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Old 07.09.2008, 23:38
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

Why on earth do the emotions get so high when you say you throw away money? As humans living in the western world we waste and throw away endless amounts of just about everything everyday. What makes throwing away the real thing so bad vs. throwing away something of equal value but not money?

And I really don't see what charity has to do with it. With that argument we should be giving to charity every time we throw food in the trash, shouldn't we?

Another thought, let's say I throw 1 CHF of 5 rappen in the garbage today and then throw in a 1 CHF coin in the coin collection next time I pass the airport, is that ok? Or does it have to be in 5 rappen coins for me to get absolution?
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Old 07.09.2008, 23:41
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

Bury them in a shoe box, and make some little child very happy many years from now...

(presuming we all live past Wednesday)
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Old 07.09.2008, 23:42
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

Surely you must realize that one thing doesn't say one iota about the other.


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Surely you can find someone in need of a little money rather than throw it away?
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Old 07.09.2008, 23:55
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Are there any tips on how or where these coins can be spent, or otherwise put to good use?
To get back to what the OP originally asked: "Good Use" IMHO is not trashing it!

How about saving it up in a jar and giving it away as a raffle prize at the EF Christmas party.

Take it to McDonald's at stick in the the little boxes they have while waiting for your fries.

Just leave on a wall somewhere. Even a kid would be happy to find a couple of centimes for his piggy bank.

Anywhere, just not in the bin!
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Just leave on a wall somewhere. Even a kid would be happy to find a couple of centimes for his piggy bank.
Lovely idea!

You could even make a trail of them, leading to something or other at the other end: A dead rat and a string to swing it, for example, or some other childish trinket.

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Old 08.09.2008, 00:02
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Just leave on a wall somewhere. Even a kid would be happy to find a couple of centimes for his piggy bank.
Even a Swiss kid?
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Old 08.09.2008, 00:03
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Even a Swiss kid?
Why not? Are they any different to others?
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Even a Swiss kid?
If you disguised it properly, yes:

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If there's a stamp machine near you, you can buy a -.85 stamp for 17 coins each.

Or you can go to the post office and get some coin roll paper for free. The -.05 coin is rolled in amounts of 50. They'll probably send you rolling anyway if you try to get rid of a big pile of coins.

At the Raiffeisen branch in our village they have a machine that you can throw all your coins into and it counts them out and gives you a slip with the total value of the coins, so there is no need to roll them.
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Old 08.09.2008, 00:26
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Even a Swiss kid?
I really like Swiss kids, but I couldn't eat a whole one.

Is this thread still alive?
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Old 08.09.2008, 00:28
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

They're not bad with a nice cheese sauce.

You can invoke Godwin's Law if you want, you know.
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Old 08.09.2008, 00:31
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Why not? Are they any different to others?
I am not sure if Swiss children are any different to others as I am not overly child friendly much to the disgust of my poor grand-childless mother.

My comment was also not intended to be inflammatory. I was merely insinuating that there is a small possibility that Swiss children are not as accustomed to smaller denominations as many of their counterparts around the globe, due to the affiliation that Switzerland has with money.

One would hope that this was portrayed by my use of the emoticon .

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Old 08.09.2008, 00:36
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

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You can invoke Godwin's Law if you want, you know.
I hereby invoke Godwin's Law.

Anyone for Swiss Rug-Rat raclette ?
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Old 08.09.2008, 10:03
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

Just out of curiosity, what is wrong with using the 5rp coins when you are doing your shopping? Like all other coins and even bank notes they are worth the value printed on them and are accepted legal tender so erm... why not use them in their intended function?
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

Attempt to buy a train ticket with them using the only machine in the area when I am waiting behind you, spend about 5 minutes selecting your location then painfully feed the coins in waiting for the previous coin to drop before inserting the next one.

That's what everybody else seems to do anyway.
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

You should save a few and keep them with you at all times in case you are set apon by a swarm of marauding wasps.
I´ve heard tell that a couple of these little coins placed on a table, will keep wasps at bay. A statment I consider to be either an urban legend or an example of the ellusive Swiss humour, along the same lines as, "if you hold your breath and touch stinging nettle it won't hurt". Yeah right!
But who know's maybe it really does work!!
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While doing some cleaning today I realized I have accumulated nearly 3 swiss franks worth of 5-rappen coins since moving here a year ago.

Are there any tips on how or where these coins can be spent, or otherwise put to good use?
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While doing some cleaning today I realized I have accumulated nearly 3 swiss franks worth of 5-rappen coins since moving here a year ago.

Are there any tips on how or where these coins can be spent, or otherwise put to good use?
I've seen some charity boxes in pharmacies and in the reception areas of hospitals and I think the toy shop, Franz Karl Weber, has a charity box on the counter you could drop the coins into - although with 3 francs worth of 50 rap coins, the box will probably fall through the counter-top .
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Old 08.09.2008, 10:46
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

Never heard the saying "Watch the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves"?

I spend all my 5rp, I try to go through all the coins in my pocket before getting more money out of the bank machine (Unless I know I'm going to need more, I'm not so tight as to go on a night out with 5fr in the pocket).
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Old 08.09.2008, 11:17
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

I have just been watching on T.V that a child dies every 17 seconds from drinking dirty water, and with as little as £2 (around 4frcs) a month you can help save lives here is the website www.wateraid.org so instead of putting them in the bin why not help save a childs life
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Re: 5-Rappen Coins

For all those throwing those 5 rappens, I am not talking moral values, but just that it may be useful for someone else. Also, you never know what it will be worth in a few years..

If you don't believe me... :-)
http://www.muenzenzubehoer.ch/produc...oducts_id=3148

Also, Quote on another post from Richard

"Ending in 1939 the Swiss produced nickel coins for the 5rp, 10rp and 20rp which are almost always thrown out of machines as they are magnetic. These are also not legal tender. but are rather collectable."
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