While working in security for Laker Airways, John Baker was asked to shift a load of foreign coins that had been left at the airport. This laid the foundations for Coin Co International, which buys foreign coins from numerous countries and sources—including charity buckets, shop tills, parking meters and vending machines—and returns them to their respective national banks. Building on the mobility of tourists and business travellers, and on the post-Soviet emergence of new national currencies, this family-owned company has increased its international sales by 52% a year, from £3m in 2007 to £6.8m in 2009.
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