It has come to this: I am paying for my San Pelligrino six-packs with 20-rappen coins (thatâ€™s 36 coins for those of you playing the game at home). Why you might ask? Because they are there. In fact, they are everywhere. Under the sofa cushion, in a coat pocket, by the bowlful on the bookshelf â€“ I even found one in my boot the other day.
Soon, however, my days of plastic coin baggies at the local Migros will be over. Because I just confirmed that Basler Kantonalbank has an automatic coin counting machine available free of charge (up to 1,000 CHF) to its customers.* Just bring your coins, dump them in the machine and take your receipt to a bank teller to get the money deposited into your account. If you donâ€™t have an account there, no worries, just find a friend who does â€“ itâ€™ll take two of you to carry all those coins anyway.
*UBSÂ accepts coins from its customers but they charge a fee and will credit your account after they verify the amount.