is hidden away in British drawers. That means that every household in the UK has an average of £65 pounds worth of leftover currency tucked away, gathering dust.

This money is not being used, which is a shame. If people would exchange all their old currency, and spend the money, the value injected into the British economy would be enough to build four new hospitals.

old Spanish Pesetas money

Can old currency be exchanged now?

In many cases, it is still possible to exchange old currency. When banks phase out old banknotes and coins, they often set a deadline: A date until which the old currency can still be exchanged. For many phased out banknotes and coins, and for many obsolete currencies such as the currencies preceding the Euro, this exchange deadline has not yet expired. As a result, old currency can often still be exchanged now.

old currency in a cookie jar

How to exchange old currency?

These are the three steps to exchange your old currency:

  1. Discover which currencies you can exchange on the LeftoverCurrency.com exchange rates page.
  2. Add the coins and banknotes you have to your online wallet, find out their value, check out and receive your reference number.
  3. Post your currency along with your reference number and receive payment within 5 working days of receipt.

This simple and highly-rated three-step process lets you exchange your old currency to spendable cash in no time. You can exchange all your old currency at once, saving you time and effort. You’ll be amazed by the value of the coins and banknotes gathering dust in your drawers.

old currency to exchange in a jar

Until when can old currency be exchanged?

Old currency can be exchanged until the exchange deadline set by the issuing bank expires. For some currencies, such as the Spanish Peseta, this deadline is in the near future: Spanish Peseta coins and banknotes can be exchanged until the end of 2020. For other currencies, such as the French Franc, the exchange deadline has already expired. For some currencies there is no exchange deadline: These currencies can be exchanged for an unlimited time. Examples include old Pound Sterling banknotes issued by the Bank of England and obsolete German Mark banknotes issued by the Deutsche Bundesbank.

An overview of all exchange deadlines for pre-Euro currencies can be found on the website of the European Central Bank. Or you can visit the Leftover Currency site for an overview of all old currencies that can still be exchanged.

Withdrawn Bank of England banknotes accepted for exchange
Deutsche Mark banknotes accepted for exchange

Can I still exchange expired currency?

Currency for which the exchange deadline has expired no longer has a monetary value. So-called ‘demonetised‘ banknotes and coins have no value except for the raw materials they are made off, and a possible collector value to . A banknote or coin’s collector value is determined by its condition, rarity and popularity among collectors.

At Leftover Currency we continue to exchange a number of currencies for which the exchange deadline has expired. Although we pay less than the old face value, we are still able to pay a fair amount for old demonetised currencies such as the Cypriot Pound, French Franc, Italian Lira, Greek Drachma or Maltese Pound.

Greek Drachma banknotes
old currencies