Our Coin Program

Foreign Coin Repatriation Programme

One project to raise money for our anti-malaria campaign and other foreign projects involves the collection and repatriation of unwanted foreign coins and notes.

Travellers returning to Australia from overseas countries bring with them leftover coins and notes of small denominations from the countries they have visited.

This money is usually too low in value to be changed back into Australian Currency so the travellers donate it to the Rotary charity collection.

It has no value in Australia. Foreign coins cannot be converted within Australia.

The Rotary Club of Hornsby District in New South Wales, assisted by Rotary Clubs in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland and the ACT, collects the unwanted coins and notes from Bendigo Bank branches and other sources in cities throughout Australia.

The coins and notes are then sorted and returned (by Rotarians, families and friends who happen to be travelling overseas) to their country of origin where they are converted into Australian dollars or larger denomination local currency notes.

Coins and notes for more remote or less visited countries are sent through a Rotary agent.

Our Foreign Coin Repatriation Program is open to all Rotarians and Friends of Rotarians around Australia.

It is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. You take our coins overseas.

  2. You spend our coins overseas.

  3. You give us back Australian dollars at the exchange rate when you spent the foreign currency.

We currently have currency from the following countries for repatriation:

  • Canada
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Viet Nam
  • Other Countries Using the Euro
Looking for resources to promote this program to your club? Click here.