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Member since 31 Jul 2006
Member from Cashmere
How do you feel about the new coins in New Zealand?
I find the 20cent piece and the fifty cent pieces too small for someone with 'not so good eyesight' they are difficult to recognise also they are too light.
Member since 10 Jul 2006
Member from Waipawa
I am also sight impaired but find the 20c coin easy to recognise with the ridges around the rim. My problem is with the 50c and 10c. To most the 10c is a different colour but I can't see the colour difference with my eye condition. I know the 10c is a bit smaller and I can differentiate if I have both coins in my hand but cannot do so if it is only the one coin being the 10c or 50c. I don't mind the new lighter weight but I wonder how long it will be before the 10c is fazed out. I remember complaining about the coins when we changed over to decimal currency so no doubt we will all get used to the new coins in time.
Member since 03 Apr 2007
Member from Napier
I find that the 10c and the $1 coin confuse me, especially at night, or dim lighting. They, to me, are both the same color.
Member since 14 Sep 2006
Member from Glenfield
They are all so much smaller that I am now fishing around in the bottom of a deep purse which was ideal for the old heavy and larger coins. I am glad for the lighter purse tho'.
I find that i am avoiding using coins at all now and am using eftpos as there is no charge for the trasactions in the bank.
Member since 01 Aug 2006
Well now that we have all had time to get used to the new coins , what are your thoughts about them ? I am now finding that the 10 cent coin is a bit of a nuisance and save them in a jar like I did with the 5 cents .
I still stick with my comment about the 10c & $1 coin creating confusion as they are so close in size & color. I like the fact that the coins are lighter, less wear on my pockets! I also use eftpos, as it is so much easier. I hope that you are nice & warm where you are. It is real cold in Napier today, & showery. Have a great day everybody! Trevor.
Member since 08 Feb 2007
Member from Hastings
Hi Doug, well, Im with you guys, hate the 10cent coin, too light, too small, gather in my purse, and thats what i seem to be left with after a shopping spree, well not spree actually, just those trips to the supermarket, etc, gosh I hate groc. shopping, anyway Im going to start a jar, great idea.Cold here in the Bay still, but nothing compared with what is happening in other parts of the country. cheers
Member since 28 Oct 2006
Member from Eltham
Most of the problem with the new coins is that we pay for most of our shopping with plastic so we don't handle them much now days, only at the pub & after a couple I can't see the damn things anyway. Just as well we have honest barmen round here. And if you people think it's cold on the east coast get over here In south taranaki today our top was about 9 deg I think.
Member since 02 Nov 2006
Member from Linwood
In modern terms I think the new coins suck! Mine gather dust in the coin section of my wallet. If I am shopping in a not so busy shop I tip them out on the counter whinging about how hard it is to see what's what. The assistants are just so obliging and count them up to pay for my purchase. It is surprising how much worth has gathered in my wallet. I bet the children can run rings around this grandma at sorting them out. If we keep this up the shops may begin complaining and want rid of them.
I like them cos my bag is a LOT lighter now. i hardly ever use them. I think the 20's and the 50's are the ones I puzzle over..the 10 is fine. I keep my dollar coins in a seperate compartment from the cents..and that helps.
Member since 28 Jun 2006
Member from Runanga
Like you Bobbity, I think the 20c & 50c are too much alike. The way I solve the coin problem is to buy a money box from the Warehouse and at the end of every week, empty all the coins into it. Sometimes there is as much as $10 - $15. I did this for 2yrs before going on a holiday once and there was over $800. I was most surprised! It was very handy for extra spending money.
sounds like a good idea but I heard a while ago that banks now charge a fee to count sums over a certain amount, is that true or is that only for a business?
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