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"Mushroom coin" redirects here. For information about the object also known as a Mushroom Coin, see coin counter. For the various types of coins, see Category:Coins.
Not to be confused with Koin.
Artwork of a Coin in Mario Kart 8
Artwork of a coin from Mario Kart 8
First appearance Mario Bros. (1983)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
“For some reason, Coins appear when you smash enemies! Don’t think about it too hard, Einstein! There are some supernatural phenomena in the world that just can’t be explained!!”
Wario, Wario Land 4

Coins (also called Mushroom coins in the Beanbean Kingdom) are the main currency of the Mushroom Kingdom. They can be collected in most Super Mario games. They have varying effects depending on the game type: in platformer games, they increase a player's score and grant extra lives; in racing games, they increase speed and recovery times; and in RPGs, they can be used to purchase items, all among other uses.


Main article: History of coins

Coins have had varied roles throughout the Super Mario franchise. In the Super Mario series, particularly the sidescrolling platforming games, collecting 100 typically gives the player an extra life. In the Mario Kart series, Coins appear less often, though they affect the racer's top speed. In the Mario Party series, coins mainly appear as a currency used on the game board. Certain minigames involve the characters collecting coins, and the only way to lose in them is by not collecting any coins. Similarly to the Super Mario series, the Yoshi's Island series and Wario Land series also include coins as collectible items. In the Paper Mario series and Mario & Luigi series, Coins are used as a form of currency.

Types of coins[edit]

Yellow Coins[edit]

Artwork of a Yellow Coin from Super Mario 64
A Yellow Coin

Yellow Coins are the main types of coins found in the Super Mario franchise. They are found everywhere, ranging from floating in the air, acquiring them through blocks, or by defeating enemies. Generally in Super Mario side-scrolling games, they are worth 50, 100 or 200 points. Collecting either 50 or 100 in certain games will make the player earn an extra life. Yellow Coins are the primary normal coins in most games.

Red Coins[edit]

Artwork of a Red Coin for Super Mario 64
A Red Coin
Main article: Red Coin

Red Coins are uncommon, but not rare in the Super Mario franchise. They first appeared as coins disguised as yellow coins in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, but later on, they are found in certain parts of a level or scattered throughout the level. They are worth more than Yellow Coins, as each Red Coin is worth two Yellow Coins in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, and collecting eight of them reveals a Power Star. Likewise, in Super Mario Sunshine, a Shine Sprite appears when eight Red Coins are collected. In Mario Party DS they are worth 5 Yellow Coins, replacing coin bags from previous Mario Party games. Their function varies from game to game, but the player usually has to collect eight of them to do something. In New Super Mario Bros. and its sequels, the player is granted an item such as a Fire Flower upon collecting 8 Red Coins.

Blue Coins[edit]

Artwork of a blue coin in Super Mario Sunshine
A Blue Coin
Main article: Blue Coin

Blue Coins are either part of completion of a game or another way of getting more coins. In Super Mario 64, they are found by defeating certain enemies or ground-pounding a Blue Coin Block. They are worth five Yellow Coins each as opposed to one. Blue Coins are found in hidden parts in Super Mario Sunshine, and are required in order to complete the game 100%, as ten Blue Coins can be spent to get a Shine Sprite. In most other games, they appear after a P Switch is pressed, and are worth one coin each.

Purple Coins[edit]

Purple Coin
A Purple Coin
Main article: Purple Coin

Purple Coins are found only in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 when a Purple Comet is orbiting a galaxy. Purple Coins can appear throughout a level, or they can appear in a certain spot. If the player can collect 100 Purple Coins (sometimes within a time limit), they can receive a Star. Unlike regular coins, Purple Coins do not heal lost health or restore breath while underwater.

? Coins[edit]

A ? Coin
Main article: ? Coin

? Coins are found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel. These coins do not count as normal coins, but they have many uses. Often, they make Coins, Star Bits, Power-Ups, and notes appear. In the Gusty Garden Galaxy, they even make other ? Coins appear.

Dragon Coins[edit]

YoshiCoin SMW.png
Main article: Dragon Coin

Found only in Super Mario World and remakes, these will grant Mario a life when all five are collected in each level. They are bigger than regular coins, and they have a portrait of Yoshi on them.

Frog Coins[edit]

A Frog Coin
Main article: Frog Coin

Frog Coins are a green coin exclusive to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and act as a second currency only accepted by amphibian characters. They can be exchanged for rare items at certain shops.

Star Coins[edit]

A Star Coin
A Star Coin
Main article: Star Coin

Star Coins are a type of Coin only found in New Super Mario Bros. games. There are three Star Coins in every level (except Warp Cannons, Enemy Courses and Toad's Houses). There are 240 in New Super Mario Bros. and 219 in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they serve for unlocking secret paths and in the former, unlocking new backgrounds for the touchscreen. Also, there are 231 in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and 246 in New Super Mario Bros. U and they serve for unlocking World 9/Superstar Road levels and in the former, buying Hint Videos for Princess Peach's Castle. Their locations, function, and size are similar to that of Dragon Coins.

Ace Coins[edit]

Main article: Ace Coin
Ace Coin

Ace coins only appear in Super Mario Advance and there are 5 Ace Coins hidden in each level. Their role in the game is the same as the Dragon Coin in Super Mario World. There are 100 Ace Coins overall. They are oval and have the letter "A" engraved on them.

Advance Coin[edit]

Main article: Advance Coin
AdvanceCoin SMA4.png

Advance Coins are special coins that appear exclusively in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They appear only in the new World-e levels. They are similar to Ace Coins in appearance, except for the fact that they're yellow.

Moon Coins[edit]

Main article: Moon Coin
Moon Coin
A Moon Coin

Moon Coins appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, and are only found in World Star. They have a 3-Up Moon imprinted on them. These coins replace the Star Coins of other worlds in the game. However, Moon Coins cannot be used as Star Coins (therefore they cannot be used to remove Star Coin Signs). Moon Coins are only used for collecting and are required to obtain one of the stars on the player's save file.

Green Coins[edit]

Main article: Green Coin
Green Coin
Three Green Coins

Green Coins have appeared in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Green Coins are activated by moving through a Green Ring. In the New Super Mario Bros. games, they act much like Red Coins, but these coins disappear much faster and five groups of three need to be collected. They always appear in groups of three and form a clover shape. In Super Mario 3D World, eight coins appear, and collecting them all results in a Green Star appearing.

Mario Coins[edit]

Main article: Mario Coin
Mario Coin

Mario Coins appear in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. These are used to earn prizes.

Regional Coins[edit]

Main article: Regional coin
Regional coins from Super Mario Odyssey.

Regional coins are coins appearing only in Super Mario Odyssey. They are different in appearance in each kingdom, and can only be used in the kingdom they are found in. They are also purple in color.

Flower Coins[edit]

Main article: Flower coin
Artwork of a spinning flower coin from Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Flower coins are coins appearing only in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. They can be spent in Poplin shops. They are purple in color, and come in 10 and 0.1 varieties.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 Coins for a 1-Up.

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: Each coin gives you an additional chance to win extra lives in the bonus game.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 of these to gain an extra life.
  • Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 coins to earn an extra Mario.

Super Mario World[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual: Collect 100 coins to earn an extra life.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: Coins are scattered all over the island. Collect them to restore health to Mario's life meter. What happens when Mario gathers 100 coins...?

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • Instruction manual: You'll gain an extra life if you collect 100 of these.
  • Website bio:
    • American English:
      The mushroom kingdom is overflowing with coins. You'll find them hiding under question blocks, grass, enemies, and more. You'll get a 1UP for every 100 that you find, so look far and wide to get as many as you can.
    • British English:
      Coins can be found all over the place. Collect 100 for an extra life!

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction manual: Collect 100 to earn an extra life.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

  • Instruction manual: Collect 100 coins to earn an extra life.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • Instruction manual: Collect 100 coins to get an extra life.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Super Mario Kart[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual (Game Modes): In MarioKart GP and Match Race, you can collect coins scattered across the racecourse. The more coins you collect, the faster your kart goes. If you have no coins left and you get hit, you will spin out. If you spin out, hit other karts, or go out of bounds, you lose coins, so be careful!
    • Note: Your kart reaches its maximum speed at 10 coins, but it never hurts to carry spares, so keep on collecting them!
  • Wii Virtual Console manual (Items): Using the coin item adds two coins to your coin total.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • North American Website bio: Scattered throughout each track, these golden goodies will boost your speed when you collect them. Your speed maxes out when you have 10 coins. Also, the more coins you collect, the more kart parts you unlock!

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Instruction manual (Item List): Gives you two extra coins.
  • Instruction manual (Grand Prix): Collect the coins found on the courses, up to a maximum of 10, to increase your speed. If you get knocked over or spin out of control, you will drop some of your coins.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • In-game description: Gives you two extra coins. The more coins you have, the faster your kart will move.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Tips & Tricks: This gives you two coins. It's used automatically once you pick it up.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Coin description claims that it is unclear as to whether or not Coins are the official currency of The Mushroom World, even though they were used as such in both Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario.

Name Image Game Description
Coin Coin Super Mario Bros.
The Mushroom Kingdom is dotted with these mysterious coins. There seems to be an endless supply hidden in various blocks, and Mario gains an extra life when he manages to collect a hundred of them. No one can confirm whether or not these coins are actually used as the currency of the Mushroom Kingdom, but it's a safe assumption.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Coin Coin Sticker New Super Mario Bros. [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +4
Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

  • Instruction manual: Collect 100 coins to earn one extra life.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

  • North American website bio: Usually found floating in the air. Use in-game coins you collect to give the capsule machine a spin.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

  • Collectible Treasure #6: Shiny gold coins that help Mario on his adventure. Those trusty overalls must have deep pockets...


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Coin.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コイン
メダル[1] (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
1ゴールドコイン[2] (Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land)
1 Gōrudo Koin
いろいスターコイン[3] (Super Mario 64)
Ki'iroi Sutā Koin
ヨッシーコイン (Yoshi's New Island)
Yosshī Koin


1 Gold Coin

Yellow-colored Star Coin

Yoshi Coin
Chinese (Simplified) 金币
Chinese (Traditional) 金幣
Dutch Munt Coin
French Pièce
Pièce de monnaie[4]
Coin (literally "piece of money")
German Münze Coin
Italian Moneta (most games)
Gettone (Mario Party DS)
Korean 코인
Portuguese Moeda Coin
Romanian Bănuț (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3) Diminutive of ban ("coin")
Russian Монета

Diminutive of coin
Spanish Moneda Coin
Swedish Guldmynt Gold coins



  1. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet. Page 24.
  2. ^ Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet. Page 7.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet. Page 18.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt Canadian instruction booklet. Page 32.