I've got a handful of Australian 1 and 2 cent coins, which are no longer regularly used (unlike the scenario in How to get rid of spare change). Much as I like feathertail gliders and frilled neck lizards, what can I do with them?
Coins: What you can and can’t do says you are legally able to use them up to 20 cents of them in a single transaction:
Well, if you still have them, then they too are still legal tender, despite being withdrawn from circulation in 1992, but they cannot exceed 20 cents. In other words, you can only use 20 1 cent pieces for a transaction.
however, I'm worried that the average retailer will refuse to accept them. Are any retailers' staff fully trained on the Currency Act and therefore more likely to accept them without any hesitation?
Is it possible to sell coins that have undergone normal wear and tear to coin collectors? Cash to be made by taking leave of your cents claims dealers sell them for 50 cents each.
I'd ask about selling them for scrap metal, but I don't think I have enough for that to be worthwhile.
Also, is it legal to throw them out in the garbage?