Mechanics Bank relaunches no-fee collection drive for coins

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Mechanics Bank's no fee coin collection expands to Hilltop branch
Mechanics Bank's Hilltop Branch is located at 3190 Klose Way in Richmond. (Google Maps)

By Kathy Chouteau

Mechanics Bank has announced it is renewing its efforts to assist local businesses short on change by inviting community members to exchange their coins for paper bills at coin-counting machines, with associated fees being waived until future notice. The bank’s coin collection drive was initially launched one year ago this month.

According to the bank in a statement, “the demand for coins continues” and the collection campaign will support businesses that are running short on change due to national circulation issues set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Richmond, self-help coin-counting machines are available at the following Mechanics Bank locations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Hilltop Branch, 3190 Klose Way, Richmond; and the Mira Vista Branch, 4100 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond.

Other regional options for swapping coins for paper bills include: The Danville Branch (inside Lunardi’s Supermarket), 345 Railroad Ave., Danville; and the Walnut Creek Branch, 1350 North Main St., Walnut Creek.

Based in Walnut Creek, Mechanics Bank is an independent, full-service community bank with approximately $19 billion in assets and 123 branches statewide. Learn more about the bank here.