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Leather Coin Purse – A Smart Accessory to Hold Your Change

“Keep the change.” 

How many times have you said this while paying bills? Probably most of the time, you say this as a gesture of gratitude – or sometimes when you don’t want to mess up with stowing coins.

But what if you need to pay for items with exact change? You rummage through the purse or pockets to find those invisible pennies while impatient shoppers lurk behind you, and the clerk is looking at you like you’re a relic from a bygone era. 

That’s why leather coins purses have been designed . You can serve up the proper change quickly with this compact, efficient coin purse. 

So, what exactly is the coin purse?

A coin purse or coin pouch is a small money bag, zippered wallet, or pouch made for stowing coins. People carry coin purses inside a big bag to keep the change at hand when needed and save the bag from any abrasions caused by metal coins. This is because the coins held in a man’s pants pocket or a woman’s lined purse tend to rub against the soft cotton linings and may lead to tears and holes over time, making the linings useless.

The leather change purses are chic and practical accessories that can keep your change safe and at hand whenever you need them. Most of the women use leather coin pouches and leather coin purses with zippers, while men use wallets with coin pockets as their everyday carry accessory. 

When was the coin purse invented?

The history of purses dates back over 5000 years. During the 13th century, before the introduction of paper currency, western Europeans used to carry small purses called almoners (alms bags or medieval money sac) to store coins. Those were usually simple drawstring leather pouches and most likely made from animal skins or bladders.

The fascinating history of leather coin purses

Change purses have been in use since there’s been coin money, and men were the first to carry genuine leather coin purses. Old coin purses from Egyptian hieroglyphs depicted men carrying small rudimentary pouches around their waist – hung on jewelled belts or pin to their undergarments to prevent theft. 

Over time, handmade leather coin purses had continually evolved to meet the needs of contemporary usage.

Let’s transcend the pages of history to know about the artistic evolution of change coin purses over time.         

Coin purses in the Middle Ages – Medieval money sack                                             ,

medieval pouches

During the early Middle Ages, coin purses were unisex- used by both men and women. In the 13th century, a medieval money sack was first used by the iceman Otzi. They were made with round pieces of recycled leather or heavy fabric and a drawstring at the top to seal the purse tight – often richly encrusted to emphasize the owners’ social status.

You can find the historical evidence of medieval coin bags in the manuscript “Book of Hours” from Poitiers, 1415, still kept in The Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

Medieval coin bags had convenient leather closing at the front with a flap or leather thong to keep coins safe and quick mounting to belts.

Coin purses during the Renaissance (16th and 17th centuries)

Coin purse fashion changed significantly during the Renaissance era. During that time, women started wearing wide dresses that had a lot of fabric so that they couldn’t wear their purses on the outside of their clothing. They wore coin pouches hanging on the inhttp://www.larsdatter.com/pouches.htmside of their attire.

Men’s fashion also changed with the invention of pockets around 1670. They no longer had to carry the small pouch strapped to a girdle as they evolved to become wallets

However, some men and women who couldn’t afford the fashion still carry wallets and coin purses to hold their money and coins. 

renaissance coin purse
Ancient handbags were small, often round pouches with a leather strap, and men usually tied them near their swords.

Coin purses during the industrial revolution – Relicules, Miser purse, Tam’O Shanter coin purse

The discovery of the ancient city of Pompeii in the 18th century led to the evolution of fashion- sleek and slender designs. Women were wearing more slim dresses and the coin purses had to be re-invented.

Reticules were introduced during this time and were more slender purses with a wrist strap. Those women’s leather coin purses were made of leather, suede, or attractive hinged shells. Many had vibrant mother-of-pearl type finishes and hand-painted with lovely florals or engraved with sentimental wishes like “My heart is Yours.” These coin purses were used as premium souvenirs throughout the Victorian era to carry English gold coins.

miser purses

The miser purse (stocking purse) also came into fashion by 1800. It was knit, crocheted, or netted with silk thread and decorated with fringe, tassels, and beads and was worn over the belt for safer traveling. 

The opening of the miser is in the middle of two larger sections of the purse; two metal rings would push down on each of the sides to secure the purse after coins were deposited. Miser bags were also designed with one round end and one square end to help the owner identify what would be carried on each side.

The Tam O’ Shanter coin purse was a novelty of the early 1900s. It had a rounded and beaded (knit into a star or spiral pattern) bottom section attached to a round metal top. The top was typically made of sterling or nickel silver over brass with repousse/embossed designs of coins, portraits, and Art Nouveau florals.

Modern day coin purses

During the Twentieth Century, as new technologies came along, the designs of coin purses evolved significantly to meet the needs of modern-day usage. Once the coin purse (leather pouch) that was used primarily for the carrying of coins are now used to carry cards and other essentials – they contain a coin pouch inside. 

Many of the designs we see today in women’s leather purses are handbags, satchels, and clutch. Today, security is an essential feature of a purse, and therefore contemporary purses have double fastening mechanisms and hardware, such as zippers, a popper, and a clasp. In contrast, men’s coin pouches have evolved into smart leather coin wallets with coin pouches and RFID protectionor leather coin case with a coin sorter.

zip round wallet

1. Zip around wallet

A zip-around wallet is the best small leather coin purse for women travellers. This subtle zip-around wallet is the unsung hero that will keep your cards, photos, cash, and bills at hand. It has a separate small zip pocket at the back to stow your coins. You can easily glide this into your luggage or big bags and quickly access it – its vibrant red or green colour will pop up whenever you unzip your bag.

2. Minimalist coin pouch trifold wallet

The simple and sleek leather trifold wallet with a coin pocket is a perfect everyday carry accessory that has plenty of space to hold your cards, bills, or receipts. It has an interior snap-button coin slot to stow your coins safely and securely without affecting the wallet’s longevity. Moreover, it features an elegant, polished appearance and slim profile that will keep the wallet compact and light even after stowing your essentials.                  

leather coin pouch wallet
coin sorter wallet

3. Coin purse wallet with coin sorter

A leather coin sorter wallet can hold all your change and serve it on cue with metal rods. You can just slide, sort, and serve. This handy coin holder wallet can stow your coins, including quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies, and is small enough to fit in the palm and can be carried anywhere in your pocket or purse. Whether you are a commuter, server, or man on the move, you need this contemporary change sorter coin purse to give the change in a Jiff. It will also be an indispensable companion in your car’s console.

How to make a leather coin purse?

Apart from all these designer wallets, you can also DIY a leather coin purse as per your choice. With proper tools and creativity, you can make your own leather coin pouch.

Here is the step-by-step guide in the picture.

This leather coin purse requires some simple crafting and sewing skills to seam up the sides and a leather chisel tool to punch the stitching holes for sewing.

Step 1: 

Make a leather coin pouch template on a card and write down the back, front, and flap on each side.

 

Step 2:

Trace out the template on the leather and cut it out using the paper cutter.

 

Step 3:

Now mark each side on the leather and fold accordingly by using the leather glue to the front and back side stick properly.

 

Step 4:

Now you can either put double cap rivets on the sides or hand stitch the sides (use Leather Chisel tool to punch the stitching holes for sewing.)

 

Step 5:

Cut the flap edges as round and punch the button in the centerline to add a button closure.

 

Step 6:

Clasp the button, and you are done.

For more tips, you can watch these tutorials to make leather coin purses at home:

  1. DIY Simple Leather Coin Pouch
  2. Leather working – Medieval leather coin pouch
  3. DIY mini leather coin purse for girls
  4. Making a leather origami coin pouch 
  5. DIY Japanese leather coin purse

Parting thoughts

Nowadays, we carry less cash and more cards but we still need coins. A coin wallet organizes your cards, grocery bill receipts, business cards, and change in a compact format, despite its versatility.

For short trips, casual commutes, or during shopping, coin purses can be handy. You can quickly bring out the coin purse when it is time to dispense change at the counter or feeding the meter.

With leather coin wallets and purses, there will be no more overflowing of coins.

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