Old coins wanted

Kapi-Mana News - - COMMUNITY -

For the past year, the Lions Clubs of New Zealand have been run­ning the ‘‘Heads up for Kids’’ project, ask­ing the pub­lic to check cup­boards and draw­ers for any old currency no longer in cir­cu­la­tion.

The Lions can, through the Re­serve Bank, con­vert this to le­gal ten­der, on a dol­lar for dol­lar ba­sis. All for­eign coins and ban­knotes are ac­cept­able. Re­sene Colour shops and New World Su­per­mar­kets are col­lec­tion points and have boxes to take any old coins or ban­knotes.

This pro­gramme was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be for two months but such has been the re­sponse that the project is on­go­ing. To date, more than 8.5 tonnes of old coins and ban­knotes have been col­lected with cur­ren­cies from coun­tries as di­verse as Belize and the Falk­land Is­lands be­ing do­nated. This equates to a value of more than $200,000. Mana Lions con­tacts are Bob Welsh on 915 0408, Euan Thom­son on 021 843 825, or drop currency into New World or Re­sene Colour shops.

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