If you’re planning to sell your old and foreign money, chances are that you will have to send it via a postal service. We do understand your prejudices as well as anxieties related to this method. Mail is faulty – letters can be lost, contents can get damaged and you might end up losing your money. We know it might be hard to put your trust into mailmen. After all, from the moment you send your money to the moment we receive it, you have hardly any control over the fate of your letter.
Sending cash via mail is generally not advised. You can do that much more safely and quickly via a bank transfer or a check. That, however, unfortunately only applies to money that’s in circulation. With old or foreign money using postal service is usually the only viable way.
This is why we decided to share this article with you. Here you will find a practical guide on how to send your cash safely. In this way, you will be able to sleep well knowing that your money is secure.
Conceal it as something else
Don’t make the actual contents of your letter obvious! You can easily deceive a potential thief by making your envelope look like a typical spam mail. With this method you need to make sure the addressee knows your letter is coming. Otherwise they might think it’s junk mail and throw away a small fortune! Another way is to send out a larger parcel with some junk inside and the cash stuck somewhere in the middle.
We do not advise you to put your cash in a birthday card! Money is a great gift, suitable for any occasion. Your grandparents know it and so do thieves!
Don't let the light in
A common way for thieves to find out whether or not your envelope contains money is putting it under a source of light. You can prevent that by wrapping your money in impervious paper or a piece of cardboard.
Pay a bit more for a peace of mind
If mailing smaller amounts of money sends your anxiety through the roof, shipping a larger block of banknotes might be your worst nightmare. In that case, we do recommend you to do some in-depth research on shipping companies to find out the safest option. Don’t be put off by a larger cost – the more you pay, the more likely it is that your cash will arrive at its destination unharmed.
It’s easy with banknotes, isn’t it? You can just whack them in an envelope and you’re done! Coins are a different story. They are heavy, they clang, they can easily tear an envelope. You need better security measures than a junk mail envelope to send coins!
Tape them to a piece of cardboard
It might seem like a lot of effort, but trust us, it’s a very safe method of sending coins. Simply get a piece of hard cardboard and tape each coin to it. Make sure they are not moving and not touching each other. That way you will avoid having your envelope torn and, most importantly, no one will find out what you’re actually sending!
Secure your envelope
There’s never enough security! Even if you tape your coins to a cardboard, the risk of an envelope tearing is still there. Use some extra tape to support it, especially in the corners.
Consider sending a parcel
If you’re planning to send a huge quantity of coins, a parcel could be a good solution. Make sure the coins don’t rattle. You can use the aforementioned cardboard taping method, coin wrappers or tin foil. Make sure you put some fillers such as old newspapers or bubble wrap into the parcel so that your coins won’t move around.
Sending money in the US
This is the safest way to send cash. Registered Mail is a service offered by US Postal Service as an extension of First-Class mail that can even be used to send classified documents. It might take longer than usual postage, however Registered Mail provides some serious security measures including handling mail in sealed containers. If you’re planning to send cash that way, Registered Mail should be your go-to! It is expensive, but it’s the most reliable and secure method.