The Easiest Way To Roll Coins Yourself

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By Joshua

Do you have a bunch of coins sitting around in your change jar that you need to put into wrappers?

Sure, you could roll them by hand like I do. (I love looking for old coins and error coins, so I like to check each coin by hand. This is called coin roll searching.)

But what if you’ve got thousands of coins and don’t really want to spend time looking at every coin?

There are several great coin sorters and coin wrapping machines available that can count and wrap your coins for you, lickety-split!

Check these out:

If you’re wrapping them up yourself, be sure to count out the coins carefully to avoid any discrepancies.

Wrapping coins can be a soothing activity once you get the hang of it — especially if you’re listening to your favorite podcast or some light music while you’re doing it.

Choosing The Right Coin Roll Wrappers

The wrappers themselves are available in either a flat style or a tube style.

I like to use the flat coin wrappers — but some say the tube style coin wrappers are slightly easier to work with.

Coin wrappers are available (for FREE) from any local bank. They typically give out the flat style of coin wrappers — but both types of coin wrappers are common these days.

Coin wrappers are available for each denomination of U.S coin, and they are color-coded:

  • Pennies (red)
  • Nickels (blue)
  • Dimes (green)
  • Quarters (orange)
  • Half dollars (usually brown)
  • Dollars (usually gray)

Each wrapper is designed to hold a specific number of coins, based on the denomination.

How To Roll Coins Yourself Manually

Here’s how to roll coins in paper wrappers:

  1. Count out the total number of coins that are required to go inside the wrapper, based on denomination (using the chart above).
  2. Arrange all of those coins into several short stacks on a table.
  3. Open a flat coin wrapper, and put your pointer finger inside (to “catch” the coins that you will be dropping inside).
  4. Slide the coins into the wrapper — one stack at a time.
    TIP: I like to place all of the coins for one wrapper into the palm of my hand first. Then, I softly jiggle them to line up in a single row, supported by my forefinger and middle finger underneath them (as seen in the photo). This way, the coins will all slide nicely into the coin wrapper in one move!
  5. Place both of your forefingers into the open ends of the coin wrapper — to push the coins toward the center of the roll (like this).
  6. Use your thumbs to fold both open ends of the wrapper “inward” (like when you’re wrapping the end of a gift) — so that both ends of the wrapper are securely closed and the coins cannot fall out.
    NOTE: There’s no right or wrong way to do this. The bank will accept them regardless of how nice your “folded ends” look.

This video shows you how to roll coins in the tube-style wrappers:

Did you notice the “pill bottle” hack mentioned in the above coin rolling video? That little trick can be used when wrapping coins in the flat-style wrappers also! (It’s just like using an official coin tube to wrap coins.)

An Easier Way To Do Coin Sorting, Stacking & Counting

Don’t want to physically “count” all the coins and put them into stacks yourself?…

Then you’ll appreciate this coin counting and coin sorting tray that does all the work for you!

It’s similar to the coin trays they use at banks and casinos, pictured here:

A coin tray makes sorting and counting all denominations of coins prior to placing them in coin wrappers much easier!


Well, that’s everything there is to know about how to roll coins yourself!

I hope you’ve got a better understanding of the whole concept of coin rolling now – from choosing the appropriate supplies to making the process faster and easier. 

Now it’s time to put into practice what you’ve learned about the art of coin rolling.

Happy coin rolling!