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 Coin Purse have been designed – to keep your change at hand. You can serve up the proper change quickly with this compact, efficient coin purse. Check out the best front pocket wallets for men that serve as coin purses today.

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. Coin Purse can be carried inside a big bag to keep the change at hand when needed and save the bag from any abrasions caused by metal coins. 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.

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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 Purse 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 Coin Purse have been in use since there has been coin money, and men were the first to carry genuine leather coin purses. Old coin purses can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphs that depict 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 grown to meet the needs of contemporary usage.
Let's transcend the pages of history to know about the artistic evolution of change Coin Purse..

Coin Purses in the Middle Ages – Medieval money sack

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 and often richly encrusted to emphasize the owners' social status. 

We can find the historical evidence of medieval Coin Purse in the manuscript "Book of Hours" from Poitiers, 1415, still kept in The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. 

Medieval Coin Purse 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 inside 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.

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. 

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.

Modern Day Coin Purses

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During the Twentieth Century, as new technologies came along, the designs of coin purses developed 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 developed into smart leather coin wallets with coin pouches and RFID protection or leather coin case with a coin sorter.

Zip Around Wallet

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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. This zippy wallet 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.

Minimalist Coin Pouch Trifold Wallet

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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. It features a polished appearance and slim profile that will keep the wallet compact and light even after stowing your essentials.

Coin Purse Wallet with Coin Sorter

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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 Coin Purse, including quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies, and small enough to fit in the palm and can be carried anywhere in your pocket or purse. Whether you are a commuter, server, or men on the move, you need this contemporary change sorter coin purse to give the gift of 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 Purse.

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

This leather Coin Purse requires some simple crafting and sewing skills to steam up the sides and a Leather Chisel tool to punch the stitching holes for sewing.
The following video link is comprised of 6 basic steps. 

Suggested tutorials for making leather coin purses:

DIY Simple Leather Coin Pouch
DIY Japanese leather coin purse
DIY mini leather coin purse for girls
Leather working - Medieval leather coin pouch
Making a leather origami coin pouch

Parting Thoughts


Coin Purse

Nowadays, we carry less cash and more cards. But we still need Coin Purse. A coin wallet organizes your cards, grocery bill receipts, business cards, and coins in a compact format, despite its versatility.
For quick 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 Purse and walllets, there will be no more overflowing of coins.