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Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

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Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

Has anyone discovered the men who have pockets full of Australian $2 coins at the Dempasar airport? We have come across them a couple of times now and wondered if they are for real. A few people changed their notes for the coins as we waited to board our flight this time. Are they real coins and where are they getting them from?

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1. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

Yes they are real, from what I understand these a proceeds from the bracelets that they make from two dollars coins and also the street kids in Legian selling bracelets.

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2. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

These guys get the coins from tourists for things like helping with suitcases at the airport or payment for small items for sale etc.

They then ask people to swap the coins for notes which they can exchange for rupiah. The coins are useless for them to exchange hence why they want the notes.

Some tourists are happy to give them notes for the coins. The coins are real.

Perth
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3. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

This has been going on for years.

Like Snooky said, the coins are useless to them as the banks don't take them.

They are real.

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4. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

Yes, the $2 coins are real and usually given to them as tips.

Have happily exchanged my notes for the coins so these guys can benefit from their tip money.

Pamela.

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5. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

I have done this several times now and had no problems. The coins have been legit and the amount they say they have bundled has always been correct. I have no problems exchanging their stash of 1 or 2 $coins into notes,,in fact I find it really useful. I can always use them when I get home. I usaually buy back $50 at a time.

Edited: 03 March 2013, 11:06
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6. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

most of the coins are from the Tourists who think that they are getting bracelets made from them. The bracelets are not made from $2 coins they are made from a cheap metal. The coins are then sold at the airport. Just another Bali scam, but a very old one

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7. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

We always swap them, as they are handy to use on the flight home to purchase drinks....

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8. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

My understanding was they used to make rings from them.Perhaps they don't use them to make rings with anymore.

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9. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

they collect the $2 and $1 coins to exchange for aussie notes.

Perth, Australia
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10. Re: Man wanting to change $2 coins for notes

It's not a scam they get notes you get coins of the same value . Husband has done it a few times, good Karma to help people out.