Published on: March 2, 2023

Coin vending machines

Coin vending machines

Why in news? RBI in collaboration with banks, would be launching a pilot project to assess the functioning of a QR-code based coin vending machine.


What is the project about?

  • The vending machines would dispense coins with the requisite amount being debited from the customer’s account using United Payments Interface (UPI) instead of physical tendering of banknotes.
  • Customers would be endowed the option of withdrawing coins in required quantities and denominations.
  • The central idea here is to ease the accessibility to coins.
  • Proposed machine would eliminate the need for physical tendering of banknotes and their authentication
  • With particular focus on ease and accessibility, the machines are intended to be installed at public places such as railway stations, shopping mall and marketplaces.

About coins

  • Coins in India are issued in denominations of 50 paise, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees, ten rupees and twenty rupees.
  • Coins of up to 50 paise are called ‘small coins’ while those of one rupee and above are called ‘rupee coins’.
  • The total value of circulation of rupee is at increase of 7.2% from the year-ago period and circulation of small coins remained unchanged
  • It must be recalled that the payments interface for feature phones and apex regulator is also in the midst of a pilot for the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).