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Friday, 21 December 2018

HSBC branches with coin deposit machines in

25 July 2019: HSBC now has a page on its site to address this so my blog post is happily redundant but kept here for continuity.

Go to put in a town to narrow things down a bit then click on the 'More search options' link then select Coin machine and Refresh.

I have a LOT of coins and I'm going to have to make several journeys to get rid of them. My own bank, HSBC has coin deposit machines in some of its branches but there doesn't appear to be a list of them. I've spotted this unintentionally amusing Twitter thread in which someone asked the HSBC account if there was a coin machine in a particular branch and then everyone started joining in. At some point someone suggests putting a list on their website... this clever info is going to be fed back (but hasn't been yet).

So I've made a list below of the info I could find. HSBC staff are welcome to steal this info back again and put it on their website and then point people to the page who ask about it.
  1. Using coin deposit machines / weight of bagged coins by type, and other non-HSBC options
  2. London HSBC branches with coin deposit machines
  3. Outside London HSBC branches with coin deposit machines 
This is a good article from The Sun (!) about the pros and cons of the different options.

1. Using coin deposit machines / weight of bagged coins by type, and other non-HSBC options
To use HSBC you need an HSBC bank account and will either need to use your bank card or know your Sort Code and Account Number - when you put the coins in the total value is credited to your account.  Apparently it's possible to change coins at any Metro bank, even without an account. Also there are Coin Star machines in supermarkets such as Asda, Morrison, Sainsbury (I think these charge you a percentage - 9%? - but do give you cash).

First a list from Reddit in 2014.

When using coin deposit machines the advice seems to be to proceed cautiously as the machines tend to get stuck and may even fill up if you're putting more than £20 in there. Basically drip feed the machine and let a member of staff know (if one's around) in case you need help.

If your branch doesn't have a coin machine then you can get bags and bag up the coins for counter service (no idea if they give you cash or if you have to deposit, but you'll still have to have an account with HSBC, not sure for Metro). Obviously the coin machine involves a lot less work as you don't have to separate anything out into bags.

Bagging - quicker to weigh coins rather than count. As I discovered £71 into the process.
  • £1 in 1p weighs 356g
  • £1 in 2p weighs 356g
  • £5 in 5p weighs ~326g
Some helpful person on a forum weighed more coins than me and came up with this
  • 100 x 1p = 356g
  • 50 x 2p = 356g
  • 100 x 5p = 325g
  • 50 x 10p = 325g
  • 50 x 20p = 250g
  • 20 x 50p = 160g
  • 20 x £1 = 190g
  • 10 x £2 = 240g
If you have a balance (instead of weighing scales that count up to the actual value) just count one bag's worth of each coin type and use that as a counterweight for weighing later bags. As they do in the bank!

UK LOCATIONS of HSBC coin depost machines - list from 2010.

2. London HSBC branches with coin deposit machines - check before turning up with large sums of money!
  • Baker Street - 186 Baker Street, London, NW1 5RU
  • Belgravia - Vauxhall Road ("The Peak, 333 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1EJ")
  • Jubliee Place (Canary Wharf) - apparently not
  • Charing Cross / Strand - 455 Strand, London, WC2R 0RH
  • City of London - Queen Victoria Street
  • Clapham Junction
  • Croydon - North End Branch
  • Edgware Road - 171 Edgware Rd, London W2 2HR
  • Fenchurch Street
  • Fleet Street
  • Fulham Broadway ("pretty sure" according to reddit thread, so check first)
  • Kingston 
  • Knightsbridge
  • Marble Arch - apparently closed (info later in thread)
  • Marylebone Road
  • Oxford Circus
  • Sutton - NO
  • Westfield Stratford - E15 1AA

3. Outside London HSBC branches with coin deposit machines again check before you go as things change! Also where someone's asked and been told there isn't one I've added that as a NO.
  • Aberdeen - NO
  • Birmingham - NO 
  • Bromsgrove
  • Blackpool - NO
  • Bolton - Victoria Square
  • Cambridge - 63-64 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3BZ
  • Cardiff - NO (OK maybe they do?)
  • Chesterfield - NO
  • Colchester - Midland House branch: 26 North Station Road, Colchester, CO1 1SY
  • Coventry - NO 
  • Dundee
  • Exeter - Exeter High Street
  • Great Yarmouth - 181 King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1LS
  • Hereford - NO
  • Leeds - NO 
  • Lincoln
  • Manchester - 2-4 St Anne's Square, Manchester, M2 7HD
  • Northallerton DL7 8LQ / Middlesbrough
  • Northampton - 22 Abington Street, NN1 2AJ
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield City
  • Shefffield Meadow Hall
  • York - 12 Parliament Street, YO1 8XS

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