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18 Jun 2020 9:16 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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18 Jun 2020 9:17 a.m. PST
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HappyHiker18 Jun 2020 2:43 a.m. PST

I realize this is a stupid question, and I might get a lot of stupid answers, but I'm going to ask anyway.

Where do I get 2p and 1p peices from in Quantity?
Don't laugh, yes I'm in the UK. I can get some from shops, but they look at me funny when I ask for all my change in 2p's. Also I want magnetic ones, about 50% of the ones I get arent magnetic.

Anyone know an easy way to get a few ús worth of 2p's ? Most places are locked down and the banks are shut. I was thinking slot machine arcades and the like but there arent any near me. I want about 100.

Bob the Temple Builder18 Jun 2020 2:56 a.m. PST

Go to any bank. They will let you have bags of 1p and 2p coins.

Bob the Temple Builder18 Jun 2020 2:59 a.m. PST

PS. The banks In my area have been open during lockdown, so I was surprised to read that you didn't have one that was open near you. I've had to queue to use the cashier service … but I think we've all got to use to that over the last three months.

John Armatys18 Jun 2020 3:02 a.m. PST

Try you bank's website (my bank says most branches are open and only one out of ten branches "close" to where I live is closed (they shut the local branch last year…). It would be sensible to ring the chosen branch first to save a wasted journey. You take your chances on getting magnetic ones, so you'll need to ask for at least twice the amount you need and then get strange looks in shops when you start paying for everything in 2ps.

A slower method is to use the self service tills at supermarkets – they often seem to give a lot of copper in change.

JimDuncanUK18 Jun 2020 3:06 a.m. PST

I robbed my youngest daughters piggy bank as well as my grandsons piggy bank and found a good few. A large strong magnet was handy sorting them out.

Both my daughter and my grandson made a healthy profit as I changed the useful coins for a paper equivalent and then some.

You can also purchase 1p and 2p sized MDF bases from Warbases complete with holes for magnets as well as magnets.


Warbases are in lockdown at the moment.

JimDuncanUK18 Jun 2020 3:08 a.m. PST

Go to any bank. They will let you have bags of 1p and 2p coins.

Some banks may insist you have an account with them.

Bob the Temple Builder18 Jun 2020 3:11 a.m. PST

Jim Duncan,

I've never had that happen to me … but I've only tended to use big branches of a High Street banks. I can imagine that smaller branches might refuse if they thought it might impact on their regular clients.

HappyHiker18 Jun 2020 3:27 a.m. PST

ok thanks I'll see if any banks are open. My local one is shut I assumed they all were.
(I never expected so many replies, I didnt think anyone would monitor the basing forum :-))

tabletopwargamer18 Jun 2020 4:49 a.m. PST

Try a post office or ask in any local shop. They will be delighted to get rid of them.

Use your initiative man!

HappyHiker18 Jun 2020 5:02 a.m. PST

I've asked at local shops, they are happy to give you 20p in change but not much more. Went to town, banks wont give you change unless you have an account ( I have an internet bank). Eventually a post office gave me £1.00 GBP in 2p and very begrudgingly at that. Its seems to be remarkable hard to get hold of coins these days.

I did know it was a dumb question, but really its not as simple as you'd think.

bong6718 Jun 2020 5:30 a.m. PST

You can't get 1 or 2p coins from the post office without a change card which you need to get from your bank.
I got £5.00 GBP worth of 2p pieces from my bank last week. They were OK with it but a bit reluctant to give me so many. They asked what I needed the coins for and I said a craft project and they were OK with that but if I needed more ( I shouldn't need many for a few years as I now have 250 2ps!) I'd just ask for a pound's worth at a time that's one coin bag and less likely to be questioned.
Someone on a wargames facebook page last week said Warbases were doing some orders although the web site is closed. You could try and contact them directly and see if they can help you.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2020 7:41 a.m. PST

British coin shops have been known to sell old copper coins in big bags, but you'll wind up with a mix of denominations. Is there a date after which they're magnetic?

Vintage Wargaming18 Jun 2020 8:59 a.m. PST

I can let you have some at 10p each

Dagwood18 Jun 2020 9:30 a.m. PST

Shops are reluctant to give lots of change because they have to BUY their change from the banks. It costs them more than £1.00 GBP for 50 2p pieces.

I also raided the children's (and my wife's) collecting boxes so I have a large supply of 1p and 2p pieces, all magnetic.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

Given your name, here's what I've been up to. I couldn't go hiking, initially because the mountain trails were covered in snow (I believe some of hem still are), then because we weren't supposed to go places like that and were sheltering at home. So, I walked about town, 14 miles to the shopping center and back to my home, once a week. I picked up all the coins I saw. I can't readily convert these to paper money (that part of our banks is still closed), so I have several hundred US pennies. Perhaps you British are tidier than we are, but still, when I was in Italy and Greece, I came home with Euro coins, and both the one Euro cent coins were things I picked up, because nobody gave those out as change.


JimDuncanUK18 Jun 2020 12:20 p.m. PST

In most of the States I have been to they tend to have a little dish at a till holding small coins to help those needing an exact amount. I think the modus is also to leave some of your own small coins to help out the next guy/gal.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2020 12:21 p.m. PST

Would not metal washers work?

JimDuncanUK18 Jun 2020 2:07 p.m. PST

Would not metal washers work?

Yes, but a coin sized washer is usually more expensive than the coin.

Andrew Beasley18 Jun 2020 2:47 p.m. PST

If you are after magnetic ones then you need to go for those made since September 1992 as these are copper coated steel. Avoid those dated 1998 when the 2p was made in both bronze and steel. I've no idea why but it happened!

Cheapest place for washers I have found in the UK is either trade shops for boxes (OK if you are building a new army maybe) and Wilko in their odd bits section near the nails. Cheaper than eBay for small quantities I found.

Swampster18 Jun 2020 3:31 p.m. PST

Might be worth asking at a charity shop.

Fried Flintstone18 Jun 2020 4:05 p.m. PST

Y local post office always provides a bag when requested

JAFD2618 Jun 2020 8:32 p.m. PST

Salutations !

Meanwhile, in the USA

Which is why thousands of people are marching around demanding change ;-)

Martin Rapier19 Jun 2020 12:00 a.m. PST

All the banks in the town centre here are open, so you should be fine.

arthur181519 Jun 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

I volunteer in a charity shop and we'd gladly give you 2p's for more useful coins – but I don't think travelling to the Morden Cats Protection shop would be cost effective for you!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2020 10:51 p.m. PST

Banks are a good source of coins. When I was basing my colonial figures on pennies, as suggested by Larry Brom, of The Sword and the Flame , I discovered that Canadian pennies cost 3/4 the price of US pennies. So I took my girlfriend shopping in Canada and stopped at a bank for $20 USDUS in Canadian pennies. That was in 1990 and I am still using them today. Of course all the money I saved was spent on the trip :(

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