Coin Usage by Country

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Hello everyone,

 

I am attempting to compile a list of countries that use coins. For this list, I am looking for firsthand accounts, both personal and published, of coins being used in commerce in the past five years. My definition of use is a consumer being able to use 6 coins or fewer in a transaction (e.g., five Quarters for a candy bar). This list is not set in stone and disagreements are welcome, if not encouraged.

 

I look forward to reading your replies.

 

Regards,

Theodore

 

 

Countries that use coins (countries which I have first-hand accounts of coins being used):

 

Albania

Aruba

Australia and her territories

Austria (Euro)

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium (Euro)

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Cayman Islands

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia (Euro)

Czechia

Dominica (East Caribbean Dollar)

Dominican Republic

Ecuador (US and local coins)

El Salvador (US coins)

France (Euro)

Gabon (CFA Franc)

Georgia

Germany (Euro)

Ghana

Greece (Euro)

Grenada (East Caribbean Dollar)

Guatemala

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Israel

Italy (Euro)

Jamaica

Japan

Latvia (Euro)

Liberia

Mexico

Monaco (Euro)

Montenegro (Euro)

Netherlands (Euro)

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Norway

Panama (US and local coins)

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal (Euro)

Romania

Saint Kitts and Nevis (East Caribbean Dollar)

Saint Lucia (East Caribbean Dollar)

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia (Euro)

South Africa

Spain (Euro)

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom and her territories

United States and her territories

Uruguay

Vatican City (Euro)

 

Countries that only have useless coins:

Argentina

 

Countries that probably use coins (countries assumed to use coins, but lack confirmation):

Andorra (Euro)

Angola

Anguilla (East Caribbean Dollar)

Antigua and Barbuda (East Caribbean Dollar)

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Belize

Benin (CFA franc)

Bolivia

Bosnia

Brunei

Burkina Faso (CFA franc)

Cabo Verde

Cameroon (CFA Franc)

Central African Republic (CFA franc)

Chad (CFA Franc)

Congo, Republic (CFA Franc)

Cuba

Cyprus (Euro)

Denmark

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea (CFA Franc)

Estonia (Euro)

Finland (Euro)

Fiji

Grenada (East Caribbean Dollar)

Guinea (CFA franc)

Guinea-Bissau (CFA franc)

Guyana

Ivory Coast (CFA franc)

Kazakhstan

Kiribati (Australian Dollar)

Kosovo

Kuwait

Lebanon

Liechtenstein (Swiss Franc)

Lithuania (Euro)

Luxembourg (Euro)

Macau

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta (Euro)

Mauritania

Mauritius

Moldova

Montserrat (East Caribbean Dollar)

Morocco

Nauru (Australian Dollar)

Nepal

Netherlands Antilles

North Macedonia

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Papua New Guinea

Qatar

Russia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (East Caribbean Dollar)

San Marino (Euro)

Saudi Arabia

Slovenia (Euro)

South Korea

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Togo (CFA franc)

Transnistria

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu (Australian Dollar)

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

 

Countries that may use coins (countries assumed to not use coins, but lack confirmation):

Argentina

Belarus

Botswana

Burundi

Comoros

eSwatini

Gambia

Haiti

Honduras

Indonesia

Iran

Kyrgyzstan

Lesotho

Madagascar

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Nigeria

North Korea

Paraguay

Rwanda

Seychelles

Sweden

Syria

Timor-Leste

Western Sahara

Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

Countries that don’t use coins:

Afghanistan

Bhutan

Cambodia

Congo, Democratic Republic

Eritrea

Iraq

Laos

Libya

Mongolia

Myanmar

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Vietnam

Yemen

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Just an observation, I don't see Canada or Curacao  anywhere. I can tell you firsthand that within the past few years I personally have used coins In commerce, in country, at the following places. Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica,  Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia. Probably more, I just have to go through the list again.

Some_Nerd

Hello everyone,

 

I am attempting to compile a list of countries that use coins. For this list, I am looking for firsthand accounts, both personal and published, of coins being used in commerce. My definition of use is a consumer being able to use 6 coins or fewer in a transaction (e.g., five Quarters for a candy bar). This list is not set in stone and disagreements are welcome, if not encouraged.

 

I look forward to reading your replies.

 

Regards,

Theodore

 

 

Countries that use coins (countries which I have first-hand accounts of coins being used):

Australia and her Territories

Brazil

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia (Euro)

Ecuador (US and local coins)

El Salvador (US coins)

France (Euro)

Ghana

Guatemala

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Israel

Japan

Latvia (Euro)

Liberia

Mexico

Netherlands (Euro)

New Zealand

Panama (US and local coins)

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Sierra Leone

South Africa

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom and her Territories

United States and her Territories

 

Countries that only have useless coins:

(blank for now)

 

Countries that probably use coins (countries assumed to use coins, but lack confirmation):

Albania

Andorra (Euro)

Angola

Anguilla (East Caribbean Dollar)

Antigua and Barbuda (East Caribbean Dollar)

Armenia

Aruba

Austria (Euro)

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Belgium (Euro)

Belize

Benin (CFA franc)

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso (CFA franc)

Cabo Verde

Cameroon (CFA Franc)

Central African Republic (CFA franc)

Chad (CFA Franc)

Chile

Congo, Republic (CFA Franc)

Cuba

Cyprus (Euro)

Czechia

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica (East Caribbean Dollar)

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea (CFA Franc)

Estonia (Euro)

Finland (Euro)

Fiji

Gabon (CFA Franc)

Georgia

Germany (Euro)

Grenada (East Caribbean Dollar)

Greece (Euro)

Guinea (CFA franc)

Guinea-Bissau (CFA franc)

Guyana

Italy (Euro)

Ivory Coast (CFA franc)

Jamaica

Kazakhstan

Kiribati (Australian Dollar)

Kosovo

Kuwait

Lebanon

Liechtenstein (Swiss Franc)

Lithuania (Euro)

Luxembourg (Euro)

Macau

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta (Euro)

Mauritania

Mauritius

Moldova

Monaco (Euro)

Montenegro (Euro)

Montserrat (East Caribbean Dollar)

Morocco

Nauru (Australian Dollar)

Nepal

North Macedonia

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Papua New Guinea

Portugal (Euro)

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Saint Kitts and Nevis (East Caribbean Dollar)

Saint Lucia (East Caribbean Dollar)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (East Caribbean Dollar)

San Marino (Euro)

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia (Euro)

Slovenia (Euro)

South Korea

Spain (Euro)

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo (CFA franc)

Transnistria

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu (Australian Dollar)

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vatican City (Euro)

Venezuela

 

Countries that may use coins (countries assumed to not use coins, but lack confirmation):

Argentina

Belarus

Botswana

Burundi

Comoros

eSwatini

Gambia

Haiti

Honduras

Indonesia

Iran

Kyrgyzstan

Lesotho

Madagascar

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Paraguay

Rwanda

Seychelles

Sweden

Syria

Timor-Leste

Western Sahara

Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

Countries that don’t use coins:

Afghanistan

Cambodia

Congo, Democratic Republic

Eritrea

Iraq

Laos

Libya

Mongolia

Myanmar

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Vietnam

Yemen

Hi! In Canada we use coins regularly. 

Rajbarage

The Earth is a Triangle

I knew that I forgot a huge country… 🙃

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Just an observation, I don't see Canada or Curacao anywhere. I can tell you firsthand that within the past few years I personally have used coins In commerce, in country, at the following places. Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica,  Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia. Probably more, I just have to go through the list again.

 

Edit ; Sorry, somebody saw Canada as I was typing and looking at the list.

harryg

Just an observation, I don't see Canada or Curacao  anywhere. I can tell you firsthand that within the past few years I personally have used coins In commerce, in country, at the following places. Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica,  Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia. Probably more, I just have to go through the list again.

I will include Curacao under the Netherlands Antilles (I know that they were disbanded in 2010, but the currency is still the Netherlands Antillean Guilder.)

 

Also, could you spend coins in the countries listed, or merely receive them in change?

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Spent some time in Greece (Athens and some of the islands) in 2019 and spent and received coins in change.

Some_Nerd

harryg

Just an observation, I don't see Canada or Curacao  anywhere. I can tell you firsthand that within the past few years I personally have used coins In commerce, in country, at the following places. Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica,  Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia. Probably more, I just have to go through the list again.

I will include Curacao under the Netherlands Antilles (I know that they were disbanded in 2010, but the currency is still the Netherlands Antillean Guilder.)

 

Also, could you spend coins in the countries listed, or merely receive them in change?

Check Cayman Islands as well. I could spend the coins most definitely and got some in change whether using local currency or not. Some of these places preferred U.S dollars over their own currency but never refused if the local currency was offered in coins or banknotes.

harryg

Check Cayman Islands as well. I could spend the coins most definitely and got some in change whether using local currency or not. Some of these places preferred U.S dollars over their own currency but never refused if the local currency was offered in coins or banknotes.

Fair enough. Countries have been moved

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I'm also adding the caveat that the coins must have been in use in the last 5 years.

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Some_Nerd

I'm also adding the caveat that the coins must have been in use in the last 5 years.

Probably a good idea because I wondered about a time frame as well. I will be going to the Cayman Islands and Jamaica again in a few months. I will update you if there are any significant changes since my last trip to them.

What a strange concept you're on, since you don't seem to know much about the countries, you listed in the different groups. I'm not going to waste my time further than the following two countries.

 

All euro countries use coins

Andorra, Austria etc!

Globetrotter
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In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
https://monnaiesetvarietes.numista.com

Some_Nerd

I am attempting to compile a list of countries that use coins. 

What’s the purpose of this list?

They say "Pecunia non olet", but I know better...

Sjoelund

What a strange concept you're on, since you don't seem to know much about the countries, you listed in the different groups. I'm not going to waste my time further than the following two countries.

 

All euro countries use coins

Andorra, Austria etc!

 

 

I don't want to make assumptions because countries are in a currency union. Maybe the Luxembourgish throw their coins in the trash

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smvdbrink

What’s the purpose of this list?

Mostly to satiate personal curiosity. I'm also fascinated on how countries who don't use coins navigate transactions.

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Obviously we use Euro coins here in Germany, all coins from 1 cent to 2€ see regular use 😉

Coins are used quite a lot in Bulgaria .  All coins ( from the 1 stotinka to 2 leva ) are in common circulation .

PS - As a whole Bulgaria is one of those countries where cash is still king and the majority of trade is done using physical currency ( like banknotes and coins ) 

harryg

Some_Nerd

harryg

Just an observation, I don't see Canada or Curacao  anywhere. I can tell you firsthand that within the past few years I personally have used coins In commerce, in country, at the following places. Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica,  Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia. Probably more, I just have to go through the list again.

I will include Curacao under the Netherlands Antilles (I know that they were disbanded in 2010, but the currency is still the Netherlands Antillean Guilder.)

 

Also, could you spend coins in the countries listed, or merely receive them in change?

Check Cayman Islands as well. I could spend the coins most definitely and got some in change whether using local currency or not. Some of these places preferred U.S dollars over their own currency but never refused if the local currency was offered in coins or banknotes.

I can confirm that the cayman islands still use coins. Nice fresh 1 cents from 2019 just being released into circulation at the moment. You can also pay in USD in most places but will get change in KYD unless they have USD change in their till.

Romanian here. Our coins are pretty worthless, (1, 5, 10 and 50 bani which translate to 0.01, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.5 Romanian lei) but they do have some use, though limited (our most “valuable” coin, the 50 bani, is only worth about 10-11 cents EUR/USD depending on rate).

 

To give a 6-coin example, in my town you can buy a one-way bus ticket for 3 lei (which would mean 6 50 bani coins). It's actually one of the ways I get rid of coins when I have a bunch of them because they are otherwise pretty useless. 10 bani is sometimes used if you are paying cash and want to give the exact amount to avoid receiving change, but that is about it.

 

As for 1 ban and 5 bani coins, they are virtually useless and are rarely used. Personally I'd like to see the 1 and 5 lei notes abolished and a new coin-series introduced. 1, 2 and 5 lei coins would definitely be very useful for most daily transactions.

Solstafir

Romanian here. Our coins are pretty worthless, (1, 5, 10 and 50 bani which translate to 0.01, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.5 Romanian lei) but they do have some use, though limited (our most “valuable” coin, the 50 bani, is only worth about 10-11 cents EUR/USD depending on rate).

 

To give a 6-coin example, in my town you can buy a one-way bus ticket for 3 lei (which would mean 6 50 bani coins). It's actually one of the ways I get rid of coins when I have a bunch of them because they are otherwise pretty useless. 10 bani is sometimes used if you are paying cash and want to give the exact amount to avoid receiving change, but that is about it.

 

As for 1 ban and 5 bani coins, they are virtually useless and are rarely used. Personally I'd like to see the 1 and 5 lei notes abolished and a new coin-series introduced. 1, 2 and 5 lei coins would definitely be very useful for most daily transactions.

Worthless or not, I still collect them! I miss all the 2022 and 2023 coins! I'm rather complete up to 2021….😄

Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
https://monnaiesetvarietes.numista.com

Hi Some_Nerd, 

 

Even though I still don't understand the purpose of your lists , I can confirm that in Chile coins are still minted and used regulary (in parallel with "plastics" that are very widespread).

 

Best regards,

 

christianvl

Pecuniae imperare oportet, non servire

Some_Nerd

smvdbrink

What’s the purpose of this list?

Mostly to satiate personal curiosity. I'm also fascinated on how countries who don't use coins navigate transactions.

Ok, that's a curious curiosity 😄 

 

In The Netherlands we use coins, but as amounts are rounded off to € 0,05, coins of € 0,01 and € 0,02 are hardly ever used or returned in a transaction.

They say "Pecunia non olet", but I know better...

Friend came back from Gabon, and the Central African Franc coins are used, but not often according to him. 

Rajbarage

The Earth is a Triangle

Ukraine uses coins a lot - 1, 2, 5, 10 hryvnias. To a bit lesser extent 50 kopiykas, and even less frequent 10 kopiykas, but they are still in use. And you can definitely ride public transportation in some cities for 6-10 hryvnias, or buy something very cheap in the market. Meaning you will even get change from a single coin that you use.

Thank you all for your replies! Keep 'em coming!

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Rajbarage

Friend came back from Gabon, and the Central African Franc coins are used, but not often according to him. 

Interesting, can you elaborate? Were they so low value that people just used bills?

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I have the coins… Why did you make this thread?

Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
https://monnaiesetvarietes.numista.com

Can confirm we still use euro coins in Belgium

 

(1 & 2 eurocents are no longer returned as change in Belgian stores. If you pay 5 euros for something that costs 4.96, you will lose your 4 cents.)

Who coined the term "coining a term" anyway?

Some_Nerd

Rajbarage

Friend came back from Gabon, and the Central African Franc coins are used, but not often according to him. 

Interesting, can you elaborate? Were they so low value that people just used bills?

something to that effect, a hundred francs is 20 Canadian cents or so but people still use them regularly as the cost relative to the rest of the world is much lower. 

Rajbarage

The Earth is a Triangle

I was told by my co-worker a few years ago, who is from Sierra Leone, that coins are not used there. But this was before they issued new coins last year, so not sure if they use coins now.

You can move Italy in the list “Countries that use coins”.

I use them daily, for example for breakfast: for 2.7 € you get cappuccino and croissant.

With a single coin you get a ride on public transport.

And I could fill examples all day long.

we, in Georgia,  use coins as well, all denominations from 5 tetri to 2 lari.

Circulation banknotes begins from 5 lari.

D

I can confirm first hand that in Norway coins are still in use! 

I went there in late 2018 and came back with a nice handfull of change. 

Coins are always useful there.

-Ash

Uruguay use coins, currently there is one coin worth over 1 Dollar or Euro (50 Pesos Uruguayos), and are usual to be used the next ones, valued about 20 and 10 cents. (10 and 5 Pesos), so, I bet they will stay circulating for at least some more years.

 

Argentina have minted a new series of 4 values coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 Pesos from 2017 to 2022, meant to circulate, but so far, owing to inflation they are nearly worthless. Used on last 5 years? Yes; currently? nearly not; in future? I heard they were planning to discontinue the issuing of smaller values (1 & 2 Pesos), so I guess unless they issuer higher values soon will stop being used.

 

Paraguay Yes, they use coins.

 

Ecuador they use U.S. Dollars as currency, and theoretically they issue coins for small change, but in this century (2001-date) they only issued 4 coins, on 2003, 2004 & 2005; I would bet they don't use them. It is possible they use U.S. coins instead.

 

Bolivia Yes, they use coins.

 

Guyana They frequently issue coins, from same KM# type, so is reasonable they use coins.

 

Venezuela They issue coins, using new currencies, as they have a great rate of inflation, and they had to reform currencies very often. This situation makes coins become worthless very fast, so is meant they issue cons to be used, and in the reality, coins lose their vale fast, and soon stop circulating I would place Venezuela in the section of coins users.

 

Cuba Yes, they use coins.

 

Chile Yes, they use coins.

 

Suriname Yes, they use coins. Same as Guyana, their frequent issuing of coins indicates they use them.

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Perhaps it is easier to list what countries does not use coins anymore?

To knock off some from the “countries that probably use coins” from personal experience, Austria, Czechia (was just there and bought cups of coffee with 10Kc coins), Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand. Would really surprise me what countries don't use coins, or at least their own

Kenny

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Countries I've visited in the past five years where coins were used:

Albania
Austria
Czechia
Italy
Monaco
Montenegro
Portugal
Serbia
Spain
Vatican City


Countries where I spoke to a person who stated coins were used:
South Africa


You could also look on eBay for circulated coins with dates in the past five years.
 

I wish you a nice day colleagues and without stress.

 

KennyG

To exclude some of the "countries that probably use coins" from my own experience, the Czechia (just been there and bought cups of coffee with 10Kc)

bjherbison

Countries I've visited in the past five years where coins were used:

Czechia

 

Well then, under the weight of this evidence I confess.

Yes, we use coins and a lot, you can't park your car in cities without coins, private business persons refuse to take cards and want cash in shops for reasons of profit optimization. Coins have value-50 CZK is already more than 2 dollars .

My grandson's wallet photographed today (however, his amount of coins is influenced by the tooth fairy - who, for a lost tooth, carries coins under the children's pillow in the morning)

So, because of the tooth fairy, we don't even have another option. Dear visitors, I sincerely believe that you felt well. And next time, ask the others about our evil, taxi drivers, etc. and what to watch out for.

Ahoj Ivan

MIMAEL

Well then, under the weight of this evidence I confess.

Yes, we use coins and a lot, you can't park your car in cities without coins, private business persons refuse to take cards and want cash in shops for reasons of profit optimization. Coins have value-50 CZK is already more than 2 dollars .

My grandson's wallet photographed today (however, his amount of coins is influenced by the tooth fairy - who, for a lost tooth, carries coins under the children's pillow in the morning)

So, because of the tooth fairy, we don't even have another option. Dear visitors, I sincerely believe that you felt well. And next time, ask the others about our evil, taxi drivers, etc. and what to watch out for.

Ahoj Ivan

Thanks for sharing this. Enjoyed Czechia but was there very shortly; so shortly that I forgot to purchase the vignette when driving in. Technically went twice, once coming from Dresden, then again heading back from Slovakia. The exchange houses offer excellent rates there (99.7%! on most days) but it was already 7pm on a Sunday and had some 1300Kc left…

Kenny

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Hi, 

 

Not sure if it has been mentioned, but coins are used in the Dominican Republic.

Some_Nerd

Hello everyone,

 

I am attempting to compile a list of countries that use coins. For this list, I am looking for firsthand accounts, both personal and published, of coins being used in commerce in the past five years. My definition of use is a consumer being able to use 6 coins or fewer in a transaction (e.g., five Quarters for a candy bar). This list is not set in stone and disagreements are welcome, if not encouraged.

 

I look forward to reading your replies.

 

Regards,

Theodore

 

 

Countries that use coins (countries which I have first-hand accounts of coins being used):

 

Albania

Aruba

Australia and her territories

Austria (Euro)

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium (Euro)

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Cayman Islands

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia (Euro)

Czechia

Dominica (East Caribbean Dollar)

Dominican Republic

Ecuador (US and local coins)

El Salvador (US coins)

France (Euro)

Gabon (CFA Franc)

Georgia

Germany (Euro)

Ghana

Greece (Euro)

Grenada (East Caribbean Dollar)

Guatemala

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Israel

Italy (Euro)

Jamaica

Japan

Latvia (Euro)

Liberia

Mexico

Monaco (Euro)

Montenegro (Euro)

Netherlands (Euro)

New Zealand

Norway

Panama (US and local coins)

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal (Euro)

Romania

Saint Kitts and Nevis (East Caribbean Dollar)

Saint Lucia (East Caribbean Dollar)

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia (Euro)

South Africa

Spain (Euro)

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom and her territories

United States and her territories

Uruguay

Vatican City (Euro)

 

Countries that only have useless coins:

Argentina

 

Countries that probably use coins (countries assumed to use coins, but lack confirmation):

Andorra (Euro)

Angola

Anguilla (East Caribbean Dollar)

Antigua and Barbuda (East Caribbean Dollar)

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Belize

Benin (CFA franc)

Bolivia

Bosnia

Brunei

Burkina Faso (CFA franc)

Cabo Verde

Cameroon (CFA Franc)

Central African Republic (CFA franc)

Chad (CFA Franc)

Congo, Republic (CFA Franc)

Cuba

Cyprus (Euro)

Denmark

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea (CFA Franc)

Estonia (Euro)

Finland (Euro)

Fiji

Grenada (East Caribbean Dollar)

Guinea (CFA franc)

Guinea-Bissau (CFA franc)

Guyana

Ivory Coast (CFA franc)

Kazakhstan

Kiribati (Australian Dollar)

Kosovo

Kuwait

Lebanon

Liechtenstein (Swiss Franc)

Lithuania (Euro)

Luxembourg (Euro)

Macau

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta (Euro)

Mauritania

Mauritius

Moldova

Montserrat (East Caribbean Dollar)

Morocco

Nauru (Australian Dollar)

Nepal

Netherlands Antilles

North Macedonia

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Papua New Guinea

Qatar

Russia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (East Caribbean Dollar)

San Marino (Euro)

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Slovenia (Euro)

South Korea

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Togo (CFA franc)

Transnistria

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu (Australian Dollar)

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

 

Countries that may use coins (countries assumed to not use coins, but lack confirmation):

Argentina

Belarus

Botswana

Burundi

Comoros

eSwatini

Gambia

Haiti

Honduras

Indonesia

Iran

Kyrgyzstan

Lesotho

Madagascar

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Paraguay

Rwanda

Seychelles

Sweden

Syria

Timor-Leste

Western Sahara

Zambia

Zimbabwe

 

Countries that don’t use coins:

Afghanistan

Bhutan

Cambodia

Congo, Democratic Republic

Eritrea

Iraq

Laos

Libya

Mongolia

Myanmar

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Vietnam

Yemen

I can confirm that in Nicaragua they still use coins although banknotes are more popular. They gave me in change every coin except 5 centavos. Not sure if it was because of the value of 5 centavos or they just wanted to earn a bit but they still use coins

Well here is the data from my personal experience (That I can recall);

  • Mexico Monterrey Dec 2016 coins above 1 Peso.
  • USA New York and Connecticut May-June 2017 1 Cent to Quarters.
  • Belgium Brussels Dec 2017 coins above 5 Euro cents.
  • Egypt Hurghada May 2018 only used Pound Sterling as far as I can remember.
  • UAE Dubai Oct 2018 coins above 25 fils.
  • UAE Abu Dhabi May 2019 coins above 25 Fils.
  • France Paris May-June 2022 1 Euro cent to 2 Euro coins.
  • UAE Dubai July 2022 25 Fils to 1 Dirham.
  • UK 1 Penny and up.

 

My parents got some photographic proof below.

  • France Granville 2013 1 Cent to 2 Euro coins.
  • Mexico Cancun Spring 2016 coins above 1 Peso.
  • Singapore Dec 2022- Jan 2023 5 Cent to 1 Dollar.
  • Australia WA Jan 2023 5 Cents and above.
  • UAE Dubai Jan 2023 25 Fils and above.

Friends:

Poland circa 2017 10 Groszy and above.

 

Other countries my friends mentioned they have been to but I have not asked about the coins they have used whilst there (I'll post more info in the coming weeks):

  • Dominican Republic 
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania 
  • Pakistan 
  • Romania
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey 
Hi to whoever is reading this. Did you know that TYPEWRITER (on a QWERTY keyboard) is the longest word you can type using only the letters on one row of the keyboard.

I live in Turkey and we are using coins of course. We use 1 Lira, 50 Kurus, 25 Kurus, 10 Kurus, 5 Kurus and 1 Kurus. People mostly use 1 Lira and 50 Kurus. 1 Kurus is still minted by the mint, but I haven't seen it on the market for years. The use of 5 Kurus and 10 Kurus has decreased considerably in the last 2 years, but it is still used.

you can't park your car in cities without coins

I recently went to use the library at a university near me.  You could only pay for the parking with an app on your phone (of course I had both coins and even a credit card in my pocket!).

 

I took a chance, since I knew I would only be away for about 15 -20 minutes, and wound up getting ticketed.  

Lesson learned.

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