The Sussex company buys foreign coins from charities, airlines and supermarkets that would otherwise be difficult to convert into sterling. When about one tonne of a particular currency has been collected and counted, the coins are shipped to the country of origin. Coin Co’s well-known clients include Oxfam and Asda. The company has increased its overseas sales since opening offices in Germany, Australia, Canada and a number of other countries. Staff numbers have also risen and now stand at 111. Under founder and chief executive John Baker, international sales at Coin Co have grown 58% a year, from £2m in 2006 to £4.9m in 2008.
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