Some general FAQs that people ask before installing the Check Your Change Android app and some other questions relating to use of the app.
The app was first made live on the 6th February 2017.
It was created from October 2016 to December 2016 and Beta tested during January 2017.
The Premium Upgrade, which shows current values in used and as-new condition for all of the hundreds of coins contained within the app costs £2.99.
The upgrade includes one year of free updates to the valuations, which are made usually once or twice a month.
As of the release made on the 16th March 2017 the app is currently about 42mb in size. It was previously over 100mb but we have reduced the image sizes (kb not the dimensions) without reducing their visual quality and saved a huge amount of space!
The app can be used without an internet connection. The pictures and data are always there and can be viewed from anywhere in the universe!
The app doesn’t require or attempt to access any files on your phone/device, apart from its own files that are installed with the app (e.g. the many coin images).
Unfortunately Google does not use different nomenclature to differentiate your own media files and the files that are about to be installed with the app. Once the app related files are installed on your device Google sees them as ‘your files’ and as the app obviously needs access to its own files (which are now classed as ‘your files’), the ‘Photos/Media/Files’ access permission is shown when installing the app.
The only other permission required when installing the app is the ‘In-app purchases’ which is to facilitate the upgrade to premium version (to show the values) for those that wish to upgrade.
Yes, use of the app is free. Users can mark coins as got, change the quantity they have and also record a short note for every coin. The app is completely free of advertisements.
There is an option to ‘upgrade to premium’ which when purchased reveals current market values for all the coins in both used and as-new condition.
Currently it isn’t available for iOS devices but there are plans to develop an iOS version, which will hopefully be released mid 2017.
The app includes all of the current mainland UK coins that are can potentially be found in circulation, including quite a few coins that were only sold in BU sets, proof sets or single coin BU packages. Overseas UK territory coins are NOT included (e.g. from the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man etc).
Full list of coins covered in the app:
One Penny coins, 1971 – date
Two Pence coins, 1971 – date
Five Pence coins, 1990 – date (just the current smaller coins)*
Ten Pence coins, 1992 – date (just the current smaller coins)*
Twenty Pence coins, 1982 – date
Fifty Pence coins, 1997 – date, including all commemorative issues (just the current smaller coins)*
One Pound coins, 1983 – date
Two Pound coins, 1997 – date, including all the commemorative issues
Crowns of 25p face value, Crowns of £5 face value and pre 1997 single metal £2 coins are all technically legal tender but are never usually found in change, so are currently not included.
*Larger 1960s to 1990s 5p, 10p and 50p coins were issued but are obsolete and no longer legal tender, hence they are not included in the app.
Some very new coins that are not yet in circulation have ‘N/A’ in their Used value box, this is simply because the coin is so new that there are none in ‘Used’ condition.
On each individual coin page there is a notepad icon in the top right of the screen. Pressing this opens up a blank white area which can be used to record notes that relate to the coin currently opened. Its handy for recording things like where you got the coin, if you bought it, how much it cost, if it’s a BU coin in special packaging, if the coin has an error etc.
The notes space is limited to 256 characters.
Coins that were originally only made available in years sets (either proof or brilliant uncirculated) or sold individually in sealed packaging, rather than actually being placed in circulation are marked at the bottom left of the coin image with this icon:
Any of these coins that are found in circulation are coins that have been broken out of their packaging and spent at some stage! It doesn’t happen often, but it is technically possible and for this reason the ‘sets’ coins are included by default. If you’d rather strictly keep to collecting coins that were circulated, the ‘sets’ coins can be disabled and rendered invisible using the option in the settings (cog icon) options screen.
When the premium version has been purchased values for each coin in ‘As New’ and ‘Used’ condition are revealed.
A ‘Used’ coin is one that has seen normal circulation and has normal wear for its age and the duration it has been in general use. A used coin from circulation that has been damaged, has extreme wear or is in any other way compromised will only ever be worth face-value, or in the case of the currently higher priced coins it’ll probably be worth less than the value shown in the ‘Used’ box.
‘As New’ coins are coins with full lustre and no scratches or marks visible to the naked eye. Very minor imperfections may be tolerated, as long as the coin was made that way and is exactly how it left the Royal Mint when new.
In the vast majority of cases this will be coins that are still sealed in original packaging. The Royal Mint call such coins ‘Brilliant Uncirculated’ or ‘BU’ for short. It did used to be possible, 12 or more years ago, to get mint sealed bags of very high quality coins and in those bags (if you were lucky) were a few flawless coins with no scratches or marks. The app also classes such coins to be ‘As New’, although some people do insist that ‘BU’ means still sealed. In fact, the way the coin grading terms have evolved over the years is very confusing, even to experts!
Recently, due to the way the Royal Mint make and distribute new coins, there are very few (if any) perfect coins ever found in circulation, even fresh from their sealed bags they are usually very shiny, but in a sorry state in terms of the number of scratches and marks. The Royal Mint seem to take less care making coins for circulation and ‘BU’ is increasingly becoming a term used for the coins made to higher standards for sets etc, rather than what it used to be, which was a coin grade to denote a coin with full brilliance (lustre) and this potential confusion is why the term ‘As New’ is used within the app and not ‘BU’.
The crown icon, which is accompanied by a bronze, silver or gold border/background indicates that the coin is currently in more demand and usually worth more than face value. Gold coins currently sell for the most and/or are quite hard to find, silver coins are not as expensive as gold coins and bronze status coins are often just slightly more than face value.