Exchange of Irish Coin 

Old Irish coin up to the value of IR£500 may be exchanged, at the discretion of the Central Bank, over the counter at our Dame Street offices, or by post, as set out below.  All Irish coinage issued for circulation by the Central Bank or its predecessor the Currency Commission can be exchanged at present.

Amounts Over IR£500

Amounts over IR£500 can only be exchanged post or by prior arrangement with our Currency Issue Department.  Please call +353 1 219 8000 to make the necessary arrangements to lodge the coin with our Currency Issue Department via a Cash-In-Transit company approved by the Private Security Authority.  All such lodgments should be packaged in line with standards as detailed at the foot of this page and the exchange form set out below should be completed in full and presented together with the properly packaged coin.  A copy of your photographic ID should be included with the completed form.

Subject to the lodgement satisfying the Bank’s verification/authentication process, the Bank will then send a payment directly into your bank account for the appropriate amount, usually within 20 working days. 

Counter Exchange

Bank staff can only accept Irish coin.  The Bank does not exchange foreign coinage.

If you wish to exchange your Irish coin in person you should bring them along with your original photographic ID, to the Central Bank of Ireland, Dame Street, Dublin 2.  A map showing our location is available here.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 15:30 Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.  The contact number is + 353 1 224 6110.

Amounts up to the value of IR£500 may be redeemed on the same day subject to approval by Bank staff. 

It is preferable that coin is properly packaged when being exchanged at Dame Street.

In order for the staff to facilitate the exchange of loose coinage, customers must ensure that the coin is in good quality and does not contain any foreign coinage or objects (e.g. paper clips). 

Loose Pre-decimal coinage and 1/2p coins must be separated from other coinage, for exchange at the Bank.

Staff may refuse to handle coinage that contains foreign objects, is dirty or contains a mixture of Pre and Post decimal coinage.

Postal Exchange

If you wish to exchange your Irish coin by post you will need to send it to the appropriate address given below.

Please complete the exchange form set out below; this completed form should be sent along with a copy of your photographic ID and your Irish coin. Subject to the lodgement satisfying the Bank’s verification/authentication process, the Bank will then send a payment directly into your Bank Account for the appropriate amount, usually within 15 working days. Failure in completing the form in full or failure to submit all relevant supporting documentation will result in delay in reimbursement. Note that all coins exchanged by post must meet the packaging standards set out below.

Less than IR£500 Greater than IR£500
Teller Section Currency Issue Division
Central Bank of Ireland Central Bank of Ireland
PO Box 559 Currency Centre
Dame Street Sandyford
Dublin 2 Dublin 16

 Click here for the form for exchange of Irish Banknotes and Coin for Domestic Payments

 Click here for the form for exchange of Irish Banknotes and Coin for non-Domestic Payments

 Click here for information on Account Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packaging Standards 

Coins should be sorted per denomination in standardised packaging as follows:
(a) the bags or boxes shall comprise:

Decimal Currency

Denomination

No of coins per sachet

Value of coins per sachet

Number of coins per bag

Value of Coins per full bag

 

 

IR£

 

IR£

£1

20

20.00

500

500.00

50p

20

10.00

500

250.00

20p

50

10.00

1,000

200.00

10p*

50

5.00

1,000

100.00

5p*

100

5.00

2,000

100.00

2p

50

1.00

1,000

20.00

1p

100

1.00

2,000

20.00

½p

200

1.00

4,000

20.00

                                    *Old and New 5p and 10p coins should not be mixed

(b) each bag shall bear the identifying details of the submitting natural or legal person, the value and the denomination contained, the weight, the date of packaging and the bag number; the submitting natural or legal person shall provide a packaging list with an overview of the bags or boxes submitted; where coins have been treated with chemical or other hazardous substances, the standard packaging units shall be accompanied by a written declaration specifying the exact substances or processes which have been used*;

(c) where the total quantity of IR£ coins is smaller than the requirements referred to in point (a), those coins shall be sorted by denomination and may be submitted in non-standard packaging.