Product Type: True Utility gadgets
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Handy nugget holder
True Coin Stash Keyring
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True Coin Stash Keyring
Advantages: Good design, handy if needed
Disadvantages: Limited to pound coins, slight weight issues
There are benefits as well as issues with this quirky little money holder. It's designed to attach well to your keyring and is made of quality material. Deceptively small, it allows you to keep five £1 coins in it, all held in with a spring loaded screw top that is rubber sealed to keep it watertight. It should cost in the region of £5, depending on where you look.
Since I was a kid I've had a number of different money holders, usually those little discs that hold 5 £1 coins my granny used to give me to take to the fair. Needless to say, £5 doesn't get you much at the fair any more! Most of them were decent enough but I don't ever recall having one that attached to my keys as well. It makes it very handy to have, especially when you're paying for a ticket for your car, for example. Instead of digging in your pockets or some part of the car for loose change, you can be assured you have nuggets on your keys. Of course, this doesn't solve the problem if you need other coinage, but for pounds this is fine.
The holder will actually take coins smaller than pounds as well, although you may find you don't need to store these in quite the same way. Once the holder is full, the important bit is then the quality of the lid closing. It's quite exact in a way, as in it's easy to screw this in at an awkward angle. The spring is quite thin and weak, so if you distort it with force then it may stay that way and then be even more awkward to get into place once full. If you do it right though, once screwed on, the seal is very good. It feels firm and basically stays screwed on well no matter what. I've never had any issues with it feeling like it's coming loose at all.
A niggle I have with this though is the inevitable weight of it. It's made with aluminium so they have clearly thought about the weight element of it. However, once the five coins are in there the weight is much more considerable, and it weighs a lot on your keys. If you keep them like I do in your pocket, then the shape is obviously not affected but it's the weight that pulls down just that bit more. Similarly, if you're carrying your keys then the weight is more discernible.
I do use it sometimes, although because I often need more change than just the nuggets, I tend to have a lot loose anyway and wonder what the point of it is. If you know that you need pound coins in particular, for example for trolleys or swimming pool lockers, then this may be just the ticket for you. Also, if you can remember to make sure this is always stocked, then you're assured of that little bit of change whenever you may need it. It hooks onto your keyring very easily and so there's no issues there at all, and although I have mentioned issues with a full holder and the weight, it really is no different to having five pound coins loose in your pocket.
Overall, this is a little quirky coin holder worth having if you can see a use for it for you. It's the sort of thing I only use occasionally for the very reason that I need random change and not just nuggets, but it depends on the individual. Recommended, but it depends on the individual.
Summary: Well designed coin holder than can hold five £1 coins